By Devon White
Did you know that women comprise only 7% of all directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films? In contrast, women buy a higher percentage, (55%), of movie tickets compared to men. These revealing demographics clearly suggest the need for more female representation in front of and behind the camera.
Stephen’s College, a historical women’s college located in Columbia, Missouri, has been featuring female filmmakers in its Citizen Jane Film Festival since 2008. The festival was created to address, “the gross underrepresentation of women in the film industry…by showcasing films you may never have the opportunity to see coupled with unique experiences” (2010 CJFF).
“Reconstructing Reality” was the theme for the 2010 Citizen Jane Film Festival. From October 15-17 CJFF featured intimate conversations with filmmakers, short films, and in-depth workshops about the craft of filmmaking. By highlighting women in filmmaking, the festival gives the filmmakers exposure and resonates to a wider audience in an industry where women are an anomaly.
Check out the Citizen Jane Film Festival website to learn more about how filmmakers and film lovers, regardless of gender, celebrated another year of women in filmmaking!