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"J. Senft" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 18 Jul 1996 15:05:20 -0400
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At 02:19 PM 7/17/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Just wanted to vent something that has been annoying me lately.  Why is it
>that indie film has totally stopped giving any attention to women
>filmmakers in favor of lavishing media on waifish model-of-the-week
>actresses?  When indie film was new, there were lots of talented directors
>that got attention -- Alison Anders, Julie Dash, Leslie Harris, Rose
>Troche, etc. etc.  And now???
>For example, there is an excellent film out now that I saw at New Directors
>called WALKING AND TALKING.  A great film from a woman director &
>screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, starring non-waif, very talented actressed
>Catherine Keener and Anne Heche.  Its about a couple of friends in their
>late 20's -- one is getting married, and the other can't even get a date.
>Its one of the only films in recent memory that seriously takes an interest
>in friendship between two women.
>Now why hasn't the media taken notice of this?  Siskel and Ebert gave it
>two thumbs up and said it was one of the best films they've seen in a
>while.  Yet you see no news about it, etc.
Actually, Walking and Talking has gotten quite a bit of press, including
reviews and a big ad in the New York Times.
I agree, though, "male" is viewed as the norm, with female the deviation.
We hear films [geared to women] called "chick movies" while the rest are not
referred to as "guys' buys."
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