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“The Female Gaze” is my second book, released in November 2018. This is a coffee-table style guidebook to some of my favorite movies made by women, which hopefully will come in handy when you’re deciding what to watch. There are 52 films in total, with 30 essays put together by me, and 25 reviews by established and aspiring female film critics. By watching these movies you will see how a different perspective behind the lens means the stories on screen (and the way they are told) feel different.
There’s not really a “female gaze” that is equivalent to the “male gaze” - since the latter is a product of our patriarchal society - but each film feels uniquely feminine in one way of another. The selection of films also tell a larger story about women in film - the lack of female filmmakers of color until the 1990s, the huge gaps of films made by women from 1930 until the 70s, and the struggle each of the filmmakers had to make their movies.
You can order the book from Amazon here, and if you’re in LA, I’m holding a special event at Larry Edmunds bookshop on Hollywood Blvd on Wed Nov 28th at 7:30pm.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS:
Jamie Broadnax is the founder and creator of the online publication Black Girl Nerds. She executive produces the BGN podcast and has a book due out soon about the community of nerdy women of color.
Monica Castillo is a writer and critic based in New York City. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Village Voice, RogerEbert.com, Cosmopolitan, Remezcla, NPR, and The Boston Globe.
Jacqueline Coley is an Editor at Rotten Tomatoes and previously worked as a film journalist and critic. Jacqueline’s interests include musical theater, indie film, comics, and gaming, she's also passionately committed to promoting diverse and under-represented voices in filmmaking and film criticism; particularly women of color.
Roth Cornet is the Editor-in-Chief of the popular digital media brand ScreenJunkies News. She has worked in production, acquisitions, criticism, and entertainment reporting. In other words, she’s traveled the fields of the entertainment industry, where she hopes to eventually bump into herself.
Aline Dolinh is a writer and undergraduate student at the University of Virginia. In the past, she’s served as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal, and her pop culture writing can be found online at Film School Rejects and Vinyl Me, Please.
Grae Drake is a host, journalist, media sensationalist and without a doubt one of America’s most celebrated personalities in entertainment journalism. With her signature pink hair and devil-may-care attitude, the Senior Editor of Rotten Tomatoes has cemented her place in the hearts and minds of viewers and celebrities alike with her piercing wit matched with her one-of-a-kind expert analysis.
Marya E. Gates has a BA in Comparative and French Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Screenwriting from the Academy of Art University. She has been blogging, vlogging, and podcasting about film and feminism for over ten years.
Aisha Harris covers culture at The New York Times. Prior to that, she covered culture for Slate and served as the host for the Slate podcast Represent.
Jenna Ipcar is a Brooklyn-based critic who has been writing about film for online publications since 2013. She co-founded Back Row (www. back-row.com), a female-run movie review website and podcast.
Miri Jedeikin is a film reporter, critic, and Masters of ClinicalPsychology candidate. She lives in Los Angeles, CA, and hails from Montreal, Quebec, the province that is also home to the almighty poutine.
Sumeyye Korkaya graduated from the University of Michigan with a Women’s Studies degree. She loves cultivating relationships with her sister-friends by dissecting romantic comedies, planning exclusive soirees, and blueprinting a future women’s resort.
Tomris Laffly is a New York-based film writer and critic. She regularlycontributes to Time Out New York, RogerEbert.com, Film Journal International, and Film School Rejects, and has bylines in a number of other outlets, including Variety and Vulture. She has a specialinterest in the awards season and covers various film festivals throughout the year.
Moira Macdonald has been a staff critic at The Seattle Times since 2001, writing about movies, books, dance, and other things that delight her.
Jessie Maltin is a proud member of the mighty Maltin Empire, running www.leonardmaltin.com and co-hosting the Maltin on Movies podcast. She was raised in the wild by cinephiles and lived to tell the tale.
Merritt Meacham is a writer based in Salt Lake City, UT, and is never happier than when she’s watching a film on the big screen.
Amy Nicholson is a film writer and critic for Variety, The Guardian, and the Washington Post, and is the host of the movie podcasts The Canon and Unspooled. Her first book, Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, was published by Cahiers du Cinema.
Carla Renata is the host/creator of Black Tomatoes at Black Hollywood Live and a proud member of (LAOFCS) Los Angeles Online Film Critics Association, (AAFCA) African American Film Critics Association, and (OAFFC) Online Association of Female Film Critics. Her work has been featured online via Ebony.com, AAFCA.com, and TheCurvyFilmCritic.com.
Piya Sinha-Roy is a journalist in Los Angeles covering film, industry news, and representation in Hollywood.
Farran Smith Nehme has written about film and film history for the New York Post, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, and Criterion. She writes about classic film at her blog, Self-Styled Siren. Her novel, Missing Reels, was published in 2014.
Danielle Solzman is a transgender film critic based in Chicago and writes for Solzy at the Movies among other outlets. You can follow her on Twitter: @DanielleSATM
Tiffany Vazquez is the Senior Content Manager of Film at GIPHY. Before GIPHY, she worked at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and earned two Masters degrees, one in Cinema Studies from NYU and the other in International Communications from St. John’s University. She obviously likes film a lot, and she has appeared on Turner Classic Movies as a Saturday Daytime host.
Holly Weaver is a fourth-year BA French and Spanish student at the University of Leeds. After graduation, she hopes to earn a master’s degree in film studies.
Clarke Wolfe is an actress, a host, and a producer. She founded her production company, Rocket Ships and Dreams Productions, in 2013 and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
April Wolfe is a writer, filmmaker, and film critic in Los Angeles. She hosts the genre-film podcast Switchblade Sisters on the Maximum Fun network.
Alana Wulff is a writer, editor, and author with a deep love of pop culture and some might say an unnatural obsession with Christina Ricci. Alana’s latest book, GIRLISH, is a guide to feminism for tween and teen girls the world over.
Jen Yamato is a film reporter and critic for the Los Angeles Times who has covered Hollywood and pop culture for outlets including Movieline, Deadline Hollywood, and The Daily Beast. She is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and once upon a time could throw a bullet to home plate all the way from center field.
‘Backwards and in Heels’ is my first book, published in August 2017 by Mango Publishing. The title refers to a quote about Ginger Rogers, how she did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels. And that to me was the perfect metaphor for women in film, Because women have always been instrumental in Hollywood, accomplishing and creating right alongside the men… they just had more obstacles to overcome.
I wanted to write this book to share quick stories of some of these incredible women. The ones who shaped American cinema into what it is today. From the very first women in Hollywood, like Alice Guy Blache, one of the first filmmakers in the world. Or Helen Holmes, an actress slash director slash stuntwoman who starred in her own serials. There was Dorothy Arzner, the only female director in the 1930s, who also invented the boom microphone. And Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American woman to win an Oscar, who was banned from sitting with her ‘Gone With The Wind’ co-stars due to segregation. These women paved the way for more, like director and actress Ida Lupino, inventor Hedy Lamarr, action star Pam Grier and the group of filmmakers who took the studios to court in the 1980s over gender discrimination.
I was also lucky enough to do exclusive interviews with today's cinema trailblazers, such as Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, J.J. Abrams, Octavia Spencer, America Ferrera, Paul Feig and more. They each told me about the work they're doing inside Hollywood to try and change it. Then I look into the future, about whether I’m truly optimistic for gender equality.
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