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Cannes Film Festival: Jane Campion Accuses Film Industry of ‘Inherent Sexism’

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By RACHEL DONADIO  of the New York Times

CANNES — Strong women were in the spotlight as the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival got under way today. While Nicole Kidman defended her film “Grace of Monaco,” Jane Campion, the president of this year’s main competition jury, said she believed that “inherent sexism” was one reason there were so few female film directors.

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INDEPENDENT WOMEN: BEHIND-THE-SCENES EMPLOYMENT ON FESTIVAL FILMS IN 2013-14

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martha_lauzenby Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D.
Copyright  ©  2014 – All rights reserved.

This study provides employment figures for domestically and independently produced feature-length documentaries and narrative films screening at 23 high-profile film festivals in the United States.  Women comprised 26% of individuals working as directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers. This is even with the figure from 2011-12 and up 2 percentage points from 24% in 2008-09.

The percentage of women working on documentaries continues to be larger (28%) than the percentage working on narrative features (24%).  Women accounted for 23% of directors working on all of the films considered, 28% of directors working on documentaries and 18% working on narrative features.

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Top Disney TV Official, Anne Sweeney, to Step Down

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LOS ANGELES — In a move that stunned Hollywood, the television industry’s most powerful woman, Anne M. Sweeney, said on Tuesday that she would step down as president of the Disney-ABC Television Group to become a TV director.

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SXSW: Lena Dunham Calls For Industry to Change Its Attitude Toward Women in Keynote Speech

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Lena Dunham started her keynote speech at SXSW by going over her journey to this point -- thanking the festival for giving her the opportunity to be featured there in multiple years -- but she closed out with a bang, calling on the entertainment industry to change in regard to the way it sees women. In a spirited and quick-flowing final flourish, Dunham sped through a statement of purpose that's listed in full below.

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Women's Media Center Study Will Cause Depression, Nausea

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We’re just a couple of months into 2014 and already women are making serious strides in the media. After all, February marked the first time in human history that NBC allowed a woman to anchor the primetime Olympics coverage without a man by her side.

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