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Film jobs for women still lag

October 27, 2009|Lee Margulies

Women are much more likely to hold jobs as directors, cinematographers and other key creative personnel on independent films than on major studio movies, a new study says. But their employment figures still lag well behind men even there.

The report, being released today by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, looked at employment figures on 906 feature-length U.S. movies that were shown at one of 25 American film festivals between June 2008 and May 2009.

It found that women made up 24% of directors, writers, producers, cinematographers and editors on these films, with heavier representation in documentaries than in narrative works.

An earlier study by the center found that women held 16% of the equivalent jobs on the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2008.

-- Lee Margulies

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