August 1, 2000 |
It has taken the new millennium for female film pioneers to finally achieve some of the recognition they have long deserved. Names like Frances Marion, Lois Weber, Alice Guy, Helen Gardner and Dorothy Arzner are taking their rightful place in the annals of film history. At a time when most women were housewives, mothers or secretaries, these plucky and brave women were writing, directing and producing films when the medium was in its infancy.
July 24, 2000 |
She is known as La Dona, The Devourer of Men, Maria Bonita, La Generala. She is a woman of power, fame, fortune and charisma, who in a land of machos, threw their machismo back in their faces with near supernatural force. Maria Felix, the iconic Mexican movie star, is scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award Saturday at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Festival organizers have been gingerly and frantically trying to confirm her appearance.
July 17, 2000 |
The title of the movie scheduled to open this year's Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, "Woman on Top," is a fitting description for the prominence of women filmmakers represented in the fourth annual event. The festival, beginning Friday and continuing through July 30 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, will feature a special program, "Women's Visions," highlighting the work of several contemporary Latin American and American female directors.
May 29, 2000 |
Four pioneer women filmmakers--directors Alice Guy, Lois Weber and Dorothy Arzner and writer Frances Marion--are the subject of AMC's "Reel Models: The First Women of Film,' which airs Tuesday night. Executive produced by Barbra Streisand--who also hosts--and Cis Corman and directed and produced by Susan and Christopher Koch, the hourlong documentary features clips and interviews with various film historians, including Anthony Slide, about these trailblazing women.
July 19, 1998 |
Five minutes into our meeting, Drew Barrymore starts telling me about her watch. It's bright blue--plastic, of course, since Barrymore is an ardent vegetarian and won't wear leather--and was a promotional item from the company that makes "Otter Pops." * "Otter Pops," she says politely, because Barrymore is the kind of person who will say "bless you" when anyone within earshot sneezes.
July 17, 1998 |
In a bleak assessment of female employment in Hollywood, two separate studies have concluded that women continue to lag significantly behind their male counterparts in key creative positions even as the movie and television industries enjoy boom times. The Directors Guild of America came out with a report this week showing that the number of days worked by female film directors fell from 8.