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Melissa Silverstein (@melsil), writer, activist, and leading expert in gender parity in Hollywood (founder of www.womenandfilm.com and the Athena Film Festival talks with us about the facts of gender inequality in entertainment and how the disparity impacts our lives more than we think! After, T&A chat with eachother about how we, as women, grapple with erasing a history of silencing women in the public sphere.
Are people aware that there is a lack of opportunity for women in film? (03:00)
How many women are really working on the Top 250 grossing films? (03.25)
Are the stats any different for TV? (03:55)
84% of first-time TV directors are men and that affects a woman’s future in film? (04:35)
Women don’t get the opportunities to direct $100m movies (06:32)
We all live in a world where an unconscious bias affects us (08.28)
There is an assumption that animated movies and action movies such as Superman are geared towards males and therefore even the characters and extras are overwhelmingly male (09:00)
When women fail at something, they just fail out of the industry. When men fail, they get another chance (11:18)
People are hungry and desperate to see things that reflect themselves (13:25)
Women are kept out of high-budgets because their competence is not trusted (14:15)
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Robert Winfree and Mark Radulich host a special full season review of the latest collaboration between Netflix and Marvel, Jessica Jones!
Marvel's Jessica Jones, or simply Jessica Jones, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the second in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover miniseries. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios and Tall Girls Productions, with Rosenberg serving as showrunner.
Marvel's Jessica Jones is the newest comic character to be adapted from comics to a live action series on Netflix. After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jessica is rebuilding her personal life & career as a private detective in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s time the world knew her name…
In the first episode of the show Jones is hired to find a pretty NYU student who's vanished, but it turns out to be more than a simple missing persons case.
Hosts Brett & Elana will discuss each episode one by one with special guests joining in. For this episode they'll be joined by Sarah Jaffe & Steven Attewell.
Jaffe is a reporting fellow at the Nation Institute & a giant nerd who once upon a time wrote about comics more than she wrote about politics, believe it or not, and she has lots of feelings about superhero movies AND their politics. She is working on her first book which is about social movements since the financial crisis & will be released next August from Nation Books. Follow her on Twitter.
Attewell is a political & union activist. He got his PhD in Policy History from the University of California, Santa Barbara & teaches public policy at CUNY's Murphy Institute for Labor Studies. His essays have appeared in Esquire, Salon & two books on the subject. He co-hosts the Game of Thrones Podcast & is the founder & writer of Race for the Iron Throne.
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