A Month of Movies: Miss Representation -- Not Just For Feminists
By Morgan Shanahan on February 09, 2011
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Jennifer Siebel Newsom's Miss Representation is proving itself a force to be reckoned with. It was high on my list of movies I desperately wanted to see but missed out on at Sundance -- the list of interviewees reads like a who's who of women in Media, and listening to Siebel Newsom speak about her plans for the film, and the movement it seeks to launch is to be inspired (or numb to your core.)
Cherie over at The Daily Femme sums up the issues at the center of the doc nicely --
In the documentary, Newsom interviews some of America’s most influential women in politics, news, and entertainment in order to address the issue of how the media perpetuates the notion that women’s primary value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality -- not in their abilities as leaders. Just checking out the trailer gives me that great tingly feeling of excitement that this film is going to kick ass and I believe Jill Miller Zimon put it best when saying “If you’re not interested in this film, then you’re not remotely interested in our future – especially not the future of your daughter, your wife, your sister, or the women responsible for giving birth to you.”
Read the rest of Cherie's post, and see the trailer for the film, HERE.
And uh...speaking of Jennifer Siebel Newson...not sure if you noticed, but yesterday Jennifer took to BlogHer to chronicle her experience sharing her film with women around the country (Hi Jennifer! Welcome to BlogHer! Invite me to a screening of your movie!) -- here's what she had to say about the Sundance kick off:
Women in the audience shared their frustrations about what they see in mainstream media and were eager to talk more about what we could all do to create change. Men came up to us saying, ‘this movie makes me want to be a better man.’ We were swarmed by people asking us to please screen at their grade schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, and film festivals.
I can't go on. I'm already seething with jealousy for having missed her Q&A. Read the rest of Jennifer's post about her experience in competition at Sundance HERE.
Morgan (The818) is a blogger and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. She overshares her personal life - complete with curse words - at The818.com, talks art and design over at Cargoh.com, and tweets: @the818.
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