Sex and The City, Bridesmaids, Hunger Games, and the Breakthrough Dilemma

When will women and people of color achieve parity in front of and behind the camera?

Not when a break out film featuring women breaks box office records.

Not when there are more women directors.

Not when they are more women cinematographers, investors, financiers, post production supervisors, critics or screenwriters.

It’s all of the above. Not one thing or one film or Internet distribution or global partnerships, but continual, unrelenting hard work and struggle. That’s what will change the picture.  So if women think we can point to the success of say, Hunger Games, and ride that to success, we are wrong.

Seizing every opportunity, recovering from every disappointment, working from the inside and from the outside, going global, staying local, indie and studio, online and on IMAX, we have to work and build legacies and reach back and link arms. Tangibly supporting the work of others.  Either we do that or … we’ll find ourselves chasing goals — the first woman to direct a project that makes more then $x — that merely replicate what someone else has already achieved. Without necessarily making space for bold, inventive work, or more equitable, more effective ways of organizing the entertainment business.


Dream bigger. Be bold. Think different.


About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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