Ending the Inequity: Women Make Movies Supports Women Filmmakers With Industry Opportunities

Ending the Inequity: Women Make Movies Supports Women Filmmakers With Industry Opportunities

By Tracie Holder

Recently, Indiewire released an article, “Sorry, Ladies: Study on Women in Film and Television Confirms The Worst,” in which they reported the following:

Only 12% of all clearly identifiable protagonists were female in 2014. This represents a decrease of 3% from 2013 which is a decrease of 4% since 2002.

74% of all female characters were White, 11% were Black, 4% were Latina, 4% were Asian, 3% were otherworldly, and 4% were other. Moviegoers were almost as likely to see a woman portray an alien as they were to see a Latina or Asian female character.

Nieman Reports: ‘Greg Marinovich, NF ’14, joins with fellow photographers to showcase more of the images they create’

Nieman Reports: ‘Greg Marinovich, NF ’14, joins with fellow photographers to showcase more of the images they create’

By Greg Marinovich

A couple years ago, just as I was starting my Nieman year, the “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” exhibit curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston was traveling across the U.S.

Having just seen it in Los Angeles, my friend Jonathan Diamond called me. Why, he asked, when photojournalists shoot so many images on an assignment, are we limited to seeing just one or two in a newspaper or magazine? Why not showcase 10 or 20? There was, I said, no reason, other than the limitations of print.

And so The Stand started as a digital photojournalism magazine, one that would draw photographers from around the world, transcend borders by relying on images rather than text, and treat photojournalists and their work with respect.