As part of an initiative with Women In Film, Turner Classic Movies presents Trailblazing Women, a month-long programming event featuring films made by women directors, created to raise awareness about the historical contributions of women working behind the camera.
Statistics continue to prove a lack of parity in positions like directing, editing, writing and cinematography. According to Women In Film, men outnumbered women 23-to-1 as directors of the 1,300 top-grossing films since 2002.
“There are tremendous growth opportunities for women working behind the camera and by shining a spotlight on the women who have challenged gender stereotypes while carving out successful careers, we hope to inspire change,” said Kirsten Schaffer, WIF Executive Director.
Hosted by actress, producer and director Illeana Douglas, the program premiered on October 1st and airs every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the entire month. The films showcase a variety of filmmakers from the early days of cinema through modern times with more than 50 films being shown.
Unfortunately, we missed the first few air dates, which covered Women Film Pioneers (Oct 1), Studio Directors (Oct 6) and Independent Classics (Oct 8), but we are psyched to set our DVR for tonight’s theme, The 1980s.
The marathon begins at 8pm EST and runs into the wee hours of the morning with a stellar lineup including: Crossing Delancey (Director: Joan Silver), Look Who’s Talking (Director: Amy Heckerling), A Dry White Season (Director Euzhan Palcy), Mrs. Soffel (Director Gillian Armstrong), and Cookie (Director: Susan Seidelman).
Other upcoming themes include Essential Documentaries, The 1990s, African-American Independents, International Breakthroughs and A New Generation.