Friday Link Roundup – International Women’s Day Edition

International Women's Day

Ok look. I think it’s silly that it even has to be pointed out that there is some great work being done by women in film and television. Of course there is. If you’re the sort of person that needs to be given a list in order to believe it than you’re probably not the sort of person who would be checking out this site anyway.

But it’s Friday and International Women’s Day was this week so below is just such a list. I’d love it if instead of thinking of it as proof, you instead take it as an opportunity to discover, support, and enjoy work by and about women that perhaps you may have missed.

  • Broad City returned for its third season last month and the friendship between main characters Abbi and Ilana is one of our favourite things on TV right now. Megan Garber wrote a fantastic article on The Atlantic titled Broad City and the Triumph of the Platonic Rom-Com.” The article is about the growing number of female friendships that are at the centre of shows like Broad City.
  • New Yorker columnist Emily Nussbaum also wrote about Broad City recently and focused more on the specific style of humour the show uses. Her piece includes the amazing line: “as Oprah is to Liz Lemon, Nicki Minaj is to Ilana.”
  • Last month Vanity Fair ran a profile on Kathleen Kennedy, a woman they dub “The Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood.” That sounds hyperbolic but one look at Ms. Kennedy’s IMDb page is enough to think that maybe it’s actually an understatement. Her first producer credit is for a little movie called E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (perhaps you’ve heard of it) and since then has worked on projects like the Indiana Jones series, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Schindler’s List. She’s now the head of Lucasfilm and has producer credits on all of the upcoming Star Wars films. I happen to believe the galaxy far, far away is safe in her hands.
  • And if a woman running the creative direction for a universe full of characters is your thing (and I so hope it is), check out Vox’s profile on Sana Amanat, the Director of Content and Character Development at Marvel Comics. Sana has been instrumental in some of Marvel’s best books in the last few years and has pushed the company to be more diverse and reflective of the comic-reading community. (If you want to read some of Ms. Amanat’s editorial work we heartily recommend Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, and Captain Marvel.)
  • Jen Chaney of Cosmo recently interviewed a female agent from a top American talent agency to discuss the female wage gap for actors.
  • Paul Feig (who, admittedly is a man) sat down with Empire magazine to discuss the trailer for his new Ghostbusters. The new trailer includes a slower, somber version of Ray Parker Jr.’s original theme song but I’ve got my fingers crossed for an official Beyoncé cover dropping soon.
  • If you happen to be in the market for bold ladies directing you to amazing content (and who isn’t?), may we suggest two of our favourites: Two Bossy Dames and the Unfriendly Black Hotties.
  • This week the second Wachowski sibling came out as transgender. Lilly Wachowski posted a statement in the Windy City Times announcing her transition. Hitfix has a great article pointing out that with projects like The Matrix, Cloud Atlas, and Sense8, the Wachowski’s “have been telling us for years that we are more than these skin suits we wear.”

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