This series aims to raise the profile of female media creators, artists, and decision-makers with the goal of facilitating open dialogue and proposing concrete action (“the ask”) towards achieving equality and inclusion in the media industries – and society at large. Read more here.
I’m knee-deep in production for Season 3 of the series formerly known as [Blank] My Life, renamed Spooksville. The new title is meant to be sexier, so please email me afterwords on if it’s working? We need your feedback and we need it….now.
With a budget of $10,000 for everything (sounds like a lot….but it’s not!) there’s a lot of calling, a lot of call-waiting, a lot of waiting for calls, a lot of waiting to be texted back, a lotta not getting calls back, a lotta missed calls, a lotta longing, and a lot of lost sleep. It’s a lot of bargaining for hours and free space, a lot of compromises, and a lot of script re-writes to fit the new situations. It’s a lotta work that for the past 3 years hasn’t given me much in return. If I were smart, I think I’d leave the person I was fucking and find someone new.
Why is net neutrality important? Simply put, net neutrality is a policy that creates an even playing field for internet service providers (ISPs), thus benefiting consumers and allowing for freer communications online. It prohibits providers from jockeying for influence and dominance through the use of blocking or slowing down data transmission. Net neutrality keeps the internet 'open' and not subject to corporate interests to push their data over another company. Imagine bingeing on your favorite show on Netflix, then suddenly it's slowed down or even stops, not loading, or taking a long time to load. Without net neutrality this could mean that Comcast or another ISP is slowing it down in favor of their own data services. But it's not just about what you want to watch on Netflix, it's about the internet in general and how we get news, how we communicate online, and how we organize ourselves. The Federal Communications Commission has oversight of this, and is trying to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order which established net neutrality in the U.S. This could lead to censorship by one ISP over another and require us to pay even more for internet service.
We've been here before. Media history teaches us that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 opened the floodgates for massive deregulation of media services in the U.S. and the corporate dominance over media; at the time, the Chairman of the FCC was Michael Powell, a Republican appointee, just like Ajit Pai, the current Chairman of the FCC. When one corporation can own basically all the newspapers in any market in the U.S., or the television stations or radio stations, it means that not only do we get watered-down, homogeneous news typical from one market to another, and less local news that directly impacts residents, it also means that there are fewer voices of women and minorities who represent those media as media owners, and less journalism around local events that impact civil society and the daily lives of people. Opposition to net neutrality and the support for a 'closed internet' is further evidence of the interests of corporations over people and any achievement of overturning the 2015 Open Internet Order will represent the triumph of deregulatory interests of the corporate world. It will contribute to the censoring and silencing of people's voices and deny our need for open communications systems.
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Her Film Project seeks articles and interviews about films, television, and web series of 2017 that are made by or starring members of minority and marginalized communities on screen and behind the camera, across race, gender, age, sexuality, and ability. Contributions addressing representations of characters' status, religion, and culture are welcome, as are contributions on films and series with problematic on screen representations of minority and marginalized communities; the latter should include key points on the politics of representation. Films and series can be from anywhere in the world and be new in 2017 or continuing from previous years. They should preferably be accessible through a streaming service, online, or on DVD or Blu-Ray. Narrative works and documentaries are welcome.
- Include some critical analysis rather than doing a 'best' or 'worst' of 2017 piece. Word count should be 800-1,200 words.
- Include an image (limit three) with accompanying copyright permission/credit, along with links to social media or websites for more information on the film/series.
- Contributors should submit a short biography of 50 words or less and may include a social media handle or website/blog URL.
- Contributions should be made in .docx Word only, and images submitted in JPG format.
Submit proposals or completed articles/interviews by email or DM/tag on Twitter @HerFilmProject (original work is preferred over cross-posts).
Deadline for contributions: December 23.
Articles to be posted from December 24-31.
Some films and series contributors might discuss include:
aka Wyatt Cenac
All Eyez on Me
The Big Sick
Beauty and the Beast
Cuba and the Cameraman
The Dark Tower
Dear White People (2017)
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Extreme(ly Queer) Muslims
Fresh Off the Boat
I Love You, America
Grace and Frankie
The Handmaid's Tale
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Incredible Jessica James
Master of None
The Meyerowitz Stories
One of Us
Orange is the New Black
Our Souls at Night
The Problem with Apu
The Secret Life of Muslims
She's Gotta Have It (2017)
Star Trek: Discovery
Switched at Birth
This Is Us
The Walking Dead
When We Rise
Jacqueline Lee Katz