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.
If you've ever heard of TED talks, a series of talks given around the world by activists, artists, investors, entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists, tech experts, inventors and many more people who are pushing the envelope and helping to improve the world in various ways, you might have heard of TEDx, which are TED-inspired talks independently organized by communities. This December 5, the great city of Toronto will host its first TEDx Women talk at the Arta Gallery in the historic Distillery District.
TEDxDistilleryDistrictWomen is currently calling for applications from speakers (designers, leaders, thinkers, problem-solvers). Applications are due by October 15. Details are available on the TEDxDistilleryDistrictWomen website.
I urge women filmmakers and women in media to get involved and apply to be a speaker!
Any person who makes a film and works to market and distribute it is an entrepreneur, and you are more tuned in to technological changes if you're involved in transmedia or multimedia platforms for your work. Whether you have something to say about crowdfunding, distribution models, marketing, creating space and more opportunities for women artists, technological innovations affecting film and other media, media policy, or anything related, you should GET INVOLVED! I plan on attending this event and hope to see you there! Let me know if you will be speaking or attending; I'd love to meet with you and learn about your work. Contact me.
Canadian filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy's latest film, H & G, will be given its world premiere this weekend at the Vancouver International Film Festival (details). A new look at the 200-year old Brothers Grimm fairytale, Hansel and Gretel, director and co-writer Esterhazy delves into some even deeper and as equally dark material as witches and cannibalism, injecting a contemporary social consciousness into the story as she deals with child neglect, murder and more in this neorealist film.
Based in Winnipeg and well-known within as well as outside of Canada, Esterhazy has directed over a dozen films and television programs. Fairytales aren't new territory for her, though, having made the short films, The Snow Queen, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story, and The Red Hood, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood (also by the Brothers Grimm), and setting them both in the Canadian Prairies. She made her feature film directorial debut with historical drama Black Field which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2009.
Red Czarina is the production company for H & G, founded in 2012 by Esterhazy, Rebecca Sandulak, Ashley Hirt, and Rebecca Gibson, who co-wrote H & G with Esterhazy. Watch a video feature on the production of H & G.
In a recent interview, we discussed her new film, working outside of film industry centers in Canada, and how she creates a tone on her film set.
Thank you for visiting with Her Film Project! Your new film is H & G, a retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story, but it’s not the first time that you’ve taken on a project that reimagines a fairytale. What is it about fairytales that you find so appealing? Do you think that there is something inherent in them that make them so enduring?
DE: I think that I am fascinated by fairytales because I loved them so much as a child yet I find them so frustrating as an adult. The portrayal of girls and women in traditional fairytales is so negative and yet the lure of the stories remains strong for so many of us. I enjoy taking the elements of traditional fairytales and reworking them.
Why did you think that H & G was an important story to tell?
DE: The original fairytale of Hansel and Gretel deals with serious issues: child poverty, child neglect, and child murder. Unfortunately, these are issues that are still important concerns for modern society. These are topics worth exploring.
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