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Bechdel Test Talks: Awards Shows

THE BECHDEL TEST TALKS

are a monthly series where we examine entertainment through the lens of The Bechdel Test.

Etta Devine & Caroline Sharp join me every month!

The Bechdel Test asks 3 basic questions for every story (originally applied to film):

1. Is there more than 1 female character (with a name)?

2. Do they talk to each other?

3. About anything besides men?

These perimeters are not meant to be judgement calls, but simply starting points for discussion.

Awards Shows!

LA Times Story: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-sundance-2013-women-lag-men-even-in-independent-film-study-finds-20130120,0,712589.story
Ted Hope’s Blog: http://hopeforfilm.com/?p=8838

SAG AWARDS

SCORE: 2-7-5
yes:
The Paperboy
Les Miserables

dubious:
Flight
Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Zero Dark Thirty
Skyfall

trouble seeing film:
Rust and Bone
The Impossible

no:
Lincoln
Hitchcock
Silver Linings Playbook
The Master
The Sessions

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

SCORE: 1-2-2
yes
Moonrise Kingdom

dubious
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Keep the Lights On

no
Bernie
Silver Linings Playbook

IAWTV Winners

SCORE: # of shows 7-1-4
# of awards 12-2-6

yes
Best Comedy Series – Squaresville
Best Ensemble Performance – Squaresville

Best Drama Series – Leap Year
Best Writing (Comedy) – Squaresville – Matt Enlow
Best Costume Design – The League of S.T.E.A.M. – The League of S.T.E.A.M.
Best Makeup/Special Effects – The League of S.T.E.A.M. – The League of S.T.E.A.M.
Best Design (Art Direction/Production) – Continuum – Eric Whitney – computer voice
Best Editing – Continuum – Blake Calhoun
Best Directing (Comedy) – My Gimpy Life – Sean Becker
Best Female Performance (Comedy) – My Gimpy Life – Teal Sherer Teal
Best Directing (Drama) – Anyone But Me – Tina Cesa Ward (but it’s complicated in a good way)
Best Interactive/Social Media Experience – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

maybe
Best Original Music – Cost of Capital – Rob Gokee
Best Male Performance (Comedy) – The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour – Jeff Lewis – Poker Episode ?
Best Visual Effects (Digital) – H+ The Digital Series – Faction Creative and The Sequence Group: VFX Supervisor Ian Kirby; Digital Effects Supervisor Chris van Dyck; VFX Producer Caleb Bouchard

no
Best Animated Series – Red vs. Blue
Best Cinematography – H+ The Digital Series – Brett Pawlak – up to Episode 12. silent conversation probably about work between two women in Episode 13.
Best Female Performance (Drama) – Blue – Julia Stiles – Blue
Best Male Performance (Drama) – The Booth at the End, Season 2 – Xander Berkeley – Lead
Best Writing (Drama) – The Booth at the End, Season 2 – Christopher Kubasik
Best Supplemental Content – Red vs. Blue

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Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep3: Children’s Stories

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep4: Who’s Breaking the Gender Glass Ceiling?

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep5: Fantasy & Sci Fi

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep6: Holiday Fare

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Bechdel Test Talks EP6: Holiday Fare

Caroline Sharp

Etta Devine

Cindy Marie Jenkins

THE BECHDEL TEST TALKS

are a monthly series where my co-hosts and I look at various types of entertainment through the lens of The Bechdel Test.

Etta Devine & Caroline Sharp join me every month!

The Bechdel Test asks 3 basic questions for every story (originally applied to film):

1. Is there more than 1 female character (with a name)?

2. Do they talk to each other?

3. About anything besides men?

These perimeters are not meant to be judgement calls, but simply starting points for discussion.

WED 12/12 at 4pm PT, we’ll discuss Holiday Fare!

Article on Holiday Specials Caroline Mentions

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep3: Children’s Stories

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep4: Who’s Breaking the Gender Glass Ceiling?

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep5: Fantasy & Sci Fi

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3 Weyward Sisters on a Good Path

Last Sunday I attended the Launch Party for 3 Weyward Sisters, self-described as a multi-media production company focused on creating beautiful, thought provoking, emotionally bare work in film, theater, music and visual/fine art.

Besides the wonderful tequila hibiscus limeade, Weyward Girls hosted a lively and friendly crowd. They projected their first project, a short film/music video, on the wall every hour (and upon request). It’s a touching short, with the Creators giving their audience the respect and room to discover their own story within the original music and movement. I look forward to more!

WATCH a quick intro we filmed near the end of the Launch Party:

Here are the 3 Weyward Sisters, and they want to know: How are you Weyward? Let them know @3WeywardSisters .

heidi weyward

nancy weyward

sam weyward

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Bechdel Test Talks

These began last June with 2 separate discoveries:

1. the Bechdel Test

2. my lack of enthusiasm for female characters during the 40+ shows I saw at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Here’s a good explanation of the Bechdel Test:

Ever since, I got together with Etta Devine & Caroline Sharp to host Bechdel Test Talks every month. We choose a topic on the topic and discuss.

Next: Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at 4pm PST

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I AM Theatre Live Stream from NYC

UPDATE 5/38pm: I saw during the Intermission that the projection screen :

1. Encourages emails to Roundabout Theatre Company saying their season sans women is not okay. I am fully in agreement.

2. Encourages people to sign up as volunteer ushers for the Roundabout so you can sticker the toilet stalls, assuming with stickers saying this is not okay. I do not agree with this action.

When I bring this up on the livestream chat, here is the discussion:

cindymariej: I am all for this event and more like that, but encouraging people to cause damage via stickers/volunteer ushers?
ggontourlive: stickers are not damage.
ggontourlive: the only damage is to the ego 😉

cindymariej: temporary damage, but it is not exactly an encouraging way to get the message across.

ggontourlive: we’ll agree to disagree.

It puts a damper on the whole event for me, honestly. Before seeing that action, I was entirely involved in this evening of clips from female playwrights on the topic of diversity and gender parity. They finally said out loud, on stage, what we all say in essays and panels  across the world. 

Then we encourage damage? Unless it is a very special sticker, and if that is the case, then I retract (but the moderator did not say so), I am not sure I can support Guerrilla Girls On Tour. I will always support the cause (through LA FPI & elsewhere), I will always support the female writers, directors, actors, designers, all – but I don’t support these means. Emails, letters – yes. Stickers that likely cause residue and will take time to scrub off the residue by interns or staff; is that how we want them to remember female playwrights? 

It’s not how I want to be remembered, nor the cause.

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From the livestream site:

Guerrilla Girls on Tour is a New York City based touring theatre company of national & international renown that creates fresh & original productions celebrating women’s history — past, present & future!

Our work is presented using masks and draws from a variety of classic theatre techniques such as physical theatre, vaudeville and parody resulting in our own unique style that allows us to imaginatively portray a wide range of characters and scenarios with minimal technical elements. We also train and educate via workshops, gallery exhibits, master classes and community collaborations which have resulted in participatory performance projects and site-specific productions that include local women’s history.

Please note: This is not a live-stream of which I took part, just watched. Interesting collection of works by women to celebrate the diversity.

Watch live streaming video from ggontour at livestream.com

Laura Shamas from LA FPI (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative) will be part!

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