Open Letter to Reese Witherspoon: There’s an Army of Experienced Women Directors!

By jes. on September 25, 2018

By Rachel Feldman

Dear Reese,

I have the highest respect for you, but you are misinformed! When I heard the NPR interview on Monday morning and heard these words from your lips, “Someone said to me the other day… We’re running out of female directors … We don’t have enough women to employ,” I had to speak up.

Because if you don’t know the facts then we cannot expect the rest of our industry to “get it” either. It’s high time to end the myth that injures the thousands of accomplished, mid-career female directors who are more than ready call “action” – ready to fill the ranks to 50/50 overnight.

You state that you believe that women didn’t “even bother to get started in a profession…they felt…was a dead-end road.”

Not true. Starting in the 1970’s, thousands of women graduated from film schools with degrees in directing and thousands more moved up the ranks of editing, writing, shooting, acting – to become full-fledged directors. While it is true that many of these women dropped out because of the sexist landscape of the industry, many stayed in the game doing whatever they needed to do: shoot indie films, shorts, commercials, docs, getting better and better all the while – in order to survive the long game.

ARTICLE CONTINUES AT VARIETY:
https://variety.com/2018/film/news/women-directors-reese-witherspoon-1202946691/

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