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Media Nerds: Ep1

For some months, Etta Devine, Caroline Sharp & myself have centered talks on media and society around the Bechdel Test. To expand the discussion, we invite you to join us on the 3rd Tuesday of ever month for the new show:

#MediaNerds

How does the media we consume shape us as individuals and as a society? 

Caroline Sharp

Caroline Sharp

Etta Devine
Etta Devine

Outreach Nerd, Bechdel Test Talks, Funding Fridays, Stories on the Go

Cindy Marie Jenkins

Caroline’s Pick: AFI’s Directing workshop for Women

Cindy’s Pick: The Bitch Pack

Etta’s Pick (launching May 6th): Ms. in the Biz

NEXT SHOW: Tuesday, April 16th 10amPT/1pmET

Hidden Barriers to Entry

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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MON Interview with Weyward Sisters at the Launch party. Read all the coverage here.

WED 10am PT Creators Watch EP2: Skyrim Parodies (on new channel!)

4pm PT Bechdel Test Talks: Holiday Entertainment

FRI 11am Funding Fridays

Successful Kickstarters w/ Guests TBA

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Bechdel Test Talk Ep5: Fantasy & Sci-Fi

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.

Today at 4pm PT, we’ll discuss Fantasy & Science Fiction!

Watch Bechdel Test Talk Ep3: Children’s Stories

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

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Caroline Sharp’s Books Suggestions

Heist Society by Ally Carter (YA)

The Fables series by Bill Willingham is another fantasy comic book with really awesome women. I’m sure it passes Bechdel at some point… I think. It’s a fairy/folk tale based world like Once Upon a Time, but very interesting and subversive. -CS
Etta’s Films Suggestions
Buffy (all Joss)

Battlestar
Earth 2
Legend of the Seeker
Willow
Etta’s Book Suggestions
All Le Guin
Any by Margaret Atwood
Shannara books? Have girls and elf girls in them
Narnia books?
Pern & Crystal Singer Books by Anne Mccaffrey
Wise Child & more by Monica furlong
Eye of the world by Robert Jordan
Dragon’s Blood by Jane Yolan
Dragon Star by Melanie Rawn
Illusion by Paula Volskey
Wrinkle in Time

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September in Outreach

I’ll be the first to admit that September was insane. Here’s why:

SEPTEMBER OUTREACH HIGHLIGHTS:

WHAT: Ban This! Book Signing

WHERE: at the Cypress Park Library

HEARD ABOUT IT FROM: Art Meza @CypressParkLAPL

WHY IT WAS RAD: “I listened, I learned, I read, and it saved my life.” -Adrianna Simone

There was a live-blog here before I had fought with my former domain host, but hope to re-create it in the near future. In the meantime, check out the Pinterest pictures on my board “Good Reading”.

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WHAT: By Appointment w/ Luis Alfaro 

WHERE:  East LA Rep

HEARD ABOUT IT FROM: Jesus Reyes, Artistic Director of East LA Rep who asked me to live stream

WHY IT WAS RAD: “All that art requires of you is to change.” If you need any sort of encouragement or inspiration, listen to Luis for just a few minutes.

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WHAT: Theatre Through an Interpreter [Video Series & Talkback]

WHERE: 24th ST Theatre

HEARD ABOUT IT FROM: Part of my Outreach Consulting

WHY IT WAS RAD: After a performance in Spanish w. English super-titles, we talked about communicating through English, ASL & Spanish – in all three languages at once! [Video available soon] Read Audience Response.

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WHAT: ARTmageddonLA

WHERE: Across Los Angeles

HEARD ABOUT IT FROM: Diana Wyenn asked me to run Social Media Strategy w/ Jim Halloran

WHY IT WAS RAD: Refocused negative energy from Carmageddon II into a movement towards local art; a movement for audiences and artists alike.

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WHAT: DIY Day at the Broad Humor Film Festival. Co-panelist Erika Cervantes from Comediva & I talked to filmmakers on the importance of social media even before you have a product (but not before you have content).

WHERE: The Electric Lodge in Venice

HEARD ABOUT IT FROM: LA FPI (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative)

WHY IT WAS RAD: A selection of quotes from other panels:

“Auditioning is its own genre of acting.”

“Silk is our enemy, cotton is our friend.”

“Isn’t there a button where you can take out the airplane in my shot?”

“I wrote for Friday the 13th, the series. I can kill six people an hour.”

“We believe that filmmakers should be able to live through their art.”

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UPCOMING OCTOBER OUTREACH

WED 10/4 at 4pm – The Bechdel Test Talks with Etta Devine & Caroline Sharp

MON 10/8 at 2pm – Indy Convergence Artist Check-in w/ Ellen Denham

WED 10/10 at 10am – Web Series Watch w/ Patty J. Robinson

SUN 10/14 – MON 10.15 – NASA Social at Goldstone Deep Space Network!

TUES 10.16  at 9am – Outreach Nerd w/ Rachel Stoll

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