Women Take Center Stage: Making a 100% Female Film

To the New Girl
Aug 2, 2016 · 2 min read

The statistics about women in film, both in front of and behind the camera, are pretty depressing.

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Recent statistics about #womeninfilm reveal shockingly low numbers of women in all aspects of the entertainment industry.

While the Ghostbusters reboot and films like the just-released Equity help to raise the visibility of women in the entertainment industry and spark discussion about the importance of equal representation, we still have a long way to go.

A year ago, one of my best friends and I decided we wanted to turn her play (To the New Girl: Sound Advice for My Former Husband’s Wife or Mistress by Samantha Macher) into a feature film. The play is a series of powerful monologues for women, which the Los Angeles Times called “a bracing blitz of pure estrogen.”

Samantha and I are both women in the entertainment industry, and as such are quite familiar with the issues facing young women who follow this career path. I am also the assistant editor-in-chief of a popular website, Ms. in the Biz, that focuses on women in all areas of the entertainment industry. The concerns of artistic women who are trying to pave their way in a male-dominated industry are very important to us. Because of this we wanted to ensure that this movie would provide a group of up-and-coming talented women with an opportunity to showcase their skills.

We realized that we could make a powerful statement by using only women to create this movie.

We’ve built a wonderful team of 10 actresses, 10 directors (who will each direct one monologue), and a crew full of awesome ladies.

We’re running a Kickstarter that ends on August 9th, 2016 that is currently unfortunately running well behind in pledges. We need a LOT of help in the next seven days if we’re going to have a shot at bringing this project to life. (UPDATE: We successfully completed our Kickstarter campaign, and are shooting in March 2017. You can still support our film & get fun rewards here: www.bit.ly/TTNGsupport! Thank you!)

For more information about our campaign, discussion about the state of #womeninfilm, and the process behind building a 100% female cast and crew, check out our interviews here:

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A film made 100% by ladies. Support an amazing group of #womeninfilm on our @kickstarter now: http://www.bit.ly/tothenewgirl (Tweets by @mshunterdrago)

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A community dedicated to those who are passionate about film. A collection of handpicked publications about movies, the film industry and fan art.

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