Closing Hollywood’s gender gap: Women directors crowdfund film

Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Taymor and Julie-Anne Robinson are all celebrated directors with the same complaint: They had no role models when they started out. “I certainly didn’t know any female directors when I came to L.A.,” Hardwicke, director of “Thirteen” and “Twlight,” told TheWrap. Taymor, too, lamented “the worship of the enfant terrible — the brilliant young male.” “If woman is a maverick or an auteur, she often is labeled a bitch,” the “Frida” and “Across the Universe” director said. Robinson (left) is a Golden Globe-nominated director who has a large catalogue of episodic TV work, including “The Middle,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Now these women have a new hero to rally around — a turn-of-the-century French pioneer named Alice Guy-Blaché, who directed one of the first narrative films on record and launched one of the first studios. She has since been forgotten, prompting filmmakers Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs to document a career that could inspire other young women to take up directing. With Green three days away from the end of her campaign for “Be Natural” on Kickstarter, TheWrap spoke with Hardwicke, Taymor and Robinson about why they think the tale of Guy-Blaché needs to be told. How did you […]

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