We're in the heat of programming, so no time for a long blog - but just a quick note.
Dances With Films could careless about who makes the movie as long as it's a good one. Sure, when we enjoy a movie and then see that filmmaker isn't a rich white male, then great. We're glad to support the cause. But if the filmmaker is a rich white male, that's fine, too. The merit of the film is all that counts. Really, we don't care one way or the other. Just please make a good movie.
The quick observation here is the number of women's names I'm seeing as Director's of Photography. Anyone who has been in a film set knows that the camera crew - including Grip and Electric - is traditionally a testosterone-fest. Not that you'll find bad attitudes toward women there, anymore than you'd find bad attitudes toward men in Oprah's studio audience. A camera crew will get behind anyone who pulls their own weight and doesn't make their department look bad. It's just that, traditionally, they've been men.
So, just a quick kudos to all of women heading up the camera department out there. You won't get any special favors from DWF, but we're glad to have you.
Back to programming.