What a week for women in Hollywood! On Sunday the Golden Globes were hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who put women front and center and were widely heralded as the best hosts in years. Meanwhile, the Sundance Film Festival opened yesterday, for the first time ever with an equal number of male and female directors in the dramatic competition. There was also news this week that 9% of the top 250 movies at the box office in 2012 were made by female directors – the biggest percentage in over a decade, and substantially higher than last year’s 5%.
Finally, The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick, produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner Barlow, and executive produced by a powerhouse group of women including our very own executive producers Regina Kulik Scully, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary! The film investigates the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military and has already garnered numerous awards and sparked real action from government officials – including a planned Congressional hearing on military sexual assault and a pledge from incoming Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to actively fight violence against women in the military.
But the recognition from the Oscars means a whole new level of notoriety and public awareness for this project. It’s a huge victory for the brave survivors of military sexual assault and for all those who continue to suffer in silence. But it’s also proof of what is possible when we all come together to create social change through media.
This week we’d like to congratulate The Invisible War on all their success and make sure that this important film is seen wide and far. Share the trailer with your friends on Facebook, post it to Twitter, or forward this email today.
By raising awareness around this project we will guarantee that the voice of women will continue to be heard, louder and louder, in Hollywood and beyond!
The MissRepresentation.org Team