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Guest Post: Producing Partners Discuss How Men Can Support Female Filmmakers

Tomorrow Ever After

Guest Post by Ela Thier

My new film, “Tomorrow Ever After,” got made because in addition to relying on women, I rely on the men I work with to act as my allies. I do it by offering information rather than blame or guilt. I asked my co-star and producing partner, Nabil Viñas, about the why and how of supporting women filmmakers. He shared his thoughts about what working with women has taught him, why women-directed films have something fresh to offer, and about why men need to talk about gender inequality in the industry.

Tomorrow Ever After” opens May 5 in NY and La.

Et: Why, in your opinion, should men support the work of female directors?

Nv: Well, I can answer that a couple of ways.

As moviegoers, men should go see the work of female directors because the chances of experiencing something new goes way up. Men have dominated storytelling our whole lives, and these stories can get quite stale unless the men are taking some real risks. And I don’t mean sex and drugs risks — even that gets tired. I mean risks like being vulnerable and honest with yourself and your audience. If you’re not doing that, it’s likely we’ve seen your exact movie before.

Women have much to show and I don’t think we have any idea what we’re missing. I saw Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Mustang” recently and couldn’t believe my eyes. I’m aware of how some women are treated in conservative cultures, but that felt like a movie experience I’ve never had before. I also recently caught Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson’s “Claire In Motion,” [which also stood out]. These are films I just don’t think men could have made. I consider myself lucky to have found these gems. Most guys are missing out.

And filmmakers, your chances of being part of something fresh is more likely with a woman at the helm. So it’s in your best interest to seek them out and get involved.

Et: What, in your experience, can men in the industry, do to support female directors?

Nv: Pay attention. Make a decision to take notice of the absence of women. Take notice when it’s a woman’s project and give it more thought. It’s easy to not think critically and do what “feels right.” I do it. But depending on your age and other factors, what feels right might may actually be really wrong, and include ridiculous stuff like “women belong in the kitchen” or some other archaic nonsense.

Also, read film criticism by women, like Cléo Journal, for example.

Oh, and listen. Never assume you know better. In fact, it might do us all some good if we approach every interaction with a woman filmmaker — all women for that matter — from the perspective that they may have something to teach us. Because they do, if we can hear them.

Et: Why do you think more men aren’t actively working to support female directors? What’s hard about doing that?

Nv: Comfort and conditioning. It’s learned behavior to take men more seriously, in particular white men, even if a woman has the same qualifications or more. And it’s almost always subconscious — less choice and more a bad habit you don’t even realize you have. The only reason I have any inkling of awareness is from working with so many incredible women. So most men are oblivious or in denial there’s even an issue.

Also, filmmaking is really hard for men too! Getting a greenlight is tough. Bias is easy to miss when you’re facing impossible odds yourself. But we’re better off facing that alongside women. What’s that quote about going faster alone but further together? That’s what’s up.

Et: What’s it like for men to talk to other men about supporting women directors?

Nv: Weird. I don’t think I do it. I’m more inclined to bring it up with women, probably to gain their favor, selfishly. I find straight men are just not likely to bring it up. We feel bad enough that there’s inequality, if we’re even aware, that when we’re with each other it feels better to take a break and talk about easier, simpler things. There must be a connection here to how I imagine white people might feel and avoid discussing race with each other.

Maybe putting this out can serve as a challenge to myself and guys who know me? Can we talk women directors? Is that cool?

Ela Thier is the writer, director and star of “Tomorrow Ever After,” which was named Best American Indie at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The film won numerous other major awards. Thier previously wrote and directed “Foreign Letters,” as well as several award-winning short films. Her short “A Summer Rain” has become a YouTube sensation. Thier independently teaches filmmaking in NYC under the alias of “The Independent Film School.”

Nabil Viñas is an award-winning actor born and raised in Washington Heights, NYC. He played Mussolini in “The World Wars” and has a leading role in “Tomorrow Ever After.” He’s a co-founder of The Seven Collective as well as an official member of Barefoot Theatre Company, Poetic Theater Productions, and the UNWomen #HeforShe campaign.

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Russell Simmons lines up hip-hop documentary

Music mogul will serve as executive producer on The Definitive History Of Hip Hop through his All Def Digital alongside Stephen David Entertainment (Sde).

Russell Simmons and Stephen David have struck a partnership with global content investment and rights management company GroupM Entertainment (Gme) and production is set to begin this year.

The Definitive History Of Hip Hop begins in the early 1970s and chronicles the rise of the first DJs and emcees in New York City.

What began as a way for marginalised youth in New York City to deal with the stark realities of the inner city spread rapidly from the East Coast to the West Coast and evolved into a multi-billion dollar global industry and cultural force.

“Hip hop began in the Bronx and Queens, and was fuelled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways,” Simmons said.

”The Definitive History Of Hip Hop is the
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This Weekend: Discover the Frontier on AMC’s The American West

AMC’s eight-part docudrama The American West premieres Saturday, and transports viewers to the wild and wonderful American frontier with a blend of dramatic reenactments and interviews with historians and Western movie notables. The series is executive produced by the award-winning Stephen David (The World Wars, The Men Who Built America) in association with Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions, and features interviews with actors whose work on Western films helped bring this era of American history to life. Some of the series’ famous faces include Redford, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon and Ed Harris. In the post-Civil … Continue reading →

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Wme Signs Stephen David Entertainment

On the heels of Stephen David Entertainment signaling a major expansion into scripted television with the appointment of Dirk Hoogstra as Chief Creative Officer, the company has signed with Wme. It was previously repped by CAA. The Banijay Entertainment-owned independent studio is known for David’s docudrama series that blend documentary and reenactments utilizing CGI and state-of-the art technology, including The Men Who Built America and The World Wars at History as…
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"Water Diviner" To End All Wwi Films (At Least For A While)

For me, this place is one big grave.

With the continuous 100 year anniversaries that will span the next four years, one would expect some epic films on the many facets of The Great War, World War I, the War to End All Wars. Mostly, this has found itself on cable television with documentaries like The World Wars (2014) that controversially suggested there might be a through-line from World War I causing in some respect its sequel, World War II. Russell Crowe took this opportunity to make his directorial debut with The Water Diviner (2015), set from the perspective of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) at and after the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915. If its brethren, which are almost certainly forthcoming, stay at or above the quality of The Water Diviner, then we may well learn a few things about war and the people it leaves behind. While being sufficiently entertained,
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AMC’s The Making Of The Mob: New York Delves Into New York’s Crime Families

AMC’s The Making Of The Mob: New York Delves Into New York’s Crime Families
Networks are all about the historical mini-series today. Spike has “Tut,” History has “Texas Rising,” and now AMC is delving into the makings of the mob with their upcoming docu-drama “The Making Of The Mob: New York,” coming to the network June 15 at 10/9c. The series takes a look at some of the key architects in New York’s crime families and how they managed to make fortunes as criminal masterminds. The series, consisting of eight, one-hour episodes is produced by Stephen David Entertainment (the company behind “The Men Who Built America” and “The World Wars”). The series is narrated by Ray Liotta and stars Rich Graff, Ian Bell, Jonathan [ Read More ]

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'Apes,' 'Birdman' surge as sound editors round out pre-Oscar industry nominations

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'Apes,' 'Birdman' surge as sound editors round out pre-Oscar industry nominations
The final guild/industry group to declare nominees did so this afternoon as the Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse) spoke up with a roll call of players for the 62nd Golden Reel Awards. On the film side of things, "Birdman" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" had the best showing with three nominations each. I've been wondering if the latter could slide into Oscar play this year, but it's hard to gauge here, as "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" had a nice Mpse showing, too. In the effects/foley category, "Fury" is featured as well, also a strong possibility to pop up. All other expected players ("American Sniper," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Unbroken," etc.) are featured. We'll see how the sound branch shakes it all out tomorrow but I'm a little more confused by where they'll end up going than usual, I must say. Check out
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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Jeremy Renner Talks Hawkeye, Chances for a Solo Film, His Part in the Avengers Ensemble, and His Appearance in Captain America 3

Here's the deal, Internet: I'll provide you with interview footage of Jeremy Renner basically confirming Hawkeye's appearance in Captain America 3 if you make me a Gif of Renner's dramatic winks. Sound good? There have been a few similar unofficial confirmations of just such an occurrence in recent weeks. Captain America 3 directors Joe and Anthony Russo themselves mentioned Hawkeye's involvement in the film during Steve's interview with them for Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray release, and around the same time, Renner mentioned the possibility of joining the film as long as his schedule allowed it. This one sounds like a safe bet. Hit the jump to hear it (and see it) from Renner himself. The following video interview with Renner on Captain America 3 comes courtesy of MTV: Get More: Movie Trailers, Celebrity News In case you missed it, here's what Renner said just before two mega-winks: “I
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2014 Creative Arts Emmy Winners include 'Sex,' 'Scandal' co-stars

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2014 Creative Arts Emmy Winners include 'Sex,' 'Scandal' co-stars
The first round of 2014 Emmy Awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday (August 16) night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony, which precedes the Monday, August 25 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, offered signs of hope for a number of drama and comedy hopefuls. Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black," for example, won Emmys for editing, series casting and for Uzo Aduba, who is considered a guest actress for the purposes of these awards. No other comedy series was able to build any other momentum going into next week's show, with "The Big Bang Bang Theory," "Nurse Jackie," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" grabbing isolated tech prizes and Jimmy Fallon winning the Guest Actor in a Comedy Series award for the second time in three years for his "Saturday Night Live" hosting duties. The two guest acting awards on the drama side
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How Hitler Got That Mustache, and What Else We Learned From ‘World Wars’

How Hitler Got That Mustache, and What Else We Learned From ‘World Wars’
History's “The World Wars” begins with German soldiers in a trench, pulling gas masks over their faces. A skinny private with a bushy mustache finds that his mask won't seal because his whiskers are too thick. As soon as the gas clears, he takes out a knife to cut his mustache into a compact rectangle. The little-known account of how Adolf Hitler got his strange mustache is only one of the surprising stories told in the series, which is Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction, Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming, and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Also read: ‘Auschwitz
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2014 Emmy Nominations Include The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, American Horror Story

The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced today, with Game of Thrones and American Horror Story picking up quite a few nominations in top categories. The Walking Dead also picked up nominations for visual effects and sound editing. The official list is below and the winners will be announced live during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th.

Drama series

Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Game of Thrones” (HBO)

House of Cards” (Netflix)

Mad Men” (AMC)

True Detective” (HBO)

Comedy series

The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Louie” (FX)

Modern Family” (ABC)

Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

Silicon Valley” (HBO)

Veep” (HBO)

Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)

Fargo” (FX)

Luther” (BBC America)

Treme” (HBO)

The White Queen” (BBC America)

TV Movie

Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)

The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Sherlock: His Last Vow” (BBC America)

The Trip to Bountiful
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Watch: Ann Druyan on return of 'Cosmos' to the Emmy orbit

Watch: Ann Druyan on return of 'Cosmos' to the Emmy orbit
Back in 1981, when Ann Druyan co-wrote "Cosmos" with her husband Carl Sagan, the revolutionary science series was nominated for five Emmys and won three – all in the tech races. Even though the program was one of the biggest TV blockbusters of the year -- one hailed by the New York Times as "a watershed moment for science-themed television programming" -- It lost the top Emmy, Best Informational Series, to "Meeting of Minds," which featured Steve Allen interviewing celebrities dressed up like Catherine the Great and Leonardo da Vinci. -Break- So now Druyan holds a giant Emmy I.O.U. as she returns to the race with the newly updated "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," which is at least guaranteed of a nomination. It just finished airing to bravura reviews, solid ratings and its competition, at least numerically speaking, is slight. Only 13 other programs compete for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series, including "The World Wars,
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Jeremy Renner Says He’ll Return For Mission: Impossible 5

One of the greatest pleasures of the last Mission: Impossible film was the addition of several excellent secondary characters for Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt to play against. This makes it very encouraging to hear that many of the same leads will be returning for Mission: Impossible 5. Simon Pegg has already confirmed his return alongside Cruise, and now we can add Jeremy Renner to the cast members who are unofficially on board for the film.

While speaking with Yahoo (via /Film), Renner more or less confirmed his return to the franchise. After being asked whether he’d be interested in a part in True Detective, Renner reminded Yahoo that he has a number of franchises he’s already working for. Alongside The Avengers and the next Bourne sequel, Renner included Mission: Impossible 5 as reasons why he’s unlikely to do True Detective:

It’s kind of unlikely. In fact,
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History Orders Sons Of Liberty Miniseries

History is making another addition to its original programming with an order for a new miniseries, Sons of Liberty. Hot off the continued success of Vikings, and the critical acclaim of other miniseries efforts (like The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys), the network now aims at what looks like a pretty interesting take on the lives of the biggest names of the American Revolution.

It seems as though we’re going for a “no really, they were just actual people,” approach to things, apparently trying to show that these were real men, with real lives and real problems, who threw themselves into something, probably far beyond their expectations. That could be a story worth telling, and there are some great cast members involved. Some audiences may have to be convinced that Ryan Eggold can get them to like him after he so recently got them to hate him on The Blacklist,
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History Plans Six-Hour Scripted Miniseries Sons of Liberty

History has ordered its latest scripted miniseries, "Sons of Liberty," from A+E Studios and Stephen David Entertainment ("The Men Who Built America," "The World Wars"), it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, Executive Vice President and General Manager, History and H2. The six-part miniseries, which will start production this summer, follows a defiant and radical group of young men . Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Joseph Warren . as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.
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Watch: Stephen David discusses 'The World Wars,' Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler

Watch: Stephen David discusses 'The World Wars,' Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler
"The World Wars" is the new History Channel documentary about World War I and World War II. It details how these two global conflicts were connected and profiles the various leaders involved. As executive producer Stephen David tells Gold Derby in an exclusive video chat (watch below): "We started looking into the origin stories of the people we know. The more we looked into it, the more we saw that the two wars were actually connected. It really was one 30-year period of war." -Break- The three-part program debuts on Memorial Day and is narrated by two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. It features gripping dramatic scenes with actors, stunning CGI visuals, and interviews with contemporaries such as Sen. John McCain, Gen. Colin Powell, and former British Prime Minister John Major. Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr! Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle, Adolf Hitler, Dou...
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President Obama to introduce History’s “The World Wars” event series

Premiering this Memorial Day, May 26, History’s three-night event series The World Wars is a look at the years 1914-45 — three decades of devastating war that changed the course of the world. History has announced that President Obama will introduce night one of the six-hour series. Other notable figures included in the series to offer insights are Sen. John McCain, Gen. Colin Powell, British Prime Minister John Major, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and more. Narrated by Jeremy Renner, The World Wars looks back at the war years through the eyes of the powerful men of the time — Roosevelt, Hitler, … Continue reading →

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President Obama To Introduce History’s ‘The World Wars’

President Obama will introduce night one of History’s six-part event series The World Wars. It will air on three consecutive nights on History and H2 beginning Memorial Day Monday at 9 Pm. Jeremy Renner will narrate the project, which showcases the 30-year period from 1914 to 1945, featuring interviews with Colin Powell, British Prime Miniter John Major, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, and Sen. John McCain, among others. Stephen David Entertainment is producing. Russ McCarroll, Paul Cabana and Elaine Frontain Bryant are exec producing for History.
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Join our live Emmy chat with Stephen David ('World Wars' producer) this Thursday

Join our live Emmy chat with Stephen David ('World Wars' producer) this Thursday
"The World Wars" is the new History Channel documentary about World War I and World War II. It details how these two global conflicts were connected and profiles the various leaders involved. Executive producer Stephen David joins us for a live chat this Thursday, May 22, at 1:00 p.m. Pt/ 4:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- The three-part program debuts on Memorial Day and is narrated by two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. It features gripping dramatic scenes with actors, stunning CGI visuals, and interviews with contemporaries such as Sen. John McCain, Gen. Colin Powell, and former British Prime Minister John Major. Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr! Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle, Adolf Hitler, Douglas MacArthur, George S. Patton, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin are names that will live in infamy. This documentary shows how they rose to power throug...'
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