It's no secret that there's a massive divide when it comes to gender equality in the entertainment industry — and that this divide skews largely male. Female directors have expressed how difficult it is to get their projects off the ground, and the federal government has even begun to investigate the gender discrimination that's happening within Hollywood. This is a huge reason it's important to pay attention to those female directors, writers, and artists looking to get their projects funded through alternative channels — like, for instance, Kickstarter. Case-in-point: Brooklyn-based director Elisabeth Subrin is using Kickstarter to help finish her latest film, A Woman, A Part , which stars Maggie Stiff (who played Rachel Menken on Mad Men and Tara Knowles on Sons of Anarchy) and follows an overworked actress who leaves Los Angeles and moves back to Brooklyn to reconnect with her old her friends.
According to the Kickstarter page for the project, Subrin is a self-professed feminist director — she calls A Woman, A Part her "most ambitious film to date" — and she's been making films about women's experiences and perspectives for decades. It's inspiring to see a female director who is resourceful and working outside of the Hollywood system. There are more ways to be a successful artist than making big movies. Smaller projects can be just as powerful.
It's important that more and more woman in Hollywood, whether they're directors, actresses, writers or cinematographers, voice their opinions and push forward, despite the massive amount of sexism facing them the industry. A Woman, A Part is evidence of the ambition and passion that it takes to make a real independent movie — this is a project that is made by true artists. It's amazing to see that directors like Subrin aren't going to let anything stop them from making movies — and that she will fund it herself if she has to. It's that kind of resourcefulness that sets female filmmakers apart.
With the amount of women speaking up about the rampant inequality in the movie industry over the past few years, there seems to a flicker of hope that things might be starting change. Thanks to platforms like Kickstarter, people can help fund projects by female directors and prove that there is a place for movies made by women.