Backwards & in Heels

Backwards & in Heels

The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film

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"Backwards and in Heels tells the history of women in film in a different way, with stories about incredible ladies who made their mark throughout each era of Hollywood. From the first women directors, to the iconic movie stars, and present day activists. Each of these stories are inspiring accomplishments of women, and they also highlight the specific obstacles women have had to face. Backwards and in Heels combines research and exclusive interviews with influential women and men working in Hollywood today, such as Geena Davis, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Octavia Spencer, America Ferrera, Paul Feig and many more, as well as film professors, historians and experts"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Coral Gables, FL : Mango Publishing Group, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781633536173
Branch Call Number: 791.4308 Mal
Characteristics: 235 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Backwards and in heels


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Jun 21, 2018

This is a MUST READ for women, especially young women, who want to pursue a career in Hollywood film industry.

Dec 07, 2017

This book does a very good job explaining why women have not been major power players in the film industry. I was astonished to learn in the first part of the book that in the early 1900s women played more of a significant role in film then than they do now. Imagine that! The author traces the reasons why, how this came about and why it transitioned to what it is now. The author also discusses women of color in the film industry and the enlightened men in the business willing to help women gain an equal footing.

I read Molly Haskell's iconic "From Reverence to Rape" in the mid 70s when I was interested in becoming a cinematographer, which was an eye opener. This book opened my eyes even more, bringing me up to date as to what has been happening since the 70s by chronicling the various actions and achievements. The film industry has been a very hard nut to crack for women. Indeed, achievements have been made but very slowly. The book ends on a positive note, citing all the recent actions and movements that are propelling women more into the forefront of movie making. I applaud the hard work of actress Geena Davis, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and the others who brought issues to the table and sought ways to fix the problem.

This is a must-read for anyone interested in women's roles both in front and behind the movie cameras, film buffs, and teen and college age women interested in a film career. I especially liked reading about women film editors and cinematographers. I learned a lot from this book --- things I never knew before. It was a very inspiring read and written in a down-to-earth style. It's good to know that the barriers that existed in the 70s when I wanted to be a cinematographer are finally breaking down.


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