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Geena Davis Producing Documentary On Systemic Gender Inequality in Hollywood

"There's been no real improvement in the number of female roles since 1946 and there's still a dearth of female directors."

Thelma & Louise

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Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has had enough of Hollywood’s rampant gender inequality problem, and she’s vowed to do something about it. Variety reports that Davis has teamed up with production company CreativeChaos vmg to produce a feature documentary about the film industry’s gender disparity. Director and editor Tom Donahue, who previously helmed the documentary “Casting By,” which focuses on the unsung successes of casting directors, will direct Davis’ documentary.

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The film will feature experts and researchers who use data from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, along with first-person accounts from Hollywood actors and executives. Davis wants to look at the systemic oppression women face in Hollywood, particularly looking at the unconscious biases that drive many business and creative decisions. Davis told Variety she’s “been encouraged by my peers speaking out on gender disparity in recent years, but we still are not seeing the actual number change. There’s been no real improvement in the number of female roles since 1946 and there’s still a dearth of female directors.” She also noted that two of her films from the 1990’s — “Thelma and Louise,” for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, and “A League of Their Own” — were acclaimed at the time for their potential to achieve gender equality in Hollywood, but they ultimately had very little impact on the industry.

Geena Davis will appear in Michael Almereyda’s upcoming sci-fi film “Marjorie Prime.” She will also have a lead role in Fox’s “The Exorcist” TV show.

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