By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire May 6, 2014 at 12:30PM
Yet another study finds that women lag far behind men when it comes to directing, writing and producing big-budget Hollywood films. Not surprisingly, female directors fare better when it comes to documentaries and independent and festival films (the ones with the smaller paychecks).
"Considering that only one woman directed a studio film this summer (Lana Wachowski was a director of 'Jupiter Ascending')," Martha M. Lauzen, the center’s executive director, said in a statement, "the opportunities provided by independent films are crucial for women filmmakers and their careers.”
Women accounted for 26% of directors, writers and producers of feature-length American independent films that screened at festivals in the last year, the same as the previous study in 2011-12. But women comprised just 16% of the key behind-the-scenes roles in 2013's top-grossing domestic films.
According to the study's findings, women made up 28% of documentary directors and 18% directors working on independent narrative features, compared to a mere 6% of last year's top-grossing films.
The study drew its findings from films that screened at 23 major domestic film festivals -- including Sundance, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca -- that took place between May 2013 and April 2014.