They were inspired by Wikipedia edit-a-thons for women artists as well as black women in history to create or strengthen Wikipedia entries about women who are notable but rarely written about. “Wikipedia is one of the most trafficked sites on the internet and a huge resource for people searching for women filmmakers, even though very few are listed,” wrote Schneider in an email.
“It’s the Encyclopedia Brittanica of the digital age,” Khali Muhammad, director of the Schomberg Center for Research, told The Huffington Post.
The contributors were: Erica Anderson (director of crowdfunding, Seed&Spark, @wingsofapig), Emily Best (producer and founder, Seed&Spark , @emilybest), Diane Bell (director, “Obselidia,” @dianebell1), Eve Cohen (director of photography and chief creative officer, Seed&Spark, @EveCohenDP), Eleonore Dailly (producer, @edailly), Kimberly Dilts (producer, “Angel’s Perch,” @kmdilts), Jessica Graham (actor/producer, @deconstructjg), Heidi Honeycutt (writer & founder, Etheria Film Night, @EtheriaFN), Jen McGowan (director, “Kelly & Cal,” @IAmJenMcG), Roberta Munroe (producer, consultant and author, @robertamunroe), Thuc Doan Nguyen (writer and founder, Bitch Pack, @biatchpack), Calliope Porter (actor, @calliopeporter), Elle Scheider (director of photography and founder, Digital Bolex, @elleschneider) and Amanda Lovejoy Street (actor/director).
I checked out my own woeful Wikipedia entry and made some updates–including my book. While it’s often hard for women, if you don’t toot your own horn, it may be that nobody else will. We should all be inspired to make sure our own favorite women in the film industry are properly represented, as well.