FEMINIST FILMMAKER APPOINTED GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR GLOBAL MEDIA
Jennifer Lee brings her experience in discovering stories from women’s liberation movement to the global issue of women and media
Los Angeles screenings:
- March 12 at 6:30 pm La Canada Flintridge Public Library, La Canada Flintridge, California Q+A with Jennifer Lee Library Facebook Page
- March 16 at 2:00 pm Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles, California Q+A with Jennifer Lee
- March 21 at 6:00 pm Pico House in El Pueblo in downtown Los Angeles. Pico House is at El Pueblo
- March 22 at 2:00 pm Allendale Branch Library Pasadena, California Jennifer Lee will participate in a Q +A with authors Ellen Snortland "Beauty Bites Beast" and Lois Banner, "Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox."
Jennifer Lee, director of the award winning film “Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation” has been appointed one of four Global Ambassadors for the Global Media Monitoring Project. The GMMP monitors gender representation in media globally every five years and issues a report for each region of the world. The global ambassadors will bring their “personal expertise and their stories to the issues of gender and media.” Jennifer Lee said, “I have been using the GMMP reports for many years. The under-representation of women in media shows girls and women that men are the dominant communicators for our society. This has to change.”
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Jennifer Lee’s film is about the women’ liberation movement in the United States. She began her film in 2004 after she watched a segment of Meet the Press that showed five men discussing overturning Roe v. Wade. She went to her job at Technicolor the next day and talked about the lack of women on the show. A female co-worker leaned over to her and whispered, “Are you a feminist?” Lee said, “I wanted to give her concrete examples of what feminists did for us and I couldn’t. Those stories weren’t passed down to me.” Lee changed that and traveled the country interviewing the feminists from that time. The film is being screened in universities, middle schools and film festivals. It won ‘Best of the Fest’ for documentary at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. She was invited to Islamabad, Pakistan where she screened the film at three universities. Lee is a visual effects industry veteran whose many credits include GHOST, HOOK, THE RING, and BEOWULF.
Feminists in the film include well-known people such as Betty Friedan (Lee shot her last video interview), Gloria Steinem and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Other women in the film are not so well known, such as Frances M. Beal, co-founder of the Black Women’s Liberation Committee and Betita Martinez, volunteer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
Since making the film, Lee sees the issue of women and leadership differently from most. Lee said, “How can we expect girls to identify with being “feminist” if they can’t see exactly what the feminists did for us? Media provides us with news that generates ideas and narratives. If women, and stories about women, are under-represented then girls and women perceive themselves as marginal. These negative perceptions ripple through our culture and we can change it.”