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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

as the end of the year approaches, what is the status of the Where Are the Women? project?

My Kickstarter that funded the Where Are the Women? project — which has been looking at the representation of girls and women on the big screen all year — was intended to support only the first six months of 2015 with ratings and rankings of the films released during that period. As July approached, I decided that the only way this project could be truly valuable was to extend it — which I did without any additional financial support — to cover an entire year’s worth of wide releases. And here we are at the end of the year. What’s still left to do?

Plenty. There are still a bunch of films that got wide releases in the U.S. that I have had no access to until they started to appear on DVD and VOD, so I have those to catch up with, which I will continue to do over the next weeks — hopefully it won’t take months! (I would also like to get to all the wide releases that the U.K. saw in 2015, which includes a few films that do not overlap with the U.S. wide releases.) And then there is the additional data I want to add to the ranking, numbers such as production budget, box office, and Rotten Tomatoes score. That all still needs to be done. So expect to see quite a bit more work on the project into early 2016.

What you should not expect is WATW ratings of films opening wide from this week forward. These films will have the majority of their runs in 2016, so for the purposes of this project, I am not counting them as 2015 films. I started with films released late in 2014, so this seems only fair.

(Oh, and I have not forgotten that I owe reviews of classic films to a handful of Kickstarter supporters at the higher levels. I will get to those asap.)

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Once again, I heartily thank my Kickstarter supporters for the generosity they have already shown.


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  • RogerBW

    I’m looking forward to, and would be happy to help with, any analysis you do on the year’s data.

  • Rod Ribeiro

    So what about WATW 2016? New fundraiser?

  • I’m not doing this again. First of all, it’s been nearly impossible for me to get anyone to take notice of this even though it’s been a hot topic this year. And second, by the time the year’s films have been rated and ranked, I’ll have made the point that needed to be made. It’s been a *helluva* lot of work with next to no reward. Maybe that will change once there are some soundbites that wrap up the year, but I’m not hopeful.

  • I’m trying to figure out if there’s way to crowdsource this. Except this is a relatively small job compared to the rating and ranking, so I think it might be easier to just do it myself and then present all the data for everyone to play with.

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