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#1 New Release on Amazon! ─ Backwards and in Heels − women in film and their struggle against bias
"After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels" - Ann Richards
Women in film since the beginning: Women have been instrumental in the success of American cinema since its very beginning. One of the first people to ever pick up a motion picture camera was a woman; as was the first screenwriter to win two Academy Awards, the inventor of the boom microphone and the first person to be credited with the title Film Editor. Throughout the entire history of Hollywood women have been revolutionizing, innovating, and shaping how we make movies. Yet their stories are rarely shared.
The first women directors: This is what film reporter Alicia Malone wants to change. Backwards and in Heels tells the history of women in film in a different way, with stories about incredible ladies who made their mark throughout each era of Hollywood. From the first women directors, to the iconic movie stars, and present day activists. Each of these stories are inspiring accomplishments of women, and they also highlight the specific obstacles women have had to face. Backwards and in Heels combines research and exclusive interviews with influential women and men working in Hollywood today, such as Geena Davis, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Octavia Spencer, America Ferrera, Paul Feig and many more, as well as film professors, historians and experts.
Time to level the playing field: Think of Backwards and in Heels as a guidebook, your entry into the complex world of women in film. Join Alicia Malone as she champions Hollywood women of the past and present, and looks to the future with the hopes of leveling out the playing field.
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About the Author
Alicia Malone is a film reporter, host, writer and self-confessed movie geek. She first gained notice hosting movie-centric shows and reviewing films in her native Australia, before making the leap to Los Angeles in 2011.
Since then, Alicia has appeared on CNN, the Today show, MSNBC, NPR and many more as a film expert. Currently, she is a host on FilmStruck, a cinephile subscription streaming service run by the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies, and she is the creator and host of the weekly show, Indie Movie Guide on Fandango.
Alicia is passionate about classic films, independent movies and supporting women in film. In 2015, Alicia gave a TEDx talk about the lack of women working in film and why this is important to change. In 2017, she was invited to give a second TEDx talk, where she spoke about the hidden stories of the earliest women working in Hollywood. Alicia has also spoken at conferences around America, and because of this, was named of one the 100 Worthy Women of 2016.
Alicia has traveled the world to cover the BAFTAs, the Oscars, the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and SXSW. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and over the years has interviewed hundreds of movie stars and filmmakers.
She also wrote this bio, but knew it would sound way less egotistical if written in third person.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Past 17
The First Pioneers (1890s - 1920s) 18
The First Female Filmmaker Alice Guy Blaché 21
Social Issues on Film Lois Weber 24
The Movie Star Businesswoman Mary Pickford 27
The First Film Editor Margaret Booth 34
The Award-Winning Writer Frances Marion 37
The Action Hero Helen Holmes 41
Struggling in the System (1930s) 44
The Only Female Filmmaker Dorothy Arzner 46
Mae West: The Sex Symbol vs the Code 50
The Oscar Winner Hattie McDaniel 54
Erasure and Exoticism Anna May Wong 58
The Woman's Picture 64
Waging Their Own War (1940s) 66
The Pin-Up with the Patent Hedy Lamarr 69
The Lawmaker Olivia de Havilland 74
The Illusion Rita Hayworth 78
The Femme Fatales 84
The Dream Factory (1950s) 87
Fighting Against Stereotype Dorothy Dandridge 90
The Myth Marilyn Monroe 95
Mother of Us All Ida Lupino 98
New Hollywood (1960s & 1970s) 103
The Famous Feud Joan Crawford Bette Davis 110
New Hollywood Icon Jane Fonda 114
Female Filmmakers, Finally 120
The Blaxploitation Hero Pam Grier 125
Modern Hollywood (1980s - 2000s) 129
The Female Executives 136
The Firsts: Female Filmmakers of Color 141
Oscar Queen Meryl Streep 143
Part 2 The Present 153
Filmmakers Fight Back 154
Information Is Power Dr. Stacy L. Smith 157
History Maker Ava DuVernay 160
Men Who Help Women J.J. Abrams Paul Feig 166
ReFraming The Issue Keri Putnam 173
Taking Action Maria Giese 176
Acting Up 180
See It, Be It Geena Davis 181
America Ferrera: Facing Fear 187
Transforming Hollywood Mya Taylor 191
Scene Stealer Octavia Spencer 196
Using Her Voice Jennifer Siebel Newsom 199
Mother-Daughter Icons Debbie Reynolds Carrie Fisher 205
Below the Line 210
The Risk Taker Amy Powell 213
From Producer To Director Denise di Novi 216
Writing Her Own Script Nicole Perlman 219
Editing History Joi McMillon 223
Striking Images Rachel Morrison 226
Part 3 The Future 233
The Future is Female 234
Select Bibliography 236
Author Bio 241