Hello and welcome to TYF’s newest podcast series, Finding Her Voice. Joined by editor in chief Gabrielle Bondi and film and television writer AJ Caulfield, we’ve come together to highlight, celebrate and discuss films directed by women. From the very best and most significant in the cinematic canon to personal, under-seen favorites, our hope is to touch upon as many films and talents as we can that may be undervalued and/or hopefully provide listeners to more options to add to their “watch list” for the 52 Films by Women Challenge.
A monthly podcast, the three of us will pick one or two films that we (ideally) haven’t seen before, watch the films and then come together to discuss at length our general feelings of the films, how the female perspective possibly added to the overall atmosphere and our thoughts on the current (not so great) status and representation of women in film. To listen to old episodes, go here and make sure to check us out on ShoutEngine and find us and rate/review us on iTunes! We also can be found on Twitter @FindingHerVoice.
We opted for something different this month and instead of focusing on female directors we instead focused on the role of the female editor with films Faults (edited by Sarah Beth Shapiro) and The Young Folks favorite Mad Max: Fury Road (edited by Margaret Sixel). We discussed the historical nuances of women roles as editors and how they were pushed out of the role of directing to editor at the start of cinema. We also talk about directors such as Joss Whedon, Jeff Nichols and Martin Scorsese who are known for having female editors on their team for the majority of their films. AJ and I admitted that our understanding of the role of the editor and or ability to point out good vs. bad editing (unless it’s really quite good or really quite bad) is limited but that this month of discussion has made us more intrigued with the role in film, especially from a female perspective.
For April we’ll be doing something I’m very excited about and exploring Sofia Coppola’s films from her early days to now as we get ready for her newest release this summer with The Beguiled. Make sure to watch along and join the conversation! Which film of hers is your favorite?