Meria With Jan Lisa Huttner – Women In the Movies

2/5/13 Meria interviews Chicago Film Critic, Activist, and author Jan Lisa Huttner on her excellent book “Penny’s Picks: 50 Movies By Women Filmmakers 2002-2011″. Why is it important to have more women critics and filmmakers? From wars and explosions to humanity; Why she became a film critic; the movie “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and how a male critic killed it; the celluloid ceiling; the token Oscar to one woman director; why women need to support women in film; Is it a chick flick, prick flick or macho treat? Films for two; “The Guilt Trip” and “Django”; Netflix ratings and Meria’s own comparison; male protagonists – why not women? the importance of telling stories from a woman’s point of view; how do movies contribute to world peace? the movie “Precious” to understand a woman’s world; learning other cultures and abhoring war on them; the Hulu series “Little Mosque”. Very enjoyable educational show.




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2 Responses to "Meria With Jan Lisa Huttner – Women In the Movies"

  1. Deborah Alexander says:

    Very informative interview. Made me look at many things differently and will definitely make me a better movie consumer. While I was listening to you two share ideas, I was on my NetFlix account, “starring” the few movies I had neglected to rate. A point that was alluded to in the interview, but not really stated out loud – not only are we being informed in the movies from a male perspective, but also from an AMERICAN perspective. That is why it is so important for people to watch “foreign” movies. Even though subtitles don’t give you every word the characters are speaking, you can get the gist and much of what is in a movie is totally visual anyway (requiring no words) – it’s important to look at life in a foreign clime and culture through the eyes of the people who live there. Then, you can come away from a movie with a feeling of universality and oneness with others around the world (which is grounded in love); a critical difference from “globalization” (which is grounded in greed and dominance).

  2. Meria says:

    yup, good stuff by the way.

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