Friday, July 18, 2014

Female Director/Producer Fighting for Women in Film

Sarah Phillips was incentivized recently when she was researching the statistics of women involved in the film industry. “You know, in a time when women are supposed to be equal, the numbers say that we are anything but,” she said. “And everyone is just talking about it. What happened to being the change you want to see in the world?”

According to the latest study out of The Center for The Study of Women in Television & Film, out of San Diego State University, and led by researcher Martha Lauzen, when studying the top 250 films of 2013, “(W)omen accounted for 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors. This represents a decrease of two percentage points since 2012 and a decrease of one percentage point from 1998.”

Sarah started a production company, Phileon Productions, with her like-minded business partner Laetitia Leon in May 2014 to address this problem. “I’ve spent countless hours researching the statistics of women in film, and sourcing videos of prominent women in the film industry lamenting the difficulty of getting female-led or female-driven films made,” said Sarah. “I just thought, well hey, let’s change that.”

She is raising $30,000 to make “Soul Song,” an original musical that explores a romantic relationship in a world where there is no spoken dialogue, and people only communicate on melodies. Her campaign ends on Sunday, July 27th at 5pm, and as of July 9th she is at 41% with $12,325.

You can see her crowdfunding campaign at

Sarah Phillips is a writer, director, actor and producer located in Los Angeles. She is originally from Columbia, MO, where she earned her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri Journalism School. She was involved in theatre from an early age and always knew she would continue in the arts.

*Lauzen, Ph.D. , Martha. “The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2013.” Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: SDSU. Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: SDSU, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 9 July 2014.

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