Calling the Shots (1988)

Genres - Culture & Society, Film, TV & Radio  |   Sub-Genres - Gender Issues, Media Studies  |   Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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Janis Cole and Holly Dale directed this documentary about female filmmakers and the struggles they repeatedly encounter in a male-dominated industry. From the very inception of an idea, to convincing producers and studios to back their projects, through actual filming, and on to completion of a film, women filmmakers still face roadblocks all along the way that severely hamper their success. Here interviewers Cole and Dale skillfully survey a widely divergent group of women all involved in the movie industry who relate their own stories to the camera, offering insight into their personal experiences. Their stories are funny, frustrating, and informative in this feature -- a must for anyone interested in the filmmaking process.

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film-industry, discrimination, filmmaker, struggle, women's-issues