I read a lot. Magazines, books, newspapers, blogs – I’m a reading junkie. Recently I read an article in a magazine, but due to my reading overload I can’t remember which one. The important thing is that this article was about Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the writer, director and producer of a new film called Missrepresentation. I have not yet seen the film, but I am already inspired by the work that these women are doing. Quite often films are made and we see them and they are powerful, and we are left wondering what we can do to help. The ambition of the MissRep team goes far beyond their screenings of the film. They are ready to change the world, and they are ready to tell us how we can help.
The article that I read focused on how difficult it was for Siebel Newsom to get the film made in the first place, which comes as no surprise when you consider the content. Missrepresentation goes beyond addressing depictions of women in the media. It takes the issue further and confronts how those depictions affect women working in the media, women who experience media (all of us), and even how these ideas and images affect young girls. The film confronts such taboo subjects as who determines how women are represented in advertising, TV and film, politics, and in the news media (first guess – it’s not often women). Furthermore, these filmmakers have the audacity to take the thoughts and perceptions of high school students seriously! (Which endeared them to me immediately – does anyone feel like adults really cared what you thought when you were in high school?) Perhaps my favorite taboo of this film is how many Men they have addressing these issues. Guess what – women are not the only people affected by the portrayal of women in the media, and contrary to what the powers that be would have us believe, it isn’t only women who are upset about it and willing to take action.
The trailer alone had so many disturbing facts and images, the film in its entirety is sure to be a knockout. The film airs on October 20, 2011 on the OWN Network, and there are screenings happening around the country.
Check out the long form trailer here
Learn about the filmmakers, screenings, the amazing work being done and how you can get involved at www.missrepresentation.org