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Jennifer Lee

  1. 50 Female-Directed Movies You Should Watch, Part 1: The Mainstream

    It's party time! Party time! Excellent!

    Welcome to day one of our week-long series of films by female directors. Today: Mainstream movies. All hail Wayne's World.

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  2. A History of Women in Animation Part Two: Working Mothers of a Medium

    History of Women in Animation Part Two!

    Last time, we looked at the first women to shove their way into the animation industry (and you can read more in depth information on them

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  3. A History of Women in Animation: Mothers of a Medium

    Supergirly

    When I first decided to do this article, I was naive. With all the modern resources at my fingertips, I thought finding information on the ladies behind animation would be super easy. “Oh, you sweet summer child,” has run through my head a few times, as I struggled to find even the most basic pieces of information. Standard books used for animation history classes barely mentioned women in passing, much less their achievements. Because of the technical nature of animation, there is an underlying sense of sexism which is not unlike the sexism that exists in the tech space. This is true even today, where it’s not uncommon to be one of a handful of girls within a studio setting. The lack of notable female animation professionals within history only reinforces this assumption that it is ‘boys club’ industry. As a result, the names of women who have moved the industry forward have faded. This is my attempt to bring them back into the spotlight.

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  4. Frozen‘s Jennifer Lee Becomes First Female Director to Helm a Billion-Dollar Film

    Good News Everyone!

    When Frozen topped the billion-dollar mark at the global box office last weekend, the significance wasn't just that Disney execs are going to be snapping up the world's stock of private islands when Christmas bonus time rolls around this year. Nope. Frozen is now the first film to make a billion dollars... that was also directed by a woman.

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  5. Only Two of the 100 Top-Grossing Movies of the Year Were Directed by Women

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    We’ve written at length about how sexism and the film and TV industries negatively affects the number of women behind the screen, most noticeably when it comes to directing. Not that this it at all surprising, but the trend continued in 2013: Movies with female leads made bank, but of the 100 top-grossing movies of the year only two of them were directed by women. Say that it's because women must not want to direct as much as men do and I will spit fire at everything you love.

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  6. Disney Nabs Wreck-It Ralph Co-Writer Jennifer Lee to Co-Direct Frozen

    Today in Awesome

    For a while now I've been keeping my eye on Frozen, Disney's upcoming animated film loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Snow Queen. (What was that Disney said before about not doing any more fairy tale movies? Guess they changed their minds.) It already had one director, Chris Buck, who has decades of experience in character design and animation and also co-directed Disney's Tarzan. Now Deadline is reporting that Frozen has a second director: Wreck-It Ralph co-writer Jennifer Lee.

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