We're sure that you're well aware of the paltry numbers concerning the presence of women in film. Not actors -- directors, writers, producers, etc. The people behind the scenes who call the shots. It's been great to hear about recent successes -- like Kathryn Bigelow
winning an Oscar for The Hurt Locker
in 2010 and Jennifer Yuh Nelson
becoming the world's highest grossing director -- but it's more frustrating to hear about the missed opportunities -- like Patty Jenkins
being replaced as the director of Thor 2
or Brenda Chapman
being taken off Brave
. But why are the successes so few and far between? The Sundance Film Festival, taking place in the snowy mountains of Utah as we speak, is hoping to change this. Along with Women In Film, the Sundance Institute has pledged to start tracking the progress of female filmmakers, then use that information to increase the parity between men and women in the film industry. Because seriously, it shouldn't be that shocking to find out that women can direct a great movie -- they do it all the time.