Where are the black female directors?


When the Oscars snubbed 'Selma' director Ava DuVernay, it left many with a bigger question about the absence of black female directors in Hollywood. In this Oscar season episode, Cristen and Caroline search behind the camera for women of color.

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"Black Directors in Hollywood." https://books.google.com/books?id=5YWgxVkJmT4C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Eloyce King Patrick Gist." https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/eloyce-king-patrick-gist-2/

"Heroines of Cinema: Ava DuVernay and 10 More Trail-Blazing Black Female Directors." http://www.indiewire.com/article/heroines-of-cinema-ava-duvernay-and-10-more-trail-blazing-black-female-directors

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"Maria P. Williams." https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/maria-p-williams-2/

"Media Messages: What Film, TV and Popular Music Teach Us About Race, Class, Gender and Sexual Orientation." https://books.google.com/books?id=dwwpAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Remembering Jessie Maple And Her Landmark 1981 Feature-Length Film, 'Will'." http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/remembering-jessie-maple-and-her-landmark-1981-feature-length-film-will

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''Selma's' Ava DuVernay Becomes First Black Woman to Receive Director Nomination." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/golden-globes-selmas-ava-duvernay-756511

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"Tressie Souders." https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/tressie-souders-2/

Topics in this Podcast: Hollywood, black women, women in film, directors, oscars