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Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker wins the Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture! [08 Mar 2010|01:04am]

[ mood | celebratory ]

I am overjoyed, but I don't even have the energy to make this more than a bare-bones entry right now:



And her film, The Hurt Locker, which she co-produced, won Best Picture!


For a total of 6 Academy Awards.

Original Screenplay - Mark Boal
Sound Editing - Paul N.J. Ottosson
Sound Mixing - Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
Film Editing - Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
Directing - Kathryn Bigelow
Best Picture - producers Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Greg Shapiro, and Nicholas Chartier

The Hurt Locker wins Best Picture!
Top row: Hurt Locker stars Jeremy Renner, Brian Geraghty and Anthony Mackie
Bottom row: Kathryn Bigelow (holding both her Oscars), Mark Boal and Greg Shapiro

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Kathryn Bigelow wins Directors Guild of America Award! [31 Jan 2010|03:25am]

I have been breathlessly following the Directors Guild of America Award results on Twitter (#DGA) all night, waiting to learn this.


This is the first time a woman has won this award, and it's also a prize that is strongly correlated with Academy Award (Oscar) winners for Best Director, which no woman has won, and only three have ever been nominated for, as of yet. (The nomination for the Oscars will be announced this Tuesday.)
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Women in Horror Recognition Month! [14 Jan 2010|01:17pm]


Blood Drive PSA - Women In Horror Month from Twisted Twins Productions on Vimeo.


become a fan on facebook and follow all the women & horror awesomeness


The Hurt Locker [21 Sep 2009|03:43pm]

I've seen it twice now (several weeks apart), and I have this to say:

If Kathryn Bigelow does not win the Oscar for Best Director (Achievement in Directing) for The Hurt Locker, I think I'll be boycotting the Academy Awards from then on.
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Support women in horror! [13 Sep 2009|03:48pm]



pretty please READ/COMMENT/AND REPOST!!!!

hearts & butcher knives,

RANDOM IDEA [11 Sep 2009|08:26am]

proposal: FEBRUARY as NATIONAL WOMEN IN HORROR Month because sometimes it has 28 days. Can we make this official somehow? PASS IT ON!

Women Deserve This RECOGNITION!!


thoughts?feedback? lets talk ! xoxoox
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All About Steve [07 Sep 2009|03:38am]

Saw it this evening. I'm not saying it's a masterpiece, but it's definitely suffering unfairly from being reviewed in the lens of the genre of romantic comedies. I know it's being marketed as a romantic comedy, but it's not one: it's a farce, which should become obvious when the romance angle is thoroughly abandonned, but for the fact that there are also romantic comedies around that apparently treat their characters as if they were in a farce. Mary's childishness and automatic behaviour are horrible characterisation if they define a romantic lead, but they make perfect sense -- as does the crescendo of bizarre circumstances/news items that form the backdrop of her adventures -- for a lead character in a farce. Do women even get to play those roles usually? I say Bravo! Sandra Bullock for getting it. Seriously.

(cross-posted to my journals)
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A budding feminist filmmaker. [08 Apr 2009|08:20pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hello all,

My name is Jacquie and I'm a budding feminist filmmaker. Are there any other filmmakers/performers/designers/other film-related workers in the community?

Here's my Youtube channel link. I hope this is allowed.

Much squish,


unsettling moments in resident evil: extinction (triggering and spoilered) [16 Mar 2009|01:00am]
i like the resident evil series of movies as cheesy fun, but the third one so far had some deeply unsettling moments. for one thing, it opens with the character of alice being shot while in a skimpy red dress, completely unarmed. yes, the same alice that runs around kicking butt the rest of the film. but it's a clone.

that doesn't make it all right when the camera pans back to a shot of a pit filled with similar alices all in skimpy red dresses, many of them with lower limbs askew in sexualised ways.

it also doesn't make it all right that it's all cloned ladies when alice is strangled by a giant super-zombie about halfway through the film, again while unarmed, and again in the skimpy red dress. her fragility while being murdered makes the viewer intensely uncomfortable and upset.

i feel that the movie is undercutting its own 'gurlz kick butt!' message by having these moments of brutally killing unarmed, disoriented women dressed in skimpy clothing.
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Ax Wound: Gender & The Horror Genre a zine for female horror fans! [11 Mar 2009|07:42pm]


"Ax Wound” is a derogatory term for a menstruating vagina. How perfect for a feminist horror zine title! It is my hope that “Ax Wound” will create a dialogue about gender in the horror/slasher/gore genre — a genre typically thought to reinforce patriarchal values. I want both the 'zine and the website to provide a safe, stimulating environment for feminist horror fans of all backgrounds to discuss the themes of gender, sexuality, and culture in the genre both past and present. Ax Wound will also serve as a platform to help promote and bring together women in the horror industry.

website: http://www.axwoundzine.com
add us on lj ax_wound
myspace: http://www.myspace.com/axwoundzine

SUBMIT TO NEW AX WOUND march 20th deadline/ preview of new content! [22 Feb 2009|02:08pm]

Dear Ax Wound Peoples,

Thank you so much for all your support. It means so much to me and everyone who is about the mission of promoting women and the role of gender in our favorite bloody genre.

I am writing to let you know that currently I am putting together the new issue.
It's very exciting and I think you will all enjoy this one very much!

Some of the content you can look forward to:

Article about horror and porn
Article about womens roles in the films of Eli Roth w/ E.
Roth interview
Shannon Lark interview (plus loads of other exciting interviews!)
The role of the SLut in slasher films
Interview with Valerie Castro of THE PERIOD by Andrew Shearer
A look at:
Women in Horror documentary
the coming of horror-age with NOS
Girls and Corpses talk with Corpsy
Original HORROR ART and fiction
reviews reviews reviews of books films websites
resources for the female horror fan who wants to take
her fandom to the extreme....
this is ONLY A PREVIEW of THE MANY MANY things in this issue!
it is chock full of goodness!
BE PART OF IT.......

Send your submission to AXWOUNDZINE@YAHOO.com

Your deadline is March 20th.

Be in touch if you wanna discuss braninstorm ways to get involved!
I need yoU!

Hearts & Butcher Knives,
Hannah Neurotica

The movie Coraline. [08 Feb 2009|12:32pm]

[ mood | yep, still pissed! ]

Last night my little brother, little sister, and I went to see Coraline. And it made me mad!

Cut for spoilers.Collapse )

(x-posted from feminist_rage and my personal journal)

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TEETH [21 Dec 2008|05:18pm]

As I work on this new issue of Ax Wound: Gender & The Horror Genre I run into lots of articles on how TEETH is a feminist horror film.

Why do you think TEETH is considered "feminist?" AND is it "feminist?"


i mean, if its feminist...why? im curious what you all think.....
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XXY by Lucia Puenzo [25 Nov 2008|12:48am]


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i thought i'd share these here because the film was incredibly powerful, and in my impression, showed the perfect balance between aesthetically pleasing cinematography, an interesting plotline, and a really believable and beautiful character dealing with misogyny and the gender binary. it is one of my new favourite films and i think anyone who is interested in feminist film should check it out; i'd love to discuss with people who have seen it!
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22nd Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans [11 Nov 2008|10:39pm]

The 22nd Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans is now online!

SpaceWesterns.com Sideshow › 22nd Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction – Part I

SpaceWesterns.com Sideshow › 22nd Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction – Part II

SpaceWesterns.com Sideshow › 22nd Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction – Part III

Enjoy them, and I apologize for the delay.  If this is your first time hearing of this event, there's archived carnivals at the website.  If anyone is willing to deal with waiting on me and host the 23rd Carnival, email me please.

Call for Submissions: 22nd Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans [01 Oct 2008|08:06pm]

Where: Space Westerns: Sideshow (Announcement)
When: November 2nd
How Long Until Submissions Close: Until October 28th
Who: Nathen E. Lilly submissions2018[AT]spacewesterns[DOT]com or the submission form
What: Women in Space Westerns

The 22nd Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction will be hosted on the SpaceWesterns.com Sideshow. Our specific topic suggestion: Women in Space Westerns. Send submissions (blogged between May 3rd, 2008 and October 28th, 2008) to Nathan E. Lilly. Additional submission information is available on the submissions page.

What is a Space Western? A simple definition: Western genre themes in Outer-space. Often, if the protagonist of the story could accurately be described as a Space Cowboy, then you’ve got a Space Western. A more serious definition is fiction that explores the effect that the frontiers of outer-space have on the human condition.

Space Westerns in film and television include (but are not limited to): Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Captain Video and the Video Rangers, Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Alien, Galaxy Rangers, Sabre rider and the Star Sheriffs, Marshal Bravestar, Space Hunter, Earth 2, Babylon 5, Farscape, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, Firefly/Serenity, Coyote Ragtime Show, Gun X Sword. Additional works in various other formats can be found at the (Nearly) Complete List of Space Westerns. If you have any questions about why a specific work was included, please feel free to contact me.

Female characters in Space Westerns include (but are not limited to): Wilma Deering, Dale Arden, Nurse Chapel, Lt. Uhura, Yeoman Rand, Princess Leia, Queen Amidala, Ellen Ripley, Lt. Athena, Medtech Cassiopeia, Serina, Cassiopeia, Devon Adaire, D’lenn, Faye Valentine, Radical Ed, Zoe Washburne, Inarra Sera, Kaylee Frye, River Tam, Wendy Garrett, Laura Roslin, Lt. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, Lt. Sharon “Boomer” Valerii, Six.

Women writers of Space Westerns include (but are not limited to): C.L. Moore, Andre Norton, Leigh Brackett, and Jane Espenson.

Repost far and wide, please.

[25 Sep 2008|06:04pm]

Hey Everyone,

I make a feminist horror zine and just created a social network for feminist horror film fans to network and discuss!

please consider joining & spreading the word:


[23 Sep 2008|10:30pm]



Save "Bitch" magazine! [16 Sep 2008|03:25am]


BITCH Magazine!

Please donate to "Bitch" magazine! They need 40 grand by October.

We've already lost so many magazines- ROCKRGRL, LiP. Kitchen Sink, Stay Free, and a host of other independent mags that seemed to be flourishing! And I am sad about the loss of every one of them.

After they disappeared, I learned of their losses...not via my local magazine shop/bookstore owner, but via an article in "Bitch" magazine!

"Bitch" has offered the ultimate in feminism. Offering USEFUL articles by/for/about girls and women. From its letters to the editor, to the last page, dubbed "Annals" (usually concerning retro examples of pop culture, which is always fun), "Bitch" is responsible for some of the most important, tenacious, humorous, and insightful culture commentary magazines articles in history. Everyone from bloggers to bell hooks have had their works published in "Bitch" for over ten years. Everything from women of color in the tech sector to women who are into sci-fi conventions have been covered, plus articles that focus on racism, music by women, and mommyhood are covered on a consistent basis. Within the first year I read it, there were spreads on the green movement, voter fraud against women, female comedians, and how the threat of terrorism is biased against women. Articles about women in politics to women in the comic book industry to women in Palestine.

All without those annoying full-page ads for stuff that makes a woman feel like she isn't enough without said product being advertised to her. All donations to "Bitch" are tax deductible, and it is a non-profit organization!

As we women know, this is the type of publication we cannot afford to lose. I save my issues for my potential future children, and they are especially precious to me to refer to in today's political and social climate. Please donate whatever you can. Countless authors, musicians, movies, artists, news, and political information that flies under the radar but is so necessary to know if you're a woman has been offered up on the pages of "Bitch". Babeland, Lunapads, Essence, Etsy, and $pread have all been but a few of the must-haves in my life that have been inttroduced to me because of "bitch" magazine.

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[28 Jul 2008|10:05am]

Got a Feminist Film? Want it distributed? 

Submissions for undistributed films to the Philadelphia Film-A-Thon are still open! The Winner of "Best Feature" will receive a screening at the International House Philadelphia Theater, a copy of Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, the Official Philadelphia Film-A-Thon trophy, waived entry into next year's festival, and an international distribution offer by Polychrome Pictures through Warner Bros Worldwide Home Video/DVD. Visit www.ProjectTwenty1.com for more info.   

Note: Short films & animations will also receive screenings & awards at year's Film-A-Thon, but we do not have a promise from PC/WB to distribute them BUT YOU NEVER KNOW! If you have something exceptional, please send it our way, and we will do the best we can it in front of the right eyeballs! 

[x-posted to find the best film possible!]  Fe

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