You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TCM, Women in Film LA Launch ‘Trailblazing Women’ Programming Initiative (EXCLUSIVE)

Turner Classic Movies has teamed with Women in Film, Los Angeles, for a programming initiative designed to highlight the work of women behind the camera in the movie business.

In the month of October, actress-director Illeana Douglas will host a twice-weekly “Trailblazing Women” series featuring movies directed by women. Douglas’ wraparound segments will feature interviews with filmmakers and discussion of statistics compiled by Women in Film about gender disparity in the film business, notably the 5-to-1 ratio of men working in film production compared to women.

TCM and WIF LA are building out a dedicated section of the TCM website focusing on the history of women in the film biz, WIF LA’s studies on gender issues and links to various resources for aspiring female filmmakers.

“Trailblazing Women” grew out of TCM’s effort to curate a month’s worth of movies directed by women. The idea was sparked when Charlie Tabesh, TCM’s senior VP of programming, saw that TCM had obtained rights to 2008’s “The Hurt Locker,” the movie that made Kathryn Bigelow the first woman to win an Oscar for directing.

“We were pondering what preceded Bigelow and ‘The Hurt Locker,’ ” TCM general manager Jennifer Dorian told Variety. “Our job at TCM is to think about the long view and the entire spectrum of film history. (Tabesh) put together a look at women pioneers going back to 1906.”

As the package came together, Dorian realized that there was an opportunity to add a “pro-social” layer to the effort, which prompted her to reach out to Women in Film LA.

“We recognized that this is a timely and topical issue, and that we could not only create awareness of women’s historical contributions but shine a light on today’s issues and bring resources and information to today’s generation of filmmakers,” Dorian said.

“Trailblazing Women” will be a multi-year project for TCM, with a similar monthly showcase planned for 2016 and probably 2017, Dorian said. The inaugural effort is focused on the work of female directors, but future showcases will delve into other disciplines such as writing and producing.

The series launches Oct. 1 and will air Tuesdays and Thursdays in primetime, encompassing more than 50 films. The series begins with film historian Cari Beauchamp discussing the work of pioneers including Alice Guy-Blache, Dorothy Arzner, Agnes Varda and Lina Wertmuller.

Other directors who will co-host nights alongside Douglas are Allison Anders, Julie Dash, Connie Field, Amy Heckerling, as well as producer and WIF LA president Cathy Schulman.

“There are tremendous growth opportunities for women working behind the camera and by shining a spotlight on these talented ‘Trailblazing Women,’ we hope to inspire change,” said WIF LA exec director Kirsten Schaffer.

Here’s the complete schedule for “Trailblazing Women”:

Oct. 1:  Film Pioneers with Cari Beauchamp
Oct. 6: Studio Directors from the Dawn of Sound into the 1970s with Cari Beauchamp
Oct. 8: Independent Classics with Allison Anders
Oct. 13: The 1980s: A Step Forward with Amy Heckerling
Oct. 15: Essential Docs with Connie Field
Oct. 20: 1990s: Mainstream Hits with Amy Hecklering
Oct. 22: African American Independents with Julie Dash
Oct. 27: International Breakthroughs with Cari Beauchamp
Oct. 29: A New Generation with Cathy Schulman

(Pictured: Illeana Douglas)

More TV

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    Songs For Screens: Active Child Offers Woke Spiritualism; Sonos Hosts A Deee-Lite-ful Holiday Dance Party

    Turner Classic Movies has teamed with Women in Film, Los Angeles, for a programming initiative designed to highlight the work of women behind the camera in the movie business. In the month of October, actress-director Illeana Douglas will host a twice-weekly “Trailblazing Women” series featuring movies directed by women. Douglas’ wraparound segments will feature interviews […]

  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim to Play Cesil Colby

    Hakeem Kae-Kazim to Play Cesil Colby in ‘Dynasty’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Turner Classic Movies has teamed with Women in Film, Los Angeles, for a programming initiative designed to highlight the work of women behind the camera in the movie business. In the month of October, actress-director Illeana Douglas will host a twice-weekly “Trailblazing Women” series featuring movies directed by women. Douglas’ wraparound segments will feature interviews […]

  • HBO Snapchat Black Friday

    HBO's Black Friday Buy: A Snapchat Story Telling You to Stream Instead of Shop

    Turner Classic Movies has teamed with Women in Film, Los Angeles, for a programming initiative designed to highlight the work of women behind the camera in the movie business. In the month of October, actress-director Illeana Douglas will host a twice-weekly “Trailblazing Women” series featuring movies directed by women. Douglas’ wraparound segments will feature interviews […]

  • Unfinished 'Doctor Who' Episode Is Finally

    Unfinished 'Doctor Who' Episode Is Finally Completed - 38 Years Later

    Turner Classic Movies has teamed with Women in Film, Los Angeles, for a programming initiative designed to highlight the work of women behind the camera in the movie business. In the month of October, actress-director Illeana Douglas will host a twice-weekly “Trailblazing Women” series featuring movies directed by women. Douglas’ wraparound segments will feature interviews […]

  • Dish Network

    CBS, Dish Resolve Carriage Dispute

    Turner Classic Movies has teamed with Women in Film, Los Angeles, for a programming initiative designed to highlight the work of women behind the camera in the movie business. In the month of October, actress-director Illeana Douglas will host a twice-weekly “Trailblazing Women” series featuring movies directed by women. Douglas’ wraparound segments will feature interviews […]

  • 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' starring Jonah

    'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' Renewed for Season 2 At Netflix

    Turner Classic Movies has teamed with Women in Film, Los Angeles, for a programming initiative designed to highlight the work of women behind the camera in the movie business. In the month of October, actress-director Illeana Douglas will host a twice-weekly “Trailblazing Women” series featuring movies directed by women. Douglas’ wraparound segments will feature interviews […]

  • Canal Plus

    Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti's 'Hippocrate' Medical Series

    Turner Classic Movies has teamed with Women in Film, Los Angeles, for a programming initiative designed to highlight the work of women behind the camera in the movie business. In the month of October, actress-director Illeana Douglas will host a twice-weekly “Trailblazing Women” series featuring movies directed by women. Douglas’ wraparound segments will feature interviews […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content