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Tessa Thompson Offers The #TimesUp Directors Challenge

By Kristy Puchko | Film | January 28, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | January 28, 2019 |


To change the sexist culture of Hollywood, we need to do more than call out abusers. We need to disrupt the boys club environment that so long fostered and hid abusers. To that end, Time’s Up activist Tessa Thompson has thrown down a challenge in hopes of increasing the numbers of female directors making movies in 2019 and 2020.

At the Sundance Film Festival, Thompson declared, “Because only 4 percent of the top 100 studio films over the last decade have been directed by women, Times Up is initiating a challenge, the 4 percent challenge, and I intend to take it. I commit to working with a female director in the next 18 months.”

The gauntlet was thrown down. And some big names were eager to take on the challenge, proclaiming their resolve on Twitter.

And here’s how you can get involved in getting the number of working female directors up.

But Thompson wasn’t done. She’s looking to enhance the voices of women and people of color in entertainment journalism too.

The how here isn’t clear. It’s possible she’ll have her PR team give priority to interview requests from women and people of color, which could move the needle. But does Thompson have a plan for how to get more diversity in film criticism? It’s something Time’s Up has spoken to before. We’ll see.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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