Mainstream media – all film, television, journalism, digital and print publications – are overwhelmingly created by men, especially white men. Women are only 19% of expert interviewees and 17% of films directors from the top 250 films, they are outnumbered by men 3 to 1 as lead characters in family movies, and women are consistently portrayed exhibiting far more nudity than male characters, And those are just a few current examples! Think about the impact of these constant disparities, and you’ll get why media is important.
Media influences everything: the way we walk and talk, the careers we seek, the partners we choose, the way we raise our children, the clothes and cars we buy, and the way we vote. A non-biased media is essential to progress toward gender equality, and yes, that will take a while. But we’d be happy to start with radically less-biased media! And that is attainable.
March 7 – 12, 2024
Our 25th Anniversary Film Festival, Reel Equals, will be open for ticket sales December 1st! We will be offering our annual new films from around the world, plus some of our Greatest Hits from the past 25 years – you won’t want to miss them!
Join us for in-person showings Friday night at the Morganroth Auditorium, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on the Ringling College main campus, and Saturday and Sunday at the SHS Alumni Auditorium at Sarasota Art Museum.
For 24 years TWE Film Festival has shared fresh voices and underrepresented perspectives with theater and online audiences. We are known for presenting a carefully curated selection of shorts and feature films from all over the world. In addition to our great film offerings, we created the Film Festival to inform viewers about media misrepresentation, helping to spread the word and bring about change.
2:30-4:00 pm EST – 2nd Monday of every month
6:00–8:00 PM EST – 4th Tuesday of Every Month
Zoom Or in-person
For more than 20 years members of our monthly Book Club have gathered and read books by women authors from around the world. We come together to discuss and learn and share each other’s company as we explore personal narratives about different countries.
Did you know that female artists represent only 11% of acquisitions at major museums and only 2% of the entire art market? That fewer than ⅕ of all photojournalists are women? And that men write the overwhelming majority of book reviews, even though women read more books? We have a some issues here, and we can change them!