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Indie ReframedWomen's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema$
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Linda Badley, Claire Perkins, Michele Schreiber, and Michele Schreiber

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403924

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403924.001.0001

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Women Make Movies: Chicken & Egg Pictures, Gamechanger Films and the Future of Female Independent Filmmaking

Women Make Movies: Chicken & Egg Pictures, Gamechanger Films and the Future of Female Independent Filmmaking

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(p.23) 1. Women Make Movies: Chicken & Egg Pictures, Gamechanger Films and the Future of Female Independent Filmmaking
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Indie Reframed
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Sarah E. S. Sinwell

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403924.003.0002

This chapter explores the pioneering and continuing importance of legendary non-profit Women Make Movies, established in 1972 as the first production and distribution company devoted to films by and about women, before focusing on the work of two recently established companies. Created in 2005 to support the work of female nonfiction filmmakers, Chicken & Egg Pictures continues a tradition of activism in which feminist documentaries figure centrally by funding and mentoring filmmakers who address social, political and global human rights issues. More recently, Gamechanger Films was founded in 2013 as the first for-profit fund exclusively for narrative films scripted and directed by women and aims to intervene in the gender imbalance of the feature film industry.

Keywords:   Women Make Movies, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Gamechanger Films, production and distribution, non-profit, for-profit

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