Lights, Camera, Representation

Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

Committee Chair

Melissa Jonson

Second Committee Member

Patrick Smith


Women have been involved in film since its inception. In the past, half of all screenwriters were women. Now, women comprise only 10% of all produced screenwriters. In all sectors of filmmaking, women are vastly underrepresented. Past literature details the causes and implications of this problem yet doesn’t address how to change it. Many authors point to film schools as part of the solution, but don’t actually speak with student and professor filmmakers. This documentary asks students and professors to think about the issue of gender inequality in their profession, their experiences in film school pertaining to the subject, and their future aspirations for gender equality in such an important medium.