TCM, Women in Film LA Spotlight "Trailblazing Women in Film" This October

By  | just published an exclusive on a new programming event for TCM, Turner Classic Movies. They’re teaming up with Women in Film LA for a month-long celebration of women in film.

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.  The series starts Oct. 1 and will air Tuesdays and Thursdays in primetime, encompassing more than 50 films.

The website for TCM will soon feature information and resources related to women in film as well. The best part? This is going to an annual thing, probably!

“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.

Check out the planned lineup below.

The series begins with film historian Cari Beauchamp discussing the work of pioneers including Alice Guy-Blache, Dorothy Arzner, Agnes Varda and Lina Wertmuller.


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


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.

Films include Look Who’s Talking (1989),  A League of Their Own (1992), Claudia Weill’s Girlfriends (1978) and Martha Coolidge’s Valley Girl (1983). A full list is available at the press release.

It’s a shame I don’t have TCM, but I may add it to Sling for a month just to see this great feature, as I know I’ll be seeing movies and directors that will be new to me.


Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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