Agnès Varda is a French filmmaker who has directed almost 50 films. Heard of her? Neither had I, and that's exactly the point of the recently launched agnès films, the latest web endeavor of my wife, who, aside from being in the middle of earning a PhD, filming her second documentary and keeping busy in the editorial offices of McBone, is making a lot of headway in her quest to conquer the universe. She also eats healthy and does yoga every day.
Created in conjunction with her partner, Caitlan, whose recipe for oven bacon has been a personal source of inspiration, agnès films is part of a master plan. Did you know that less than ten percent of mainstream film directors are female? It's true! And I'll bet you weren't aware that women account for only two percent of cinematographers for large budget films. Outraged by this overwhelming gender disparity, Alex has set out to level the playing field. Not merely a tribute to one of the great and enduring (and largely unknown) cinematic figures of the last 50 years, agnès films is a place where female filmmakers can find a community of support. Need technical advice for your latest short film project? agnès films is here for you. Having trouble writing that grant? agnès films can help. Looking to find a great woman-made documentary? Look no further than agnès films.
Seriously though, agnès films isn't just about women in the movies. It has been firmly established by right minded people that inequality based on gender, race, creed, religion and sexual orientation sucks, yet recent developments around the country remind us that we still have a ways to go. Later this year I will be attempting to impregnate my wife for the first time. We hope that our children grow up in a world where their genders have no bearing on their opportunities. Alex and Cait welcome all of you, male, female and transgender alike to visit and join agnès films. If you happen to be a filmmaker, you'll find an ever growing wealth of practical information. If not, agnès films is a great community for anyone with a dual interest in film and equality.