The Women of FWOS

The Women Filmmakers of the Improfilm Festival

Making Strides in a Male Dominated Industry According to ​Women and Hollywood

By Esther Gadpaille  | May 2018

​According to Women and Hollywood, women accounted for 18% of directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors, and cinematographers of the top 250 grossing films in 2017. In other words, men dominated the film industry, ​once again, with 82% of them leading behind the camera production.

For an industry that was initially forged and influenced by the creative talents of women during the silent era, film continues to neglect its origins for a concurrent culture of male supremacy. Though female presence has gradually increased over the years, the gender gap is still prevalently felt and seen constraining women to environments in which they are viewed as inferior and treated as such in a number of ways (wages, workplace interactions, progressive opportunities, etc).

Despite the adversities, women like Yasmin Purvis and Natalia Curea are entering the industry with resilience and ambition to challenge and change the norms. Hailing from different regions of the world, (respectively, New York, United States; Cahul, Moldova Purvis and Curea recognize the importance of their role, with aims to empower and exhibit female representation, in the film industry. Exploring human behaviors, emotions, and dynamics is a uniting factor that inspires the themes and depictions of characters in their productions—creating a realistic experience for viewers.

When asked about future endeavors and aspirations for their film career, both women
responded with plans of professional directors and writers for film/television production. Yasmin wants to have her own production company where she’ll create her first family drama TV show and plans on opening a youth center for children interested in filmmaking and storytelling. Natalia sees herself working on screen production bicoastally (New York and Los Angeles) and eventually becoming a professor teaching aspiring filmmakers about the art of film. Though they’re still in the early stages of their career, the filmmakers have discovered the power in their passion and vision which translates into their creations.

Yasmin’s and Natalia’s short films will be screened at the Improfilm Festival on May 24th, 2018 from 6-8 pm at the Made in New York Media Center IFP Screening Room (​30 John Street DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201).