Kudos to Michael Moore. He’s announced that every film in competition in his Traverse City Film Festival will be directed by a woman. With his characteristic tongue-in-cheek humor, he’ll have male filmmakers featured in a showcase called “Men Make Movies —The Struggle Continues.” It’s “an expression of tokenism usually reserved for women,” he explains.
In his welcome letter to the film festival, he points to the lack of diversity and gender parity in Hollywood as the cause of repetitive movie franchises.
“Hollywood’s refusal to pass the camera (and the funding) over to women and people of color so that they can tell their stories is the reason your choices this summer at the cine-mall are between “Fast and Furious Transformers: The Apocalypse” and “Buddy Comedy Road Trip to the Gods of Egypt 6.” Don’t you want to do something about that?”