In fact, we are still slightly shell-shocked and breathless from the experience the following day when Davis gives us a ring. Or somewhere in between? I intend to encourage it as much as possible.
Nobody had any idea or noticed how few female characters there were until I had the numbers. That has made an enormous difference. Bentonville also happens to be the only film fest in the world that awards guaranteed distribution to its winners—an anomaly, to be sure. When the chance to launch this festival came up, to co-found it, I leapt. Nothing changes for female directors, nothing creates momentum. She herself has faced indignity and adversity. In the past few years, she can recall one project in particular: I ended up pointing it out to him.
But not all directors and producers are backward—there are a few doing it really right, in her opinion. Abrams, who sees both male and female actors for each part, even if the role was specifically written for a man. What are they going to think about my character? As an actor, I wanted to have an adventure or an experience and not just be the girlfriend of the person having the experience. Nobody with the lm had any clue that it would strike a nerve like that.
It was a huge shock. The passion of people who might recognize me and talk about their reaction to the lm was just extraordinary, and made me realize very powerfully how few opportunities we give women to feel inspired and excited by the female characters coming out of a movie. I had so many girls and young women who wanted to tell me that they play sports because of that movie. One of us has aged, at least! I got appointed to the State of California Commission on the Status of Women quite a few years ago—when Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor, actually.
Speaking of the Olympics, well, that almost really happened, too. A er taking up archery as a hobby in , she vied for a semifinalist berth on the U. Olympic archery team, placing 24th out of women who tried out. All this to say, her mountains of success have put Geena Davis in a clear position to help lead the charge for women.