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05/19/2020
On the Page

Want to make your ears and mind happy today? Check out Senain Kheshgi on the On the Page Podcast now!

Here's a video sneak peek and it's available wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts!

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On this week’s podcast, documentary filmmaker Senain Kheshgi talks about the way she uses narrative movie structure to shape her groundbreaking films.

Here’s a little sneak peek! 👀

Go give it a listen! 🎧

http://onthepage.libsyn.com/webpage/664-finding-the-movie-of-the-doc

Our very own Senain Kheshgi will be on the panel for Filmmaker Summit Session 2: Personal Narratives in Documentary for ...
05/13/2020
Filmmaker Summit Session 2: Personal Narratives in Documentary

Our very own Senain Kheshgi will be on the panel for Filmmaker Summit Session 2: Personal Narratives in Documentary for #CAAMFestOnline Thursday May 14th (that’s tomorrow!!) at 12:30 pm Pacific Time.

RSVP Here: https://caamfest.com/2020/special_events/caam-summit-session-2-personal-narratives-in-documentary/

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Filmmakers and Mentors Grace Lee and Senain Kheshgi in conversation with Fellows Anula Shetty and Jude Chehab and moderator Vicky Du will discuss their experience and talk about their own strategies for storytelling specifically on a personal documentary film.

MAJORITY director Laura Gabbert’s Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles is set to have its international premiere this ...
05/12/2020
Exclusive clip: Laura Gabbert’s “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles”

MAJORITY director Laura Gabbert’s Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles is set to have its international premiere this May as part of the 2020 Hot Docs Festival Online special presentation lineup! It was selected to have its world premiere as part of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival before the event’s 19th edition was postponed. Check out this sneak peak at realscreen.com!

“Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles follows famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He assembles a team—a veritable who's who of the dessert world, including Dominique Ansel and Dinara Kasko—to help bring his vision to life. The pastry chefs create a true feast of Versailles complete with a cocktail whirlpool and posh jello shots, architectural mousse cakes, chocolate sculptures, swan pastries, and an edible garden.”

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Documentary director Laura Gabbert’s Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles is set to have its international premiere this May as part of the 2020 Hot Docs Festival Online special presentation lineup. The film ...

A BIG Congratulations to our director Laura Nix and Inventing Tomorrow for their PEABODY AWARD NOMINATION!!Inventing Tom...
05/08/2020
INVENTING TOMORROW

A BIG Congratulations to our director Laura Nix and Inventing Tomorrow for their PEABODY AWARD NOMINATION!!

Inventing Tomorrow follows passionate teenage innovators from around the globe creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats—found right in their own backyards—while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. These inspiring teens prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Check out their website to learn more Inventing Tomorrow and watch it on Amazon Prime now!

#inventingtomorrowPBS #femalefilmmakers #PBS #peabodyawards #womendirectors #femaledirector #thereisnoplanetB #documentaryfilms
#POV #inventingtomorrowmovie

Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as...

Join our Co-Founder, Senain Kheshgi, THIS THURSDAY May 7th for the Engaging the Intended Audience Panel through the Bran...
05/05/2020

Join our Co-Founder, Senain Kheshgi, THIS THURSDAY May 7th for the Engaging the Intended Audience Panel through the Brand Film Awards & Workshop! As entertainment pivots to digital debuts from festival premieres, brand film faces the challenge of attracting attention in an ever-evolving ecosystem packed with content.

Link to register: https://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=6210511358873631&referrer=050720-INS

#brandfilm #prweek #brandedcontent #brandfilmlive #brandfilmworkshop #brandfilmawards #campaignUS #brandstorytelling #majorityfilm #advertising #creativity #femaledirectors #femalefilmmakers #commerical #filmmaking

According to British Film Institute. “In the golden age of US animation in the 1930s and 40s, women were famously relega...
05/01/2020

According to British Film Institute. “In the golden age of US animation in the 1930s and 40s, women were famously relegated to the ink and paint departments at the Disney studio and to date only one Hollywood animated feature film has been solely directed by a woman.”

Our Los Angeles based, 2020 Academy Award-nominated animation director Siqi Song is currently operating a small stop-motion studio from home. She is building characters, storyboarding, developing animatics, and filming - all while working remotely with clients to create a series of four short stop-motion films for a major brand. Song earned her Masters in Experimental Animation at CalArts. She received a 2018 BAFTA student film award, as well as a Project Involve Fellowship from Film Independent. See more of her work via here:

https://wdrv.it/9dc699466

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04/29/2020
Baking Easy Bread With Ever, Directed by Angela Kohler

Our directors are making the most of their time at home doing what they do best - creating beautiful stories.

Angela Kohler and her husband Ithyle are teaching son Ever this easy no-knead bread recipe from NYT Cooking

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04/27/2020

From the kitchen sink to the director’s chair, traditional gender roles have seen some positive evolutions in the last few decades. Enjoy director Angela Kohler’s fresh stop motion take for #Dawn, ”Alternate Uses” while washing out a mason jar for your next #sourdoughstarter!

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04/24/2020

The #CelluloidCeiling reported that 20 percent of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers working on the top 100 domestic grossing films of 2019 were women. This is the highest percentage increase since data collection began 22 years ago.

Hiring a female director can offer a different viewpoint. Our director, Angela Kohler, created this stunning spot for PopSockets.The female gaze affects everything from color choices to pace and lighting, connecting in new and important ways with audiences. What is your favorite film directed by a woman?

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04/15/2020
Kindle - Fly Me Away

Our talented directors can create anytime, anywhere, with home studios capable of producing original, high-production-value work. Angela Kohler and her husband Ithyle Griffiths built and directed this brilliant stop-motion concept for Amazon Kindle in less than a week. What are you reading right now?

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In 2016, only 9.7 % of rostered directors on the AdAge production company A-List were women. While the industry is getti...
04/13/2020

In 2016, only 9.7 % of rostered directors on the AdAge production company A-List were women. While the industry is getting better thanks to organizations like our friends at Free The Bid and Film Fatales, there is still a long way to go. MAJORITY is proud to represent a roster of over a dozen extraordinary female directors.
Today we’d like to introduce you to the unstoppable force that is Angela Kohler. She continues to work from home during quarantine, specializing in stop-motion animation. She has created iconic work for global brand clients like Amazon, Capitol Records, Lexus, Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, PepsiCo, Target, and Verizon. Recognized by the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at Cannes, Shoot Magazine’s New Directors Showcase and 10 Young Directors To Watch, Angela is using her time at home to work on commercial projects using remote collaboration and also filming and editing an online cooking series with her son, Ever.

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See some of Angela's work here: https://wdrv.it/6e5a1907a

Thank you @idaorg and #addiemorfoot for talking with us about our goal for female filmmakers working in the branded cont...
03/13/2020

Thank you @idaorg and #addiemorfoot for talking with us about our goal for female filmmakers working in the branded content and commercial world! Link in bio.

#wearemajority #majority #femalefilmmakers #womenincommercials #amplifywomen #womeninfilm #brandedcontent #ida #documentary

SISTER directed by Siqi Song has been released online as one of the 12 finalists at The Wrap's Shortlist Film. Make sure...
08/08/2019

SISTER directed by Siqi Song has been released online as one of the 12 finalists at The Wrap's Shortlist Film. Make sure to check out the film and don’t forget to vote!! 👯‍♀️

https://shortlistfilmfestival.com/films/

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Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world's...
07/30/2019

Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world's environmental threats – found right in their own backyards! Tune in TONIGHT, July 29 for the broadcast premiere of @InventingTomorrowMovie on @PBS: #InventingTomorrowPBS #wearemajority

Come get your dance on with Laura Nix’s new short film WALK RUN CHA CHA! It screens at the Ace Hotel Los Angeles, Wed Ju...
06/14/2019

Come get your dance on with Laura Nix’s new short film WALK RUN CHA CHA! It screens at the Ace Hotel Los Angeles, Wed June 19 at 7:30p. The film is part of a @nytopinion series on immigration and belonging. Following the screening will be a Q&A and dance number with the film’s phenomenal subjects!

Congratulations 👏👏👏 MAJORITY Director Danielle Parsons on having your short film PLAY OF COLOR featured in the December ...
12/13/2018

Congratulations 👏👏👏 MAJORITY Director Danielle Parsons on having your short film PLAY OF COLOR featured in the December 2018 issue of Labocine!

PLAY OF COLOR is a term mineralogists use to refer to the unique way light moves through opals. At the molecular level, precious opal consists of layers of silica spheres arranged in regular, closely packed planes. Each perfectly rounded sphere has a diameter of 150-300 nanometers. Lightwaves traveling through the silica spheres become highly refracted and diffused, causing fluctuations in color. Inside these precious opals, shafts of soft-hued light and clouds of pinfire illuminate a 3mm field-of-view.

PLAY OF COLOR was made in collaboration with gemologist Danny Sanchez for Wonder Science, the relaxing science channel available on iOS, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. The film also screened in Nov 2018 at the inaugural Infinity Film Festival in Beverly Hills, CA.

Congratulations to MAJORITY director Lulu Wang for making Variety's 10 Directors to Watch for 2019 list!
11/28/2018
Variety Names 10 Directors to Watch for 2019

Congratulations to MAJORITY director Lulu Wang for making Variety's 10 Directors to Watch for 2019 list!

As Oscar season heats up and the world awaits news of the Sundance Film Festival lineup, Variety announces its 10 Directors to Watch for 2019, featuring a mix of recent festival breakouts and movie…

MAJORITY director Anjali Nayar's latest project, Just A Band, was selected as one of the latest Sundance Institute Docum...
11/13/2018
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Announces Latest Grantees

MAJORITY director Anjali Nayar's latest project, Just A Band, was selected as one of the latest Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and Stories of Change Grantees. The film is produced by MAJORITY Managing Director Senain Kheshgi and Executive Producer Katie Doering.

Founded by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of independent storytellers in film and theatre.

Thanks to Meade’s request and the growing momentum of #MeToo, HBO decided to employ an intimacy coordinator and found Ro...
10/31/2018
Intimacy Coordinators Will Oversee Sex Scenes on HBO Shows Going Forward

Thanks to Meade’s request and the growing momentum of #MeToo, HBO decided to employ an intimacy coordinator and found Rodis via her nonprofit, Intimacy Directors International, whose mission is to establish and normalize standards and practices for sex scenes on stage and screen. [From Women & Hollywood]

From “Girls” to “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s shows are known for their sex scenes. So it’s fitting that the cabler is bringing on intimacy coordinators to oversee sex scenes on all its shows going forward. As confirmed by Deadline, sex trade drama “The Deuce” already has an intimacy coor...

The Atlantic captures a crucial piece of the picture when it comes to industry gatekeepers and transformative opportunit...
10/29/2018
Horror Cinema Has a Gatekeeping Problem

The Atlantic captures a crucial piece of the picture when it comes to industry gatekeepers and transformative opportunities for #WomenStorytellers: "Blum and other mega-producers can help open these sorts of transformative career paths to new filmmakers—and to female storytellers in horror, of which there are many beyond Kent. Julia Ducournau, of France, shocked audiences in 2017 with the brilliantly visceral coming-of-age cannibalism movie Raw. Coralie Fargeat, another French director, released the intense and subversive film Revenge this year. Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer's Body and The Invitation are two of the most exciting twists on the genre in the past decade. And there are plenty more artists still waiting to make their first theatrical feature whom producers should be actively scouting and looking to cultivate."

The mega-producer Jason Blum’s comments about female directors being uninterested in the genre point to a bigger issue facing Hollywood.

We sit down with MAJORITY animation director Maya Edelman in the latest installment of MAJORITY Speaks: "I’m deeply conv...
10/25/2018
MAJORITY Speaks: Maya Edelman – MAJORITY – Medium

We sit down with MAJORITY animation director Maya Edelman in the latest installment of MAJORITY Speaks: "I’m deeply convinced that the more stories you absorb and the more you read, the more empathy you have because in a way, empathy is imagination. Or, it’s something that requires imagination. It asks you to take a leap into another person’s place and consciousness."

Maya Edelman is an animation director from Brooklyn, NY. She recently directed and animated an episode for the second season of the…

The New York Times has released the trailer for the second season of their video series, Conception. The series includes...
10/19/2018
Conception Season 2: Parenting in 2018

The New York Times has released the trailer for the second season of their video series, Conception. The series includes an episode directed and animated by MAJORITY director Maya Edelman. This season will explore parenting in 2018.

In 2018, we can feel that what separates us is more evident than what unites us. We’re often defined by our race; our ethnicity; our socioeconomic status. So, we asked parents: How do you raise children in a world that already sees them — and you — in a certain way?

10/17/2018

We're proud to announce that MAJORITY has joined Free The Bid
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All of the women directors on our roster now have profiles in Free The Bid's director database.
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"At MAJORITY, we are dedicated to creating work made by diverse women in front of and behind the camera," said MAJORITY partner and managing director Senain Kheshgi.
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"With more women telling authentic stories from our own perspectives, the deeper and more meaningful the connection is with audiences. Free the Bid has been aligned with this vision since their inception. We are energized by the sisterhood they’ve cultivated and we’re excited about the boundless possibilities of things to come."

"Inspiration is a tiny beast that visits me. I can’t force it. All I can do is I try to absorb as much stuff related to ...
09/19/2018
MAJORITY Speaks: Ilinca Calugareanu – MAJORITY – Medium

"Inspiration is a tiny beast that visits me. I can’t force it. All I can do is I try to absorb as much stuff related to a project or a task, and then I just let the ideas flow and run into inexplicable places until inspiration strikes." - Ilinca Calugareanu

An interview with Chuck Norris vs. Communism director Ilinca Calugareanu

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