Thursday, February 20, 2014


Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is expanding her IMDb resume by not just being an actress in front of the camera but homing her skills behind the camera as a director. 

E! Online is reporting that Stewart is in Nashville, Tennessee this week to direct a music video for the band Sage + the Saints.  Sage is reported to be a friend of Stewart. 

Stewart is following in the footsteps of her mother Jules Mann-Stewart who wrote and directed the indie K-11.

Stewart would be a well needed addition to the ranks of female directors considering that Hollywood has been recently taken to task for its lack of diversity. 

In January and February of this year, the Hollywood Reporter reported on studies release by UCLA and Celluloid Ceiling regarding Hollywood's diversity issues for the lack of representation for minorities and women in front of and behind the camera. 

"The 16th annual Celluloid Ceiling report revealed Tuesday [January 14th] that there has been no increase in the amount of women working in film over the past year, with women accounting for just 16 percent of directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2013.

"...the percentage of women working in film is slightly lower than it was in 1998, the first year of the study. It's also down two percent from 2012."

"UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, found that ethnic minorities were underrepresented as lead actors in films by a factor of more than three-to-one -- that is, they appeared as leads at less than one-third the rate that would be expected based on their proportion of the population, which the study said was about 36 percent."

Stewart may have never thought that directing a music video would be making a political statment.  But it is.

Stewart has witnessed her film franchise [Twilight] which was successfully began by a female director [Catherine Hardwicke] be taken away and given to male directors never to be returned. 

With the Angelina Jolie's and the Charlize Theron's doing more behind the scenes with producing, writing and directing, this could be a positive step in breaking a bad cycle. 

Outside of that, it is nice to see Stewart making her mark in the biz.


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