The past several months have marked a sea change in the film industry, with the public unveiling of decades of gender discrimination and abuse in Hollywood. This is a powerful time for women, and the 2018 SXSW Film Festival lineup is especially fitting for the year of Time’s Up and #MeToo with a number of female directors screening their works.
“We ladies are being heard more than ever and there’s a growing appreciation for our work. It’s exciting to be a small part of this bigger, beautiful movement.”
Kay Cannon’s Blockers is a raucous comedy starring Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena as hyper-concerned parents determined to protect their daughters’ virginity on prom night. The movie is the directorial debut for Cannon, the writer behind the Pitch Perfect franchise, 30 Rock and Girlboss. “It’s a genuine honor to be at SXSW,” she says. “Any year would be a thrill, but this year in particular has a special feel to it. We ladies are being heard more than ever and there’s a growing appreciation for our work. It’s exciting to be a small part of this bigger, beautiful movement.”