Will “Miss Representation” launch a new wave of feminist directors?

 

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

According to this story on IndieWire, Oprah Winfrey has been making moves and acquiring content for her new cable channel.  She was at Sundance picking up documentaries in particular for her Documentary Film Club.  One of the films, “Miss Representation” stands out in particular:

Also feeding the female demo is actress-documentarian Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s earnest feminist media critique Miss Representation, which lays out the argument about how the way women are portrayed in the media—as objects of beauty—impacts real girls and women. Siebel interviewed a wide range of women leaders including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem.

First-time director Newsom has an interesting background.  She’s a graduate of Stanford Business School and Stanford University and she’s the wife of Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco and current Lieutenant Governor of California.

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