Feminism in the spotlight at GR film festival

Sep 11, 2015

There’s no shortage of films being released today, but only a small percentage feature significant roles for women. The organizers behind the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival want to shine the spotlight on women and on other groups who are under-represented in the media industry. Current State talks with organizer Lydia VanHoven about the festival.


In the top 100 highest grossing films of 2014, women represented a total of 30-percent of all speaking characters, studies show. And of that group, 26-percent were women of color. A group of creative social justice activists set out to change on-screen perception of women and other under-represented groups in the media by starting the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival this weekend.

Current State speaks with festival organizer Lydia VanHoven.