Project Title: American Minorities and Women in American Films from the 1930's to the 1990's
BASIS Advisor: Edan Chen-Zion
Internship Location: Mako Productions Inc.
Onsite Mentor: Suzana Peric
As someone who aspires to be a creator of films in the future, I already had an overwhelming interest in them and the messages they hold. In this project I decided to study American films from a particular timeline and closely analyze the way women are portrayed and shown to the world and the rest of the American public. Growing up I’ve seen movies from many different eras and I have seen some differences in the way people are portrayed simply because of the year the film took place. But, this is important because it shows, obvious or not, social changes in the US ever since the 1930’s and how certain world and national events affected those social changes. I collected data by watching many films from a list I compiled myself based on recommendations, research, and prior knowledge. I took notes on these films and researched reviews of the film and looked for peoples reactions to the gender roles. In the end I compiled my notes into a timeline and saw how some national or world events may have affected some of the films I viewed.
Week 9: Productive
We are finally nearing the end of this long project. I’m sure everyone is sad and excited at the same time. I had a very productive week and have finished all of my research on American cinema and history. I have compiled together my notes on all 40 films I have watched and have found […]
This project I now feel has been going by so quickly. We are already at the point where we need to start making our presentations. This week I had little time to focus on this project due to college priorities but in the time that I did work on it I was able to progress. […]
Week 7: 90’s and next step plans
I have finally come to the final week of watching movies and will now move on to researching and writing for my final project. The films I watched from the 90’s were as expected, it seems to have been the start of the hardcore, strong woman trend in Hollywood with films like “Silence of The […]
Week 6: 80’s
This week I watched many classic 80’s films. Many of these films were ones I have seen while growing up and it was interesting to look at them through a new lens. Something interesting I noticed is the increase in the inclusion of more races as well as sexual minorities in the main casts of […]
Week 5: 70’s
This week was slower than usual in my schedule of watching films. I have 2 more films out of 7 to watch for the 70’s which I will have to leave for the weekend. Based on the films I have already watched for this week I see a huge culture change especially in the films […]
This week I watched a film that was recommended to me by my on site advisor, Suzana Peric. She recommended I watch the 1930’s film The Women which was a film I found to be incredibly interesting. Since my topic is solely about women in American films I was surprised I haven’t heard about this […]
Week 3: Getting Back on Track?
This week was 50’s week and I have definitely been noticing some steady changes in the films I have been watching this week compared to the films I watched last week. I watched 5 films this week, 3 of which had a specific focus on women. A handful of these films were probably some of […]
Week 2: Slow But Steady
This week has been a slow one but has gone by so fast. I have come up with a steady plan to finish watching all 40 films I intend to watch by around the second week of may. This week was the end of the 40’s so I am now steadily moving on to the […]
Although we are unable to attend our onsite locations this year, I have managed to find a way to complete my senior project just as well. During this first week of working on my senior project I have made a complete list of films that I will be watching and studying throughout the next couple […]
An Introduction to Women In American Films
Hello! My name is Eva A. and I have an overwhelming passion for films. I have been attending BASIS Independent Brooklyn for four years now and over these years I have come to realize my passion. My project title is; Dial W for Women: How 20th century films show societal changes in the U.S. I […]