/ by Jared Jones

After Pay It Forward, “I did go to Movie Jail,” Leder says. “I didn’t get a movie until seven years later. I was offered lousy movies, but the point is, I know men who have made $250 million failures and they get three more films.”
Hannah, too, remembers this as a frustrating time. “It seemed to take such a long time to recover from that and to be able to have access to work that excited her,” she says. “It seems like everything came to a kind of halt.”
When I ask Mimi to elaborate on why she thinks this happens to female directors more than their male counterparts, she muses, “Maybe it’s as simple as, ‘Hey, you look like me! You’re a white guy, you wear a baseball hat, come on in. Come join the club.’ I think there’s a safety [to that]. It’s insanity, but it still exists. Look at the numbers, still. … It’s certainly not because we [women] are less talented, or don’t have the ability to make big films, small films — all sizes. It’s obviously not true that we don’t work as hard.”
She adds, “The only way a director becomes really good is if they have access and the ability to do it, over and over again. You get better as you grow.”
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