Female Film Critics is creating a resource for women writers
24

patrons

$94
per month
Purpose: Female Film Critics (@FemaleCritics) champions women in an industry that reports on the depressing statistics (27% of Rotten Tomatoes-approved "Top Critics" are women), but has yet to do much to resolve the glaring gender disparity. Women are 51% of the population and 52% of moviegoers, yet cultural discourse continues to be dictated by men. We want to combat “the old boys' club” with our own support network by highlighting the writing and talents of overlooked women writers and critics.

Patreon Goal: Right now, the account is mostly on Twitter, with a few posts on Facebook and a relatively inactive Slack. With funding, we can grow into a full-fledged resource for women writers and film fans seeking women voices. With more funds, we will create a newsletter (GOAL REACHED!!), start a podcast, and launch a website with paid writing and networking tools.

Origins: Over a year ago, I (Diana Drumm) was chatting with Pacific Standard’s Katie Kilkenny about the lack of women in film criticism while she was prepping her piece "How the Internet Led to the Decline of Female Film Critics" for The Atlantic. (If you haven’t read it yet, you really should.) In the midst of venting my own pent-up frustrations, I realized that there wasn’t really a hub focused on women film writers on twitter. Yes, there was “Film Twitter," but well, I think most of us have witnessed that it’s not always the most supportive environment. After checking the web and with Katie, I decided to launch the twitter account — part motivation stream, part promotional tool for women writers, part message board.

Since then, it’s evolved and grown into something much bigger. The response has been so positive and so embracing from fellow writers, august editors, aspiring fledgling critics, film fans, and people looking for more women voices in general. The account was named one of “50 Signs of Hope for Culture in 2016” by Flavorwire. (Thank you, Alison Nastasi!) Female Films Critics collaborated with Women and Hollywood on “The Dudeocracy of Film Critics" as well as guest posts and editing. (Thank you, Melissa Silverstein!!) I’ve spoken about the account on podcasts including Marya E. Gates’s "Female Filmmaker Friday" and “One Week Only” with Carlos Aguilar and Conor Holt. I even attended NYFF with a badge reading “Diana Drumm, Female Film Critics.” (NYFF is the best of the best, and I wholly recommend young-ish film writers applying to the NYFF Critics Academy.)

That said, I am one person manning (or womanning?) the account, and that has limited its impact and reach. With your donation, I can turn this account into something bigger than a womanned twitter bot and build more positive change towards gender parity in the film industry, onscreen and off.

On top of the rewards to your right and our goals to your left, here are some more patron-related perks... 

ACHIEVED (!!): If we reach 25 patrons by Sunday, January 15th at 5 PM EST, we will live-tweet and live-curate the U.S. premiere of The Young Pope, as well as the rest of the season. 

When we reach 50 patrons, we will host a weekly live-tweet/hashtag discussion of a film directed by a woman currently streaming online as part of #52FilmsByWomen.  

When we reach 75 patrons, I will gather a few female film critics together and we will do dramatic readings of Max Landis tweetstorms. (Thanks for the suggestion, Dor Dotson!) 
Tiers
Ally
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
Thank you so much for your donation and continued support. You are now officially an ally of female film critics and writers. Go you! 
Comrade-in-arms
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
This is the equivalent of buying us a cheap pint or expensive coffee drink a month, and we appreciate that deeply. Welcome to the team. We will tweet a shout-out to comrades-in-arms once a month.
Patron Spotlight
$7 or more per month 1 patron
We will post about you in a Patreon update and tweet an awesome factoid about you with a flattering photo of your generous self. 
Promoter
$10 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Each month, we will promote a female critic and/or cultural writer of your choice for a full day (8:30 AM to 6:00 PM EST) on our twitter account and Facebook page. 
Salonnière
$10 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
You will choose the topic for a #femcritcircle conversation each month. 
Google Hangout Clique
$20 or more per month 1 patron
We will host a Google Hangout chat with you and other $20 patrons once a month. We shall discuss film, criticism and industry trends as well as the direction of Female Film Critics.
Goals
$94 of $250 per month
We will launch a proper podcast with women writers as guests. 
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Purpose: Female Film Critics (@FemaleCritics) champions women in an industry that reports on the depressing statistics (27% of Rotten Tomatoes-approved "Top Critics" are women), but has yet to do much to resolve the glaring gender disparity. Women are 51% of the population and 52% of moviegoers, yet cultural discourse continues to be dictated by men. We want to combat “the old boys' club” with our own support network by highlighting the writing and talents of overlooked women writers and critics.

Patreon Goal: Right now, the account is mostly on Twitter, with a few posts on Facebook and a relatively inactive Slack. With funding, we can grow into a full-fledged resource for women writers and film fans seeking women voices. With more funds, we will create a newsletter (GOAL REACHED!!), start a podcast, and launch a website with paid writing and networking tools.

Origins: Over a year ago, I (Diana Drumm) was chatting with Pacific Standard’s Katie Kilkenny about the lack of women in film criticism while she was prepping her piece "How the Internet Led to the Decline of Female Film Critics" for The Atlantic. (If you haven’t read it yet, you really should.) In the midst of venting my own pent-up frustrations, I realized that there wasn’t really a hub focused on women film writers on twitter. Yes, there was “Film Twitter," but well, I think most of us have witnessed that it’s not always the most supportive environment. After checking the web and with Katie, I decided to launch the twitter account — part motivation stream, part promotional tool for women writers, part message board.

Since then, it’s evolved and grown into something much bigger. The response has been so positive and so embracing from fellow writers, august editors, aspiring fledgling critics, film fans, and people looking for more women voices in general. The account was named one of “50 Signs of Hope for Culture in 2016” by Flavorwire. (Thank you, Alison Nastasi!) Female Films Critics collaborated with Women and Hollywood on “The Dudeocracy of Film Critics" as well as guest posts and editing. (Thank you, Melissa Silverstein!!) I’ve spoken about the account on podcasts including Marya E. Gates’s "Female Filmmaker Friday" and “One Week Only” with Carlos Aguilar and Conor Holt. I even attended NYFF with a badge reading “Diana Drumm, Female Film Critics.” (NYFF is the best of the best, and I wholly recommend young-ish film writers applying to the NYFF Critics Academy.)

That said, I am one person manning (or womanning?) the account, and that has limited its impact and reach. With your donation, I can turn this account into something bigger than a womanned twitter bot and build more positive change towards gender parity in the film industry, onscreen and off.

On top of the rewards to your right and our goals to your left, here are some more patron-related perks... 

ACHIEVED (!!): If we reach 25 patrons by Sunday, January 15th at 5 PM EST, we will live-tweet and live-curate the U.S. premiere of The Young Pope, as well as the rest of the season. 

When we reach 50 patrons, we will host a weekly live-tweet/hashtag discussion of a film directed by a woman currently streaming online as part of #52FilmsByWomen.  

When we reach 75 patrons, I will gather a few female film critics together and we will do dramatic readings of Max Landis tweetstorms. (Thanks for the suggestion, Dor Dotson!) 

Recent posts by Female Film Critics

Tiers
Ally
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
Thank you so much for your donation and continued support. You are now officially an ally of female film critics and writers. Go you! 
Comrade-in-arms
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
This is the equivalent of buying us a cheap pint or expensive coffee drink a month, and we appreciate that deeply. Welcome to the team. We will tweet a shout-out to comrades-in-arms once a month.
Patron Spotlight
$7 or more per month 1 patron
We will post about you in a Patreon update and tweet an awesome factoid about you with a flattering photo of your generous self. 
Promoter
$10 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Each month, we will promote a female critic and/or cultural writer of your choice for a full day (8:30 AM to 6:00 PM EST) on our twitter account and Facebook page. 
Salonnière
$10 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
You will choose the topic for a #femcritcircle conversation each month. 
Google Hangout Clique
$20 or more per month 1 patron
We will host a Google Hangout chat with you and other $20 patrons once a month. We shall discuss film, criticism and industry trends as well as the direction of Female Film Critics.