Will the next movie you see pass the Bechdel Test?

The Bechdel Test is a “litmus test” for women characters and themes in movies. Here are the three questions:

1. Are there two or more women in it who have names?
2. Do they talk to each other?
3. Do they talk to each other about something other than a man?

Find more on the topic of women in popular culture on the Feminist Frequency website blog.

And be sure to watch MAKERS on PBS starting September 30 (check local listings) or via Community Cinema to join the live(ly) conversation.

New Time for WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD | Meet the Speakers

Due to a scheduling conflict, the September 28th Community Cinema [DC] presentation of MAKERS: Women in Hollywood at Busboys and Poets (14th & V Streets) will begin at 4 PM (instead of 5 PM). Please make your reservations on Eventbrite or call 202-939-0794 for information.


Executive Director
Women in Film & Video (WIFV)
Women in Film & Video (WIFV) of Washington, DC is dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, television, video, multimedia and related disciplines. WIFV supports women in the industry by promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, serving as an information network, and educating the public about women’s creative and technical achievements.

Graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design
NiallaAs a child Washington D.C. native Nialla LeBouef filled her head and free time with stories. Surrounded by cinema at a very young age Nialla played make believe all too much and never quite grew out of it. Citing a myriad of cinema masters as inspiration their work and many others inspired her to study film making and her passion lead her to the Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated and received a BFA in Film and Television in 2012. Since then Nialla has worked on several projects, her many interests and passions weave their way through her creative endeavors and continue to grow as she does.

See the trailer for Nialla’s film “The Restless” which was shown in the 2013 Annapolis Film Festival.

The Restless Trailer from Lukas Dreser on Vimeo.

Download a MAKERS: Women in Hollywood DISCUSSION GUIDE

Meet Our Speakers: Wonder Women!

The March 10 and March 16 Community Cinema presentations of WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines will each have a different theme for the Q&A: The March 10th screening at the Washington DCJCC will focus on comics; the March 16th screening at Busboys and Poets will celebrate Wonder Latinas and include remarks by a representative from Eileen Fisher Inc., national community partner for the ITVS previews of “Wonder Women!”

Of course, a program like this will have plenty fans especially Wonder Woman fans. The March 10th screening is already FULL according to our Eventbrite page, but we’ll have a wait list at the door. The March 16th screening is almost full.

Here are our guest speakers for the events.


MONICA GALLAGHER, professional graphic artist, comicker.

Read more about Monica and Bonnie N. Collide (above) at eatyourlipstick.com. Monica is based in Baltimore, MD.

MARK PAYNE, Wonder Woman fan. This was Mark Payne’s introduction, courtesy of Big Planet Comics in Washington, DC. My hunch is Mark has a background in graphic design. There’s always mystery in comics.


BUSBOYS AND POETS (2021 14th Street, NW)
GRACE FLORES-HUGHES was born in Taft, Texas on June 11, 1946. She began her federal career as a GS-2 at Kelly AFB in 1966 and subsequently transferred to the Department of the Air Force and later to the Department of Health, Education & Welfare where she assumed higher levels of management responsibility. She worked in the Department of Health & Human Services as Acting Director of the Office of Hispanic Americans where she was responsible for the development and implementation of social policy and programs regarding Hispanic Americans and where she helped coin the term “Hispanic” for the federal government. Grace was the first woman to serve as the Director/Assistant Attorney General level of the Community Relations Service (CRS) for the Department of Justice from 1988-92. Appointed by President Reagan and later kept on by President H.W. Bush, Flores-Hughes was responsible for developing policies and establishing priorities with respect to the resolution of racial and ethnic conflict in communities throughout the country, and the resettlement of Cuban/Hispanic refugees in the United States.

ELIZABETH ANDRADE is Vice President and Director of Production at Pixeldust Studios in Bethesda, MD, which specializes in Animation & VFX. Elizabeth and her husband, former National Geographic art and animnation director Ricardo Andrade (presdient) started Pixeldust Studios in 2006. The studio has received 15 Emmy awards for their work. Pixeldust has created work for National Geogrpahic, A&E Television Networks, NBC, Spike TV, Travel Channel, TLC, Discovery, Channel, The British Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, and others.