Why did you start this blog?
Have you read this article? It's pretty infuriating. Tl;dr: there aren't enough female film critics and because of this, female-centric films don't get enough attention. As something I once read on Tumblr stated:
Me watching a movie: There are too many men
Me reading a book: There are too many men
Me watching tv: There are too many men
Me learning history: There are too many men
Me living life: There are too many men
I don't hate men (I'm married to one), but I do think they get an inordinate amount of attention, especially in the film industry. Did you know that in 2016, only 7% of top Hollywood directing jobs went to women? It's true; you can fact check that shit right here.
While they may not get top directing jobs, there have always been female directors out there making bomb ass films on a regular basis. I started this blog because I love to watch and write about film. Some of my favorite films are directed by women and hardly anyone I talk to knows about them because they're not taught in film school and they weren't written about enough when they premiered. I'd like to change that.
Who are you?
I'm Lindsay Pugh: cinephile, filmmaker, feminist, and INFJ. I enjoy running, reading, writing, and making/watching movies. I try to update my Goodreads profile regularly, so hit me up there if you'd like to talk about books. (Have you read "The Idiot" by Elif Batuman? If you need a recommendation, it's a recent favorite of mine.)
I studied film (and a bunch of other cool stuff) at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and The New School in New York, NY. I currently live in Ann Arbor, MI with my husband and cats. I have a full-time job that has nothing to do with film, so I use this blog as my outlet.
Whenever I'm feeling sad, I watch this scene from "Frances Ha" and feel better about the world:
Then I watch this scene from "Magic Mike XXL" and feel even better:
Who are your favorite directors?
Who took your dope cover photo?
Marta Bevacqua! She is an immensely talented French photographer and I highly recommend that you check out the rest of her work here.
Are you the only person who writes for this blog?
Mostly, yes. I've asked a bunch of my cool/smart friends to contribute and so far, they've written things when my begging has reached an embarrassing level. Meg Campbell, Kyle Beechey, and Ali Lappas have all written for this blog in the past, so check out their posts if you want to read something that isn't written by me.
I'm always looking for more voices to add to Woman in Revolt and I would love it if you emailed me with a pitch idea or recommendation. I'm just one person and I acknowledge that my perspective is definitely limited.
Is writing this blog your job?
Nah, I work as a digital strategist for an interactive agency in NYC. Here's my About Me if you want to stalk me on other parts of the Internet.
Why don't you have social media accounts that are fully dedicated to your blog?
Woman in Revolt is my fun/happy place where I get to do whatever the fuck I want and I really don't feel like worrying about posting on IG constantly in order to keep people engaged. I also frequently look at my analytics and know that of every social media platform, Facebook is the only one that actually generates traffic. Maybe someday I'll get an intern and make them find content for people to mindlessly 'like' when they're bored, but for now ... it's just not going to happen. If you want to get updates when I post something new, please subscribe to my email list. It doesn't currently work, but I promise it will whenever I launch my new website in August. You can also follow my WiR Facebook page, the only one I actually update with regularity. Definitely feel free to follow me elsewhere, but just don't be disappointed when all I post is one cat photo every 45 days.
Which blogs/critics do you read?
- Kimberly Lindbergs - she has her own blog called Cinebeats and also writes for Streamline, Filmstruck's blog
- Danielle Young at The Root
- Emily Nussbaum at The New Yorker
- Kristin M. Jones at WSJ, Film Comment, and Frieze
- Bright Wall/Dark Room
- Bitch Flicks
- Stoffel Debuysere at Diagonal Thoughts
- Feminist Frequency
- Marya E. Gates at Cinema Fanatic
I'm sure I'm missing a bunch, but this gives you a general idea.