How is it already 2020?!? To kick off the new year I want to share a few links worth noting, which includes NPR’s dive into why making art is good for your health.
Also, if you sign up for the Girls That Create newsletter, you’ll now automatically receive lovely quote artwork by the talented Laura Castillo (who also designed the Girls That Create logo). Display in your home, office or wherever you need a happy boost. To receive, sign up on the right-hand side of this page. Your email address will not be shared with any outside parties and you can always opt out at the bottom of newsletters or by contacting me directly.
Making Art is Good for Your Health. Here’s How To Start A Habit: The act of creation can reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood. I call that winning. NPR has put together a new Life Kit with six things you need to know to kick-start a creative art habit. They also have a post on Quieting Your Inner Critic.
Speech by Maxine Bailey: The former vice-president of advancement at Toronto International Film Festival gave this moving speech at December’s Women in Film and Television Toronto Crystal Awards Gala, where she received the Special Jury Award of Distinction.
New study reveals the number and percentage of female directors of top films reached a 13-year high in 2019: 12 women directed one of the 100 top films in 2019. While the overall percentage of female directors across the 13-year time frame remains 4.8 percent, 2019’s number was the highest across the years examined.
“She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement” by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey: I flew through this over the holiday break and recommend it. The book not only dives into how the reporters finally broke the Weinstein story, it also explores the #MeToo movement afterwards. You can listen to an interview with the Kantor and Twohey here.
And huzzah! The trailer for WONDER WOMEN 1984 is here.