Rip the Red Carpet Oscar Hackathon

Rip the Red Carpet Oscar Hack

Sunday, February 22, 2015
4PM to 8PM SCI Building
Media Arts + Practice Division
School of Cinematic Arts

The last few years have seen an emphasis on the gender and racial inequity in many Oscar nominated films, both behind the camera, as well as in front of it. In 2014, the New York Times* reported that the ratio between speaking roles for male versus female characters in all Oscar nominated films was more than two to one. Moreover, an extensive study commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute for Gender and carried out by a team at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism reported the same gender as well as racial imbalance in the top ten box office markets globally.*

Using clips from Oscar nominated films as a starting point, students will analyze their features, before “talking back” to them by editing, and/or generating new clips via The LAMP’s MediaBreaker online video editor and media advocacy site (see below for a demo).

* Sources:

Lee, Kevin. “The Gender Gap in Screen Time.” The New York Times. 27 February 2014. Online. 4 March, 2014.

USC Annenberg School of Communication website. “Gender stereotypes persist in films on a worldwide scale.” 22 September, 2013.  Online. 30 September, 2014.


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