Sundance: Female Directors Close the Gap

Thumbs up, Park City! For the first time in the Sundance Film Festival's 35-year history, half the films competing in the festival's Dramatic category come from female directors. Eight men and eight women will compete for the Grand Jury Prize, including Lynn Shelton, Francesca Gregorini, Liz W. Garcia, Jerusha Hess and more. "It just feels like justice. Like, OK, this is the way it's supposed to be. This reflects the population of the earth. There's no reason why there shouldn't be as many women making movies as men," Shelton told the Associated Press. "But I'm also waiting for the day when I'm not treated as an oddity as a woman. I'm just treated as another filmmaker."