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Geena Davis visits Hothouse

From left to right: Prof. Garland Waller, Olivia Neir, Ariel Pakier, Caitlin Cohen, Nikki Colleite, Sarah Kamaras, Hailee Romain, Alexandra Driscoll. First row: Elisabeth Norvik, Hannah Boyce, G.D., Mariel Arroyo, Pedro Falci

Back Row: Prof. Garland Waller, Olivia Neir, Ariel Pakier, Caitlin Cohen, Nikki Colleite, Sarah Kamaras, Hailee Romain, Alexandra Driscoll. First row: Elisabeth Norvik, Hannah Boyce, G.D., Mariel Arroyo, Pedro Falci.

[Updated Jan. 21]

Geena Davis (CFA ’79) spoke with Hothouse Productions students on Nov. 30 about her films, gender biases and the best place to hang out at BU:

Geena Davis’ realization that a problem exists in media portrayals of gender came about when she was doing what many parents of young children do: watching kids’ movies with her daughter. Oscar-winner Davis (CFA’79, Hon.’99) decided to do something about it. She created the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media six years ago to lobby for more female characters and fewer female stereotypes in children’s media.

A College of Communication student video will anchor a Hollywood campaign against gender stereotypes being launched by Davis and the institute, which commissioned the video, Guess Who, from Hothouse Productions, COM’s student-run video production outfit. The film explores children’s views of women in different roles. Excerpts from that video and another about its making premiered to positive reception from 600 Hollywood execs and artists at the institute’s second Symposium on Gender in Media, held at L.A.’s Skirball Cultural Center in December.

Earlier, the Boston Globe wrote up her visit:

Boston University grad and Wareham native Geena Davis visited her alma mater last night to give a talk on behalf of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. She planned to discuss the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media — her organization that studies the disparity of roles between men and women — but before she took to the stage, Davis met with a group of BU students whom she had hired to make educational videos for her cause. Members of Hothouse Productions, a team of BU communication students who make films for clients, waited eagerly backstage with their professor, Garland Waller, to meet Davis in person for the first time.

Read more on Davis’ visit at BU Today and The Boston Globe.

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