New Director at Sundance

As the 2020 year of Sundance wraps up, the organization just announced a new female director, Tabitha Jackson. The past director, John Cooper, had been in that role for 30 years. He is moving on. The impact he made was huge.

What is worth noting is that a very good friend of mine who is the non-profit world told me that none of the top jobs will go to white males in the next ten years. Based on a few other moves, I believe he is absolutely right particularly in the arts.

As my brother says, they can’t get rid of the white men, they can just give less of them (us) powerful positions. He is also right.

Times are changing. Even new novels write about women raising their kids with full-time gigs, their careers are tied directly to who they are. We are moving into a world where the chaos around white men hanging on to what has worked for many decades, it is starting to ebb.

New horizons that are welcome and good to finally see. Hats off to Sundance for leading the charge.

Comments (Archived):

  1. JLM

    .And yet, the Dems in Iowa yesterday were vying to pick their Presidential nominee between an ancient white guy who has had a heart attack, never held a real job, passed 3 bills in a lifetime in politics and another ancient slow white guy who has been a corrupt nobody in politics for the last 50 years.Yeah, things are really changing, no?Next thing you’re going to tell me is that there’re some old white billionaires trying to buy their way in. No way.The Dems motto: “When you want the job done, pretend to support women, but call an old, rich, white guy. Cause old rich white guys can carry the freight even though it isn’t woke.” May be a little long for a motto.Tell me how I am wrong. Go.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  2. JLM

    .Novels are, of course, fiction. The advice given to writers about characters is not to write characters who you might stand next to in the grocery line because nobody wants to read about normal.In the real world, women are making huge strides — says the father of a successful co-founder who has one husband, one child, another on the way, a Lab, and is crushing it.Sometimes the best man for the job is a woman. Sometimes women seize the opportunity and control their own destiny — they start companies and become employers. It is not a recent development.In this economy, anything is possible. Bravo.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  3. jason wright

    “powerful positions” – perhaps that’s the real problem, and not who occupies them. #powerprivilege might be the real issue here, but it’s being masked by #whiteprivilege. It’s time to restructure the hierarchy of institutions rather than simply redistribute the power privilege of access to them.

    1. Gotham Gal

      could be

      1. jason wright

        Being able to see this higher level truth might be the real white male ‘privilege’.

  4. LE

    I have noticed that an overwhelming number of Netflix Originals (at least the ones that I watch) often have 1 or 2 strong female leads in dramatic and non comedy roles (I don’t watch any comedy).Re: “Tabitha Jackson” – Her age (49) overlaps with when the TV series Bewitched was on. This is the girl who played Tabitha on that show from 1966 to 1972 (Jackson would have been born in 1971 +-).…Your name (Joanne) my guess Joanne Woodward. ‘We need a ‘j’ name.

  5. awaldstein

    Diversity generally is both good business and on the rise.Diversity as a theme of America for certain.Dunno if you saw Little America…You might like it–I really did. Produced by the husband/wife couple that wrote The Big Sick which i loved.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Did not. Will add that to our queue.