One of the most interesting announcements out of this year's Cannes is Together Now, an upcoming collection of seven short films directed by and starring women. A series of huge names are already on board to direct.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robin Wright is set to direct a short; as is Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first Twilight; Patricia Riggen, who made Chilean mining drama The 33; Melina Matsoukas, who directed the music video for Beyoncé's "Formation"; Kátia Lund, who co-directed City of God; as well as Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska and Saudi director Haifaa al-Mansour. Juliette Binoche and Freida Pinto will both star in shorts. Together, the seven films will make up a feature-length movie.
Together Now is the first film from the non-profit production company We Do It Together, which was founded to finance films, documentaries, and TV shows focused on empowering women. The film industry — not just in Hollywood, but globally — has done a horrible job of putting women at the head of movies, so a project like this is both exciting and important. "We believe that we can create a movement, with women and men, with actions behind words, that will change the utterly outdated and discriminatory paradigm that we see in media, and its marginalization of women worldwide," We Do It Together writes on its website.