#GAReads | Equitable Cinematography: Director Lexi Alexander on the Politics of Focus
I followed Lexi on twitter (@lexialex) because I’m a feminist film and TV production fangirl and she’s one of the rare 14%, a female director working in Los Angeles. Lexi’s insights into patriarchy and its myriad manifestations— sexism, colorism, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, etc.— are incisive, often amusing, and always educational. Her presence on my feed encourages me everyday to keep my chin up and my feet moving. She leads by example, quite literally fighting the good fight.
I’ve spoken to many women filmmakers — some more outspoken than others — about the harsh reality they face daily in the course of simply trying to do their jobs. Lexi’s experiences are, sadly, far from unique. What’s noteworthy about the conversation that follows is her unflinching frankness and specificity about how bias permeates every single aspect of filmmaking including cinematography.