13 photos of women in film kicking ass, taking names, and making movie magic.

Don't let the Oscars, Golden Globes, or any award show fool you: Women filmmakers exist.

Not only do they write, direct, edit, and produce the films we love, they make it all happen in an industry predominantly led by men. Many of these women had to work twice as hard to get half as far as their male counterparts, but it didn't stop them from pursuing their passions, and telling stories on the big screen.

In the wake of  #TimesUp and #MeToo, women directors decided to start an empowering social media movement of their own — #femalefilmmakerfriday.

Aline Brosh McKenna, showrunner and co-creator of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," and the writer behind "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Annie" (2014), kicked things off Jan. 26 by sharing a photo of herself on set.


Other women in film quickly joined in, sharing photos of their time behind the camera.

The new weekly tradition continues with big names, rising stars, and passionate fans sharing their favorite behind-the-scenes photos of women in film.

This seemingly small act is a big win for representation. Not only do fellow women in film get to celebrate their peers, but fans get to see and learn more about the talented women behind the scenes. And young girls considering careers in filmmaking get to see the strong community waiting to welcome them into the ranks. It's a weekly exercise in positive representation — and it's awesome.

Here are 13 of my favorite photos so far.

1. Women in film are telling their own stories ...

2. ... and elebrating triumphs ...

3. ... and sharing things they've learned.

4. And whether they're a woman who’s already "made it"...

5. ... or is just starting a new challenge ...

6. ... everyone has something to contribute.

7. Because this community of women is bigger ...

8. ... stronger ....

9. ... and more talented than anyone gives them credit for.

10. And the fans wholeheartedly agree.

11. So pull a few more seats up to the table, Hollywood.

12. Because women in film are here to stay.

13. And we can't wait to see what they dream up next.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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