Backwards & in Heels

Backwards & in Heels : The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film

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? Malone has over 1 million views on YouTube

? TedTalk #GirlsinFilm has been seen over 25,000 times

? Gender Inequality in Film by the numbers:

o In the top 500 movies of all time: 70% of all speaking roles go to men // 2 to 1 ratio of nudity // teenage females depicting nudity has risen by 33% since 2007

? The gender gap for cinematic and film majors does not exsist. Women represent 51 percent of graduate students at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and 46 percent at the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Social Media Numbers:

Twitter - 40.2k (@aliciamalone)

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Appears On:

Screen Junkies YouTube - 5.7m subscribers

Fandango MovieClips YouTube - 10m subscribers

Clevver Movies YouTube - 1.3m subscribers

HitFix Website - 7m unique/month, 27m page views/month

Uproxx Website - 25.5m unique/month

Speaking Engagements:

TEDx Talk -

Worthy Women conference -

Savannah College of Art and Design students -

Connected To:

Chris Stuckman - 768k YouTube subscribers

Jeremy Jahns - 1.2m YouTube subscribers
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 272.16g
  • FL, United States
  • English
  • 1633536173
  • 9781633536173
  • 48,813

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"Alicia Malone is one of the most inspiring voices in media today. Her book is a painful eye-opener that everyone with an interest in film should read."

Chris Stuckmann

Film Critic "Starting in the very early days of film,Backwards & in Heelscovers women holding all different positions throughout the film industry.From editors, to directors, to producers, to actresses, women have done it all.The problem is, in many areas, the number of women who have held these positions is few and with very little recognition.It is a battle for women that is still being fought today."- My Current Interests ?Alicia is a wonderful human whose voracious appetite for, and knowledge of, cinema and its history is immense and passionate. I can't think of anyone more suited to dig into this very important part of the story of film.? - Elijah Wood ?Alicia Malone has opened my eyes to stories and stats about Women in Film, making me recognize the constant prejudices and imbalances that occur in the film industry even today, but also the ways in which women have been and continue to be celebrated. Proud to be a fellow feminist for film!?

Maude Garrett, Founder of

"Over the years since we both moved here from our respective home countries to report on film, I?ve watched Alicia Malone grow more and more passionate about the roles women play in the modern movie industry, and what she can do to help better this. Alicia is talented and has a natural love of cinema, to be sure, but she's also dedicated to sharing her insights and knowledge in such a way that you can?t help but fall in love with film all over again!"

Nadia Neophytou, Entertainment Reporter

"A fresh and passionate voice that makes us fully aware of the tremendous contributions of women to movies, while giving urgent notice to the stubborn slights and oversights of the film industry and reminding us of the job that remains to be done. A timely and important work of cultural criticism."

Molly Haskell, Film Critic and Author of From Reverence to Rape

?Alicia is one of those movie lovers equally adept at discussing Neo from "The Matrix" and Italian Neorealism. Her enthusiasm is infectious; I can?t imagine anyone better equipped to welcome a new generation of young women into the world of movies. With "Backwards and in Heels," she?s done it.?

Ben Mankiewicz, Primetime Host, Turner Classic Movies

"Alicia Malone is the champion heroines of cinema deserve. Illuminating, insightful, occasionally maddening, Backwards and in Heels is required reading for anyone who wants to call themselves a film fan."

Sasha Perl-Raver, Host, FX Movie Download

?Alicia Malone's expert perspective and inspired, informative take on film history make Backwards And In Heels a must read. An outspoken advocate for women in film and an ardent lover of cinema, here she is actively changing the conversation around women's achievements in the business with wonderful insights, wisdom and wit.?

Miri Jedeikin, Host, Uproxx

"Women have been creators in the film industry since its inception. In Backwards and in Heels, you can feel Alicia Malone's passion for highlighting the trailblazers who have deserved this kind of notoriety for decades. Any lover of film will appreciate this celebration of important figures who have made massive contributions to the art form."

Tiffany Vazquez, Saturday Daytime Host, Turner Classic Movies

"There's a slow but steady shift finally sweeping the industry to invest more in female voices. Having a tool like this fantastic book is invaluable for the continued growth and hope of future generations of creative women. Alicia Malone has been a true champion of female artists, exemplifying the passion, intelligence and class needed to bring people together and create positive change.?

Amirose Eisenbach, Radiant J Productions ?Alicia Malone gives me hope for the future of film appreciation. Her knowledge and curiosity are matched only by her enthusiasm for all things cinematic." Leonard Maltin
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