Eliza Dushku has been in a lot of headlines lately thanks to Joss Whedon's new Fox show Dollhouse. But here's one headline that you may have missed last week: Dushku is producing a new big screen biopic about Robert Mapplethorpe.
Dushku is already a producer. Her Boston Diva Productions company is, in fact, co-producing Dollhouse. (For those of you who are unsure about the trajectory of that show, Dushku implores you via an A.V. Club interview posted Friday to just...hang...on... until episode six, at which point she guarantees that the show gets awesome. But I digress.)
Now she's trying her hand at film production. According to Variety, Dushku has lined up Ondi Timoner to direct the Mapplethorpe biopic, currently titled The Perfect Moment. Timoner is an absolutely fantastic documentary filmmaker who has won the Sundance grand jury prize not once, but twice, for her documentary features DiG! and We Live in Public. Timoner will make her feature directorial debut.
Why do I think this is such ass-kicking good news? Because Dushku is a young, motivated actress moving solidly into production who has just created a great opportunity for a young, dynamic woman filmmaker. No doubt, this is an all-indie project, but it's going to be high profile enough to capture the attention of mainstream industry players - and perhaps some mainstream audiences, too.It's frustratingly easy to point to the many ways in which Hollywood is still an old boy's network (although those boys seem to be getting younger all the time), but when women like Dushku step into the production role and support other women filmmakers, we get a glimpse of what could be. Are we starting to see a new girls network? Maybe. It's long overdue.