Cassie Jaye

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Cassie Jaye
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Jaye in 2018
Cassandra Nelson[1]

(1986-05-01) May 1, 1986 (age 33)
OccupationFilm director, producer
Years active2004-present
Notable work
The Red Pill
Partner(s)Evan Davies

Cassie Jaye (born May 1, 1986) is an American film director and ex-feminist, best known for directing the 2016 documentary film The Red Pill about the men's rights movement.[2][3]

Early life and work[edit]

Jaye was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States, to Nena Jaye.[4] At age eighteen, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was an actress for five years before moving to Marin County, California in 2008.[5] Jaye disliked the stereotypical roles she was cast in, which she described as "cute girl-next-door who always died in horror films." Along with several incidents of sexual harassment, this led her to embrace feminism. She formed the production company Jaye Bird Productions in 2008.[6]


Daddy I Do[edit]

Jaye directed and produced the 2010 American documentary film Daddy I Do which examines sex education and sexual abstinence programs in America.[7] Daddy I Do included interviews with the founder of the Silver Ring Thing Denny Pattyn, feminist writer Amanda Marcotte, and Douglas Kirby. The film also discusses personal stories from women facing teenage pregnancy, single motherhood, abortion and sexual assault.[7][8] Bust magazine praised "Jaye for exposing the truth about abstinence-only programs, the stories of teenagers who buy into it, and its consequences..." [9]

The Right to Love: An American Family[edit]

Jaye directed and produced her second feature documentary film The Right to Love: An American Family in 2012. The film chronicles a family known as "Gay Family Values" on YouTube in the aftermath of California Proposition 8 (2008).[10]

The film premiered in February 2012 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California with guest speaker Zach Wahls.[11][12] The film went on to screen at the Frameline Film Festival.[13]

The Red Pill[edit]

Jaye directed and produced the 2016 American documentary film The Red Pill about the men's rights movement. Jaye spent a year interviewing men's rights figures, such as Paul Elam, founder of A Voice for Men; Harry Crouch, president of the National Coalition for Men; Warren Farrell, author of The Myth of Male Power;[14] and Erin Pizzey, who started the first domestic violence shelter in the modern world.[15] She also interviewed critics of the movement, such as Ms. magazine executive editor Katherine Spillar,[14][16] and sociologist Michael Kimmel.[17] Jaye initially relied on her own money to fund the film, as well that from her mother and her boyfriend[17] as she found difficulty finding backers from traditional sources after it became known that the film would take a "balanced approach"[18] view of the men's rights movement.[19][15] In what she called a "last resort", she started a campaign on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.[19] The Kickstarter project promised to be a fair and balanced look at the men's rights movement.[19] Her effort was strongly criticized by some feminists[20] including David Futrelle, who runs a website called We Hunted the Mammoth who said it looked like propaganda.[21] However she received support from Breitbart News columnist Milo Yiannopoulos.[22][23][24]

David Futrelle also accused Jaye of soliciting funding from members of the men's rights movement which she portrays sympathetically.[23][25] She has said that the suggestion the film was funded by MRAs (men's rights activists) is "a common lie that keeps spreading,"[17] and that the film's backers and producers would have no influence or control of the film.[17][19] It has also been criticized by Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice, among others, for failing to challenge controversial comments and behavior from men's rights figures such as Paul Elam.[23][21] Jaye has defended the film as being "extremely balanced" and that people were "heard in context without manipulation".[26]

The film has had screenings canceled in Australia following petitions, protests, and threats against those holding the screening.[27][28][29][30][31][32]

In a 2017 interview with Australian TV show The Project, when asked about a recent high-profile murder of Luke Anderson by his father, Jaye emphasized that it was a specific example of a male victim of domestic abuse, instead of as an example of a male perpetrator. Jaye described the interview as "hostile and aggressive", and initially pulled out of some interviews following the incident.[33][34] Later she resumed interviews but made her own recording of the discussions as she stated she had been "misquoted so much".[35]

In an interview on the Australian TV show Weekend Sunrise, Jaye asked the show's hosts directly "Did you see the film?". The co-hosts said they had not.[35][36] After receiving a wave of comments critical of the hosts and supporting Jaye, Sunrise removed the video of the interview from their Facebook page. Jaye uploaded the interview to her own page, where it was removed shortly after as a copyright violation. When asked about the removal from Facebook a spokeswoman for the Seven network which produces Sunrise declined to comment. Jaye also posted screenshots of emails to prove that Sunrise’s producer had received a copy of the film a month before the interview and plenty of time for the hosts to have watched it. This was to disprove the hosts' claim that they did not receive a copy of the film.[37]

At the end of the film, Jaye states that she no longer identifies as a feminist,[35] saying that she now believes that "feminism is not the road to gender equality". Although she no longer calls herself a feminist, she has stated that she is "still an advocate of women's rights and always will be" but is now "adding men to the discussion."[26]



Personal life[edit]

Jaye is engaged to Evan Davies who also worked as director of photography on the Red Pill.[45]


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  2. ^ "Feminist filmmaker faces backlash over men's rights documentary". Women in the World. 11 November 2015.
  3. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (13 September 2012). "Making a Case for Same-Sex Marriage". New York Times.
  4. ^ "Filmmaker's 'The Red Pill' a bitter one for feminists to swallow".
  5. ^ Schwartz, Don (Aug 21, 2011). "Cassie Jaye: A Filmmaker Births Herself". CineSource. Archived from the original on September 24, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "What makes a feminist create a film on MRAs?". The Daily Dot. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  7. ^ a b Seltzer, Sarah (November 10, 2010). "Daddy I Do: "Purity" World is Tough for Women". Rewire.
  8. ^ Antunes, Marina (May 10, 2010). "Review:Daddy I Do". Row Three.
  9. ^ "Exposed: The Gift of Virginity and Purity Balls". Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  10. ^ "A Strategy to Change Minds: Focus on the Gay Family". The Advocate. November 8, 2011.
  11. ^ "We live to love & we love us an olive". The Bay Area Reporter. February 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "Zach Wahls Has a Confession to Make to Gay Activists in San Francisco". GayCities. January 27, 2012.
  13. ^ "Histories of Acting Up: Frameline at 36". International Documentary Association. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  14. ^ a b DeFore, John (November 2, 2016). "'The Red Pill' Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ a b Arndt, Bettina (29 October 2016). "Cassie Jaye's Red Pill too truthful for feminists to tolerate". The Australian. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  16. ^ Daubney, Martin (12 November 2015). "The Red Pill: the movie about men that feminists didn't want you to see". Telegraph. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  17. ^ a b c d Liberatore, Paul (November 8, 2016). "Bay Area filmmaker's new film, 'The Red Pill,' is a bitter one for feminists to swallow". Mercury News.
  18. ^ Hunt, Elle (October 26, 2016). "The Red Pill: Melbourne cinema drops men's rights film after feminist backlash". The Guardian.
  19. ^ a b c d Scott, Catherine (November 10, 2015). "Meet the feminist who is making a film about the men's rights movement". The Daily Dot.
  20. ^ "Why Australian Men's Rights Activists Had Their Bullshit Documentary Banned". Vice. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  21. ^ a b Lee, Benjamin (11 November 2015). "Feminist film-maker criticised for making 'balanced' men's rights documentary". The Guardian.
  22. ^ Daubney, Martin (November 12, 2015). "The Red Pill: the movie about men that feminists didn't want you to see". The Telegraph.
  23. ^ a b c Gillespie, Katherine (26 October 2016). "Why Australian Men's Rights Activists Had Their Bullshit Documentary Banned". Vice.
  24. ^ Lee, Benjamin (November 11, 2015). "Feminist film-maker criticised for making 'balanced' men's rights documentary". The Guardian.
  25. ^ "Feminist filmmaker faces backlash over men's rights documentary". The New York Times. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  26. ^ a b Chaplain, Chloe (1 December 2016). "Feminist filmmaker: women's rights are now silencing men". Evening Standard.
  27. ^ Mahoney, Neve (1 October 2016). "Men's rights activists need to take a chill pill". Eureka Street. 26 (21).
  28. ^ "Queensland police asked to investigate threats of violence ahead of movie screening". Courier Mail. 3 January 2017.(subscription required)
  29. ^ Bolt, Andrew (8 Jun 2017). "Red Pill Screening Stopped: You may not watch". Herald Sun.
  30. ^ Bolt, Andrew (9 Jun 2017). "The Red Pill: US 'former feminist' Cassie Jaye stuns Project panel with men's rights spiel". The New Daily.
  31. ^ "The Red Pill: The film feminists don't want you to watch". ABC Radio Brisbane. 8 Jun 2017.
  32. ^ Jepsen, Belinda (8 June 2017). "Director of "anti-feminist" documentary leaves The Project panel in stunned silence". Mamamia.
  33. ^ "Red Pill director Cassie Jaye pulls out of Hack Live special on male privilege". ABC. 20 June 2017.
  34. ^ Coy, Bronte (10 June 2017). "'That's the lesson you took from that?!'".
  35. ^ a b c Callaghan, Greg (29 July 2017). "Cassie Jaye's film on the men's rights movement shocked Australia. Why?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media.
  36. ^ "Men's rights film banned in Australia". Sunrise.
  37. ^ Chung, Frank (15 June 2017). "Seven forces Facebook to remove Sunrise interview with The Red Pill director Cassie Jaye". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  38. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2012-08-06). "The Right to Love: An American Family". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  39. ^ "Official Action on Film 2010 Award Winners and 1st Runner Upsin the categories ofFilm, Video, Documentary, Experimental and Animation" (PDF). From: AOF Action On Film Festival, Awards And Nominations. Jul 30, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 20, 2017.
  40. ^ "Cassie Jaye returns to film fest" (PDF). Idyllwild Town Crier. Dec 19, 2013. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-10-20. In 2010, Jaye's film, "Daddy I Do," premiered at the IIFC and was awarded Best Documentary.
  41. ^ "Action On Film 2012 Official Award Nominated Films" (PDF). AOF Action On Film - Results. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 20, 2017.
  42. ^ "Award Winners of LIFF 2017 – The Louisiana International Film Festival". Louisiana International Film Festival. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  43. ^ "Awards – IIFC 2017". Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema. Archived from the original on October 20, 2017.
  44. ^ Callaghan, Greg (28 July 2017). "Cassie Jaye's film on the men's rights movement shocked Australia. Why?". Sydney Morning Herald. Jaye, who won a Women in Film award for The Red Pill at the Hollywood DigiFest festival
  45. ^ "How to Lead Under Stress: Filmmaker Cassie Jaye". 30 November 2017.

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