Sunday, 5 November, 10:30 a.m.
We now know that Hollywood is fraught with gender inequity and discrimination for actors, filmmakers, and executives too. We also know that employment justice for women, fair pay, and the right to work in entrenched male-dominated systems, is what we want. But what about the stories we tell? American made media, film and television made in Hollywood, also tells predominately male stories that perpetuate female stereotypes and often reduces and victimizes female characters. Statistics prove that when media is female made, when the stories are told and created by women, the percentages of enlightened female characters emerge, female characters are empowered, and the effect of watching these films has an effect around the world. If we want a more progressive, enlightened world, if we strive for peace and equity, then having women write, direct, and shoot film is an imperative that will change the world. Media is our most powerful propaganda, so let’s do it right!
Rachel Feldman, currently in development as co-writer and director on FAIR FIGHT, her Athena List winning feature about Fair Pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, for producers Double Nickel Entertainment.
Iram Parveen Bilal, a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker who just directed her 7th film, Extinction, a dystopian future where the #MuslimBan is taken to its extreme.
Alicia Malone, film reporter, commentator and obsessive movie geek, currently creator and host of Fandango’s weekly show, Indie Movie Guide, and a host on FilmStruck.
Katherine Pieper, a research scientist who received her Ph.D. in Communication from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and who collaborated on research focused on employment patterns in film and television.
Monique Nash, currently the Head of Creative Affairs for Kronicle Media, which she co-founded with Korin D. Huggins to create content for and about women from diverse perspectives.