On Monday Night, we held our monthly Speaker Series at the West Hollywood Library. This month's topic was "Breaking the Oscars Mold," and reporter Rebecca Sun spoke with Hollywood Producers — Oscar winners Blye Pagon Faust & Nicole Rocklin and Oscar nominee Bonnie Arnold about their road to The Oscars.
At one point, Blye mentioned how women tend to be more prepared and methodical in their approach to producing. She was careful to discuss this with the caveat that her statement was a generalization — meaning you can't accurately essentialize a group of people in this way. What Rebecca said next was really interesting to me: she suggested that female producers tend to be more prepared not because women are "naturally" that way, but because an industry that ignores them forces them to go that extra mile.
She went on to quote the idea that men are hired on their potential whereas women are hired on their experience, and to talk about how "identifying those perception gaps really can help you in getting through those hiring barriers." I found the conversation really helpful in illustrating not only how these problems are systemic, but where in the system they happen. Locating these things, hopefully, will help us to resolve them.
By the end of the panel, I was struck by both the tenacity and the thoughtfulness of our panelists and moderator. In order to get to where they are now, they had to fight the culturally-taught urge for women to remain quiet, especially when it came to issues that men don't think about without prompting (like maternity leave). They also suggested that lately, people are taking note of the value of multiple perspectives. I look forward to the day when women are asked what they think, rather than having to fight just to be heard.
All the best,
Women In Film
Last week’s Women In Film Newsletter celebrated four of the women behind the camera on Black Panther (Victoria Alonso, Rachel Morrison, Hannah Beachler and Ruth E. Carter) and we know that there are many more! Congrats to all of the women who worked on the film — especially the department heads: Debbie Berman (Editor), Lisa Beroud (VFX Producer), Danielle Costa (VP, Visual Effects at Marvel Studios), Helen Pollak (Unit Production Manager), Nancy Valle (Post Production Supervisor), Camille Friend (Department Head - Hair), Lisa Satriano (1st Assistant Director) and Sarah Finn (Casting Director), who served on the Women In Film Board from 2011-2013. Research has shown that when women are in leadership roles there are more women hired overall — getting us closer to the ultimate goal of gender parity.
She Leads | Showcase and Conversation 3/8
On March 8th, 2018 WeWork celebrates International Women's Day by launching their She Leads platform. It focuses on the advancement of gender equality in the workplace by supporting women at any level to break through their own glass ceiling. All WIF members are invited.
WIF’s digital series, Flip the Script will be joining the celebration. Join us at WeWork starting at 6:30pm to 8:30pm for an evening of laughs and thought provoking conversation. Panelists including women leaders in film, tech and media to be announced soon! Catch the first four episodes of Flip the Script and stay for cocktails and bites during our Q&A moderated by Ally Iseman.
You probably know WeWork -- they provide beautiful, creative workspace for teams of 1 to 1000+ worldwide. And beyond physical space, WeWork helps people connect with one another, empowering their members to do what they love, day in and day out.
Women's Day Celebration at The Wiltern: Women in Sports Panel Discussion + BATTLE OF THE SEXES 3/8
Our friends at The Wiltern theatre are inviting us to join them in celebrating women and diversity on International Women’s Day, Thursday March 8! It’ll be a panel discussion + movie screening of BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017).
To redeem discounted tickets, please click here and use code WIF
Panel Discussion: The Role of Women in Sports, Yesterday and Today (7:30PM) Panelists will discuss the issue of achieving equality for women in sport and how their role has changed since the 1970s.
Screening: BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017) – A film by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (9:00PM)
Join us on Women’s Day to watch a true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
Oscar Viewing Party | Complimentary Tickets for WIF Members
Join Fuel and Media Inc Magazine to celebrate our annual OSCAR soirée for a full evening of entertainment and industry collaboration. Dress to reflect the best of YOU! Black tie and cocktail recommended. Arrive to network with leading artists and collaborators in the Film, TV, New Media + Music space!
We are honored to celebrate the achievements of Women In Film in attendance and actively contribute each year to the Children's Miracle Network.
Ranging from Dorothy Arzner's Depression-era WORKING GIRLS (1931) to Cindy Sherman's cult comedy-horror flick OFFICE KILLER (1997), the UCLA Film & Television Archive's screening series "Working Girls: America's Career Women on Screen" offers a glimpse into a wide spectrum of women's experiences in the workplace as depicted on screen. Screenings that highlight employment and its impact on social life, frustrations, failures, and triumphs run through March 24, 2018 at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village. Admission is FREE to WIF Members, who are welcome to bring one guest. Tickets can be claimed at the box office beginning at 6:30pm the night of each screening. Full schedule at cinema.ucla.edu.
Any date February 14 - March 23, 2018 inclusive. Series finale is March 24, 2018.