Perseverance: Women in the Industry
Despite a couple of producer or co-producer credits on films like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, American Hustle, and Her; and Frozen being co-directed by Jennifer Lee, 2013 marked a dismal year for women in behind-the-scenes jobs on the top 250 grossing movies. A recent survey found that women comprised only 16% of the directors, writers, producers, editors, and cinematographers—that’s actually lower than it was in 1998. And only 6% of the top films last year were directed by women, down from 9%. It’s considerably better in the indie film world, but breaking into the biz is tough for anyone. What are the unique challenges facing women today as they try to crack the “Celluloid Ceiling?” A stellar panel of female visionaries will share their personal experiences and what it means to be a successful woman working in movies today. Panelists include Meira Blaustein, filmmaker/Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival; Kim Kalyka, Director of Exhibitor Relations at IFC Films; Leah Meyerhoff, director of I Believe in Unicorns; Debra McClutchy, VP of Home Entertainment Production & Creative at Oscilloscope Pictures; and producer Andrea Roa (Drinking Buddies), a 2014 Independent Spirit "Producer of the Year" award nominee. Maylen Dominguez, Program Manager, Film Production MFA, Full Sail University, will moderate.