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Utopia Studios
10/04/2008, 10:00AM
$ 15

Women in the film industry continue to carve a strong and meaningful path in a world that used to be traditionally dominated by men. With more women sitting in the Director's Chair and holding top positions as executives, producers and administrators, has the balance finally shifted to a point of equality? Join us as a diverse group of powerful women discuss their work and the state of the film industry, from the woman's perspective.

Thelma Adams, Film & DVD critic currently writes film reviews for US Weekly and contributes regularly to a plethora of publications, including The Independent, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post and Indie Magazine.

Maggie Renzi has acted in several of John Sayles' films and for him produced Lianna, The Brother From Another Planet, Matewan, City of Hope, Passion Fish, The Secret of Roan Inish, Lone Star, Men with Guns, Limbo, Sunshine State, and Silver City. Other projects include Alejandro Springall's Jewish/Mexican movie My Mexican Shiver and Sayles' Honeydripper.

Rita Taggart has been described as a genuine unstoppable life force. She began working in San Francisco in the late 60s with Project Artaud, The Julien Theatre and Comedia Del Arte. After completing her BA degree at San Francisco State College, Rita moved to Los Angeles and joined the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop. There she had the opportunity to work with John Ritter, Robin Williams and Phil Foster. She then got her first union job on the television series Rhoda and her first film job in Straight Time. Since then she has had roles in Almost Grown, Northern Exposure, Weeds and Coach. She most enjoyed her role in Coming Home as well as working on Haskell Wexler's documentary Who Needs Sleep?

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award¨ winning filmmaker for the documentaries Harlan County, USA and American Dream. Her other films include Shut Up and Sing, Havoc, A Conversation with Gregory Peck, My Generation, Wild Man Blues, Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, among many more. Barbara is the recipient of the DGA Award for Outstanding Direction, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, the SilverDocs / Charles Guggenheim Award, New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award, the Maya Deren Independent Film and Video Award and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Filmmakers Trophy & Audience Award. The Paley Center for Media has named Barbara a 2007 "She Made It" honoree."

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