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 critic for “Us Weekly,” has twice served as the New York Film Critics Circle Chair. She has written for “The New York Times,” “The New York Post,” “O: The Oprah Magazine,” “Marie Claire,” “The Huffington Post,” “Interview,” and “More.” She has appeared on CNN, E!, NBC’s “The Today Show,” among many others. In 1993, Adams earned an MFA from Columbia University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 1981.
Pamela Koffler is a New York based independent producer, who along with Christine Vachon, co-founded Killer Films in 1995. Her past credits include “Office Killer,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “The Grey Zone,” “One Hour Photo,” “Camp,” “The Company,” “The Notorious Bettie Page,” “Savage Grace” and “Then She Found Me."
Katherine Dieckmann’s third feature film as writer-director, "Motherhood," stars Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver. She also directed "Diggers" (2007), wrote and directed "A Good Baby" (2000), and was the originating director on Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking live action children’s serial, “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” Dieckmann is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, where she teaches screenwriting.
Barbara Hammer is a visual artist working primarily in film and video. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema; her experimental films of the 1970's often dealt with taboo subjects such as menstruation, female orgasm and lesbian sexuality. In the 80's she used optical printing to explore perception and the fragility of 16mm film life itself. Her documentaries tell the stories of marginalized peoples. She teaches each summer at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Signe Baumane was born in Latvia, educated in Moscow, and lives in New York. In 1996, Baumane began working with Bill Plympton, learning about how an independent animation studio works before beginning to produce films on her own. Her interest in promoting her own and other independent animators' work extends into collaboration with festival programmers, such as New York Exposition of Short Film and Video, Florida Film Festival, Red Bank International Film Festival, and Woodstock Film Festival. She has initiated and curated numbers of independent animation programs and is in the organizing core of Square Footage Films.
Woodstock Film Festival panels are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Academy Foundation