2016 is a breakthrough year for women. The U.S. is witnessing the first female presidential candidate for a major party and, in film, two women will be directing high-budget pictures (Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman and Ava DuVernay, A Wrinkle in Time). With seemingly more women gaining a foothold in a film industry traditionally dominated by men, what is the future likely to hold? Are we finally heading towards gender equality in the entertainment and film world or are we still embedded in the status quo? Hear from some of the women who began their film careers long before it was conventional, illuminating what has changed and what remains the same.
Panelists: (listed alphabetically) Bette Gordon is a director and independent filmmaker best known for her film Variety (1984), a beautifully seductive film about voyeurism and pornography. Luminous in Motion (2000) was produced by Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman and stars Deborah Kara Unger in a breathtaking performance. Handsome Harry (2010) opened to rave reviews and features a stellar ensemble cast, including Steve Buscemi, Titus Welliver, Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott, Jamey Sheridan. Gordon's films have been shown in international festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, and Toronto. She has been the subject of retrospectives at IFC Cinema, Anthology Film Archives and The Walker Art Center.
Catherine Hardwicke's first film as a director was the critically-acclaimed Thirteen, which won the Director's Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and awards at numerous other international film festivals. She has since become best known as the director of Twilight, which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, The Twilight Saga. Hardwicke previously worked as a production designer on films directed by Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Cameron Crowe, and Lisa Cholodenko. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin and did graduate work in animation at UCLA Film School. In the last two years, Hardwicke has dived into the world of television, directing episodes for AMC and pilots for CBS, MTV and USA, all of which went to series. Her most recent film, Miss You Already, stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, and Jacqueline Bisset.
Amber Tamblyn is a writer, director and actress from Los Angeles. She has received an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in television and film. In television, Tamblyn starred in the cult classic drama Joan of Arcadia, as well as House M.D.. Her feature film work includes The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 127 Hours, Django Unchained, and the critically lauded Stephanie Daley, opposite Tilda Swinton. Tamblyn is the author of three books of poetry and prose: Free Stallion (Simon & Schuster), Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press) and most recently, the acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler (Harper Perennial), which explores the lives and deaths of child star actresses and features artwork from such luminaries as Marilyn Manson and David Lynch, among others.
Moderator: Thelma Adams is a novelist and leading New York-based film critic who chaired the New York Film Critics Circle twice during her 19-year tenure. Her second novel, The Last Woman Standing: A Novel of Mrs. Wyatt Earp, is a Kindle bestseller. She writes a weekly wide-ranging cultural column for the New York Observer and reviews films for ZEALnyc.com. Previously, she covered the Oscars for Yahoo! Movies for three seasons, interviewing celebrities from Julianne Moore to Joaquin Phoenix to Oprah Winfrey. She was the film critic at Us Weekly (2000 8 2011) and the New York Post (1993 8 2000).
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