Kleinert James Art Center WOODSTOCK 10/13/2018, 12:00PM
2018 has seen the #MeToo campaign turn into a powerful movement, empowering women from all walks of life. 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,as they discuss the pitfalls and successes of their respective careers' trajectory and illuminate what has changed and what remains the same.
Allison Dunne is host and producer of NPR-affiliate WAMC Northeast Public Radio's 51%, a weekly show about women's issues that is carried on some 100 public and commercial stations across the country. The show is from WAMC's National Productions division. Allison, an award-winning reporter, has spent the better part of the last 17 years as Hudson Valley Bureau Chief at WAMC. She holds a bachelors in broadcast journalism from Boston University and pursued her Master's in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She began her journalism career in print, in financial journalism in New York City, including serving as the Latin American reporter for financial publications.
Blair Breard is a New York based producer. She started her career in film on John Sayles' Passion Fish and has worked on a number of films with a variety of directors since then, including I Shot Andy Warhol, Indie cult favorite Pootie Tang, the critically acclaimed Margaret, and Margot at the Wedding. Breard executive produced The Drop, Baskets, Better Things, Strangers, and the award-winning comedy series Louie, for FX. Her company Bossy Boots has a first look deal with FX, recently sold a pilot to Showtime and has several other projects in development.
Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, producer, and activist based in New York City. She is in post-production on her second feature, Bite Me), which she wrote and starred in. Her first feature, which she also wrote, produced and starred in, was the twelve-time award-winning Imagine I'm Beautiful. Her pilot The Dark Pieces, is in development for TV in Canada. A thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema, her virally sensational TEDTalk, What it's Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, has been viewed over 1 million times. She is the founder and Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a venture capital fund dedicated to financing films by women and is currently writing a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the Gods of Hollywood.
Ryan Elizabeth Cunningham is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer. Select TV producing
credits include Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City (Comedy Central), Louie (FX); Search
Party and The Last O.G. (TBS); Strangers
(Facebook); Horace and Pete (Hulu); The Electric Company (PBS), as well as several prominent stand-up specials for Netflix and HBO. Her film credits include Keep the Change, starring the first leading cast on the autism spectrum; Becks, winner of the US Fiction Prize at the LA Film Festival 2017; and the ill-fated I
Love You, Daddy, directed by Louis C.K. Ryan recently launched the development company Running Woman with the goal to tell stories that haven't been heard before. She's also co-owned the NYC-based post-production house Running Man for the last decade.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an
annual program and year-round schedule of film, music,
and art-related activities that promote artists, culture,
inspired learning, and diversity. The Hudson Valley Film
Commission promotes sustainable economic development
by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.