Presented by New York Women in Film & Television
Followed by a reception hosted by NYWIFT, Tangerine Entertainment & UPWIFT.
A panel of industry veterans will discuss the lack of opportunities for women directors in film and television and some of the steps that are being taken to address this situation, including the ACLU's recent letter to the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other agencies demanding an investigation of the entertainment industry for its systematic discrimination against women directors. Other projects and ideas for interventions will be discussed.
The panel will include:
A representative from the ACLU, who will discuss their letters to two federal and one state agency demanding an investigation of the film industry for their systematic discrimination against women directors.
Rachel Watanabe-Batton got her start in creative development with maverick producer Paula Weinstein, assisting acclaimed director Peter Weir, and producing indie films between music video gigs at Propaganda Films in LA. She co-founded the production company Department of Film at Goldcrest with Nick Quested, producing hit videos with hip-hop artists like Nas and PDiddy. Rachel continues to make films, commercials and television, and has created content for PBS, Martha Stewart, BET, HBO, Discovery, and more. Rachel is currently producing a documentary with acclaimed director Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) about writer, chef, actress, broadcast and radio host, Vertamae Grosvenor entitled Travel Notes of A Geechee Girl. She is developing a series set in period New Orleans, and a trans-media project, The Un-Americans, focusing on her multi-ethnic family and the impact of war, progressive politics, race, religion, sexual identity, back-to-earth movements and migration. She serves as Vice Chair of Producers Guild of America East, Chair of PGA Diversity and co-Chair of PGA Women's Impact Network. PGA WIN's newly released The Ms. Factor Toolkit, helps make the economic case for female-driven content, and is available to all at: http://www.producersguild.org/news/news.asp?id=251452
Anne Hubbell is a 20-year industry veteran and currently serves on the boards of New York Women in Film & Television, the New York Production Alliance, and Rooftop Films, and is a member of the Producer's Guild of America. She is also Kodak's North American Account Manager for Motion Picture Film. As a freelance producer and consultant, Hubbell worked on film and TV productions and not-for-profit media and arts events. This year via Tangerine Entertainment, which she co-founded along with Amy Hobby, Hubbell produced three features to be released in 2016.
After many years in front of the camera acting for the likes of Brian DePalma, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Craven, Robert Rodriquez, among many others, Rose McGowan has turned her eye to directing. She premiered her directorial debut, the short film, Dawn at the Sundance Film Festival. It garnered not only critical praise, but a Grand Jury Prize nomination and qualified for the Academy Awards. McGowan is now preparing for her feature length debut.
Leah Meyerhoff is an award winning filmmaker whose debut narrative feature I Believe in Unicorns was released theatrically in 2015, after premiering at SXSW, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from Woodstock Film Festival and more. Meyerhoff's previous work has screened in over 200 film festivals and aired on IFC, PBS, LOGO, and MTV. Meyerhoff is also the founder of Film Fatales, a female filmmaker collective based in New York with over a dozen local chapters around the world.
Alexis Alexanian, president of production at Locomotive, is an independent producer with over 20 years experience in the motion picture industry. Her credits include Richard Linklater's Tape, Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls, Rebecca Miller's Independent Spirit Award-winner Personal Velocity, Gary Winick's Tadpole, Peter Hedges's Pieces of April, and Ethan Hawke'sThe Hottest State. Alexis also produced the international television series Long Way Round, (BRAVO, SKY), starring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. She is currently in production on the new feature film Look Away, starring Aidan Turner, Chloe Sevigny and Matthew Broderick.