It was a luncheon and panel Q&A toasting Amy Holden Jones (Screenwriter / Director / Producer), Nancy Schreiber (Cinematographer), Kira Kelly (Cinematographer), and Germaine Franco (Composer).
There were also special guests on hand to toast these amazing women. Five-time Academy Award nominee for Best Cinematography, Caleb Deschanel toasted Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber. Kimberley Browning, Founder of Hollywood Shorts, Advisory Board Member of Women in Media, and Executive Producer of HBO Access, toasted Cinematographer Kira Kelly. Score Production Supervisor known for her work on Kung Fu Panda 3 and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Charlene Huang toasted Composer Germaine Franco. Actress Deborah DeLiso, known for her work on The Slumber Party Massacre (1982), toasted Amy Holden Jones via a personal message.
Tema Staig, Executive Director of Women in Media states, "This year, we found our power through telling our stories of assault and normalized gender discrimination. The only thing shocking about these stories was that no one was shocked. The only thing that actually surprised most women is that people were finally LISTENING. I’m very proud of the work Women in Media has done to forward inclusion in the crew. Since our first event in 2010, we’ve been supporting women and folks who believe in balance on set with networking events, technical classes, panels, and screenings of films by women directors of historical significance. Women in our industry have to be twice as good to get half the respect. We are held to a different standard and we are never allowed to fail. Yet another reason to honor these four women today. They are damn good at what they do.”
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About Women in Media: Women In Media is a 501(c)(3) that encourages gender balance in film and entertainment industries by providing networking, professional development, and advocacy for above and below the line women and all genders who love making movies with them. Women In Media is an intersectional group of women and woman identifying crew members in the film, television, and new media industries. They are known for their female crew list. For more information on Women In Media, please go to http://www.womennmedia.com.
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*Photos by Ashly Covington.