Here’s a report from the Women in Film panel that happened at the American Pavillion yesterday. The panel was moderated by Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood and included: Arianna Bocco (IFC Films), Dina Kuperstock (CAA), Adele Romanski (Producer, “The Myth of the American Sleepover”), Andrea Sperling (Producer, “Kaboom”), attorney Linda Lichter, and Lynette Howell (Producer, “Blue Valentine”)
Here’s the IndieWIRE report written by Caitlin Nascher:
There was some disagreement over the hardships women do and don’t face in the film industry. Independent producers Lynette Howell and Andrea Sperling didn’t feel that their gender had held them back in any way; Howell believed that gender too often can be used as an excuse for women who aren’t successful, although she acknowledged that women in other aspects of the industry face more problems. Bocco stated that she encountered a definite “boys club” atmosphere, but wouldn’t say that gender specifically had a negative impact on her career. Dina Kuperstock agreed that she hasn’t had the same struggles as previous generations, stating “I’m very aware of the fact that I’m fortunate.” Lichter, an attorney who started her own firm because of discrimination she had encountered, said that she was only the second woman hired at the 40-year-old firm where she’d gotten her start.
All of the panelists agreed that the industry has come a long way since then, but most were careful to emphasize that there is still a long way to go before equality is fully reached, and that women in the industry need to be more supportive of one another, and mentor the younger generations to prepare them for future challenges.
I’d love to get other reports from people who attended. Was anyone reading this there? Want to write a piece about it? Get in touch.
Cannes Day 6: Minute by Minute (IndieWIRE)