Women in Film Panel at Cannes

by Melissa Silverstein on May 18, 2010

in Events,Festivals

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)

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Marilyn Ferdinand May 18, 2010 at 1:09 PM

It’s hard for me to believe that we’ve come a long way when things were so much better for women in the 1920s and 30s. I don’t think these women have looked at the entire history of women in motion pictures.

female film maker May 18, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Lynette Howell and Andrea Sperling remind me of African American, Gay Republicans…makes you go hrrrrmmmm?

Women, get your heads out of the sand. If you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Until you (Lynette Howell and Andrea Sperling) and others like you consciously choose to hire women and other minorities from a particular skill set, sexism thrives on set, in the crew. Not everyone gets to start out at or near the top of the totem pole. Not everyone won the parent lottery. Some of us work our way up to Producer or Director from intern and P.A.. We encounter sexism from that very 1st position. There are not as many women advancing in the ranks and those who are generally do not advance as quickly as the boys.
You don’t have to believe it, it’s fricken true, too many of us have lived it. Your choice to be ignorant on this matter is disgusting.

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