SXSW: Parents in Film & TV
Moms-in-Film shared some of our research and resources at a SXSW meetup. We discussed the ways parenthood intersects with gender equality and ageism at this official event for parents, prospective parents, and allies. Participants also shared their successes and how they overcame challenges in their own lives.
At SXSW in Austin, TX on March 11th, 2018
Motherhood & Filmmaking Panel with NYWIFT
We co-hosted a panel on Motherhood & Filmmaking at Neue House with New York Women in Film & Television. We talked about mom guilt, how some women won't admit they are moms due to the fear of being seen as a liability, and how socio-economic status affects motherhood in our industry. A much needed conversation, including personal insights by panelists Squeaky Moore, Emelyn Stuart, and Amy Fox
At Neue House, NYC on November 16, 2017
Inaugural MiF award ceremony and one-year anniversary celebration
A celebration for parent-filmmakers and their supporters, honoring Marielle Heller, with speeches by Emily Bergl and David Paterson and entertainment by Kat Cunning. The award is a sculpture by Barbara Lubliner titled "Mother and Child."
At the Players, NYC on April 18, 2017
SXSW panel: Parenthood & Filmmaking
A lively conversation with producer David Hartstein, cinematographer Amy Bench, and Moms-in-Film duo Mathilde Dratwa and Christy Lamb. Watch the video.
At SXSW in Austin, TX on March 13, 2017
In Conversation: Gillian Robespierre
Gillian Robespierre is a filmmaker born and raised in New York City. Her first feature, OBVIOUS CHILD (A24) premiered at Sundance in 2014. The film got a nod for the year's "Best Discovery" on iTunes and Ms. Robespierre won Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review. Her second feature LANDLINE, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Amazon Studios in July of 2017. She has directed episodes of CASUAL, a Hulu original television series as well as episodes of HBO's SILICON VALLEY and CRASHING. Gillian currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two year old daughter.
At the Players Club on May 22, 2018
In Conversation: Michèle Stephenson
Michèle is a powerhouse. Parent, artist and activist, she fuels each of her roles with passion, acuity of vision and discernment. We watched excerpts of her films and talked about her experience documenting her own family life as her sons were growing up, her experience dealing with race within the educational system in New York City, and the ways in which she structures her work in order to remain present for her family. Listen to the highlights in our 40-minute podcast "There is power in exposing our vulnerabilities."
At InterfaceNYC on January 9, 2017
In Conversation: Jamie Zelermyer
Jamie discussed her career trajectory and the impact that her two sons have had on her work. From Focus Features to the board of NYWIFT, motherhood has created opportunities for Jamie to pursue non-traditional film opportunities. She discusses her exciting upcoming projects and her belief in the value of mentorship. Listen to the highlights in our 20-minute podcast, "Only you can find that balance."
At The Women's Lab, Center for Social Innovation on September 20, 2016
In Conversation: Brooke Berman and Elissa Strauss
Brooke and Elissa answered our questions and discussed the challenges facing mothers in the industry, the representation of motherhood in film and television, the need to politicize childcare, and the pitching process. Listen to the highlights in our 30-minute podcast, "Let's be an army."
At InterfaceNYC on June 21, 2016
Rachel Morrison at Soho House West Hollywood
The first female cinematographer to be nominated for an Oscar talks about her work on Dope, Fruitvale Station, Mudbound, and Black Panther. She drew our largest crowd to date, but if you weren't among them, you can listen to highlights in our podcast, "In Conversation With Oscar Nominee Rachel Morrison"
Jennifer Dehghan at Collab&Play
Production Designer and Art Director Jennifer Dehghan talks feminism and motherhood. She shares insights from all the film sets she's been on, including most recently Sofia Coppola's THE BEGUILED. Did you miss it? Don't worry, the highlights are available in our 45-minute podcast "Working on the Beguiled 'was really like a merging of family and work'"
Sarah Solemani at Collab&Play
Sarah Solemani, BAFTA winning actress, stops by to discuss her transatlantic career and her experience as a mother and a creative force. She tells her story using her unique, intimate, honest, and often irreverent voice, talking about the kind of mother she is (and wants to be) and what it's like to often find herself working as the only female in a boy's club. Listen to the highlights in our 45-minute podcast "The idea it's okay to be a mom and filmmaker is revolutionary"
Keirda Bahruth at Collab&Play
Keirda Bahruth stops by Collab&Play in LA to discuss her three films and the continuing struggle to define her identity as both a parent and filmmaker. Listen to the highlights in our 30-minute podcast "Mom-filmmaker or Filmmaker-mom?"
Sachi Cunningham at SF meetup
A brutally honest conversation with Sachi Cunningham that didn't shy away from any taboo topics. Listen to her talk about motherhood, mental illness, cancer, and surfing in our podcast "Take That Job When You're 4 Months Pregnant!"
First SF meetup
At the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's first meetup, members had an opportunity to meet, share and organize.
San Francisco's meetups take place on the last Sunday of every month from 2pm-5pm.
To join, all you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, our events are free, and children are always welcome.