Marielle Heller accepts the inaugural Moms-in-Film award at the Players in New York on April 18, 2017

“It does feel like our personal feminist fight right now. Now it’s time to say: this is hard. Juggling this is hard. I talk about it as much as I can. I’m glad you’re noticing. (…) I do talk about what it means to be a mom and to be a director, and to be finding other people who are trying to do the same thing. How difficult that is. And how do we bring these parts of ourselves back together – these two halves of ourselves – the creative half that means so much to me and that’s been there my whole life, and the mother self which is so new. (…) And I think it’s really amazing that everybody here is wanting to honor these two parts of ourselves and how they work together. And I love having kids here while we’re talking about all this stuff, and that nobody’s annoyed by that. It’s really important. I want more kids on set. The more we talk about this the more we will change the face of things. This isn’t something we have to hide.”