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Are Men Strong Enough to Compete with Women in Hollywood?

  • Center for Contemporary Arts 1050 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM, 87505 United States (map)

Join us for a fascinating evening where prominent locals in the film community engage in a provocative exchange of ideas concerning the status of women in the film and television industry. The goal of the panel is to introduce the topic of gender disparity in film and to explore thinking on women directing women vs men directing women, women writing for women vs. men writing for women, and other timely topics.

The evening will begin with an Hors d’Oeuvres Reception. The panel will be introduced by Eric Witt, Executive Director, Santa Fe Film Office, who will describe his new role and the status of women in film in New Mexico.

Janet Davidson, Director and Panel Moderator, will discuss the challenges faced by women in film and offer statistics and examples to stimulate discussion.

Lisa Lucas, Producer, will speak to the challenges she experiences as a Producer and as a teacher to female students of film.

Kirk Ellis, Writer, will address the number of women writers in the industry, potential backlash of women playing iconic male roles, such as Ghostbusters and the success of “women's” movies.

Debrianna Mansini, Actor and Writer, will comment on ageism regarding women in film, available roles for women, how women differ from men as directors of women, and other topics from her perspective.

The audience will have an opportunity to learn how the film industry works, particularly in New Mexico, to listen to a variety of views, and engage in conversation with the panelists afterwards. This promises to be an educational and stimulating evening with Santa Fe filmmakers!

Questions? Contact Maureen Vosburgh or Barbara Bloomberg

Registration $35 per person.
Participation is limited due to space limitations.
Register Early! This event will sell out.
Registration deadline Sunday, Oct 23.

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Earlier Event: October 23
Lew Watts Reading and Book Signing
Later Event: October 27
Winning the Future