HALF THE PICTURE
January 16, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion's OUR VOICES Series, USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, Gravitas Ventures, and Kanopy, invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of
Half the Picture
Directed by Amy Adrion
Produced by Amy Adrion and David Harris
Followed by a Q&A with Amy Adrion,
Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves, Queen Sugar),
and Melissa Goodman, Director of Advocacy/Legal Director
at the ACLU of Southern California
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2018;
SXSW Film Festival 2018.
Presented as part of USC's 3rd Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awareness Week, January 14-19, 2019.
View the DEI Awareness Week calendar @: https://calendar.usc.edu/diversity
About Half the Picture
Half the Picture consists of interviews with high profile women directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July, among many others, who discuss their early careers, how they transitioned to studio films or television, how they balance having a demanding directing career with family, as well as challenges and joys along the way.
Half the Picture also includes interviews with experts about gender inequality in Hollywood including the ACLU’s Melissa Goodman, Sundance Institute’s Caroline Libresco, Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan, USC’s Dr. Stacy Smith and San Diego State University’s Dr. Martha Lauzen, who establish the magnitude of this employment discrimination issue as women are shut out, across the board, of an industry that systemically denies their expression and point of view.
Provided courtesy of Kanopy and Gravitas Ventures. Not rated. Running time: 94 minutes.
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For many years the discouraging statistics about women directors in film and television have been known, but a confluence of social media outrage, increased study and statistics, and a growing willingness of prominent women in the industry to call out the powerful forces working against them, have resulted in what some have termed a “genderquake moment.” That environment, coupled with the activism of a handful of fearless women directors frustrated by the lack of accountability in their industry, resulted in the ACLU’s 18 month long investigation into gender discrimination in the hiring of directors, the findings of which prompted the US Department of Justice’s EEOC investigation that began in October 2015, bringing powerful players into the fight for equal opportunity.
HALF THE PICTURE seeks to document this unique time in our industry where systemic change seems possible and asks the question, unlike previous efforts to address gender inequality in Hollywood, will this time be different?
Not only is the issue of women directors an employment discrimination civil rights issue, the larger cultural relevance of HALF THE PICTURE lies in the fact that when you only have a small sliver of the populace telling our collective stories, in this case overwhelmingly white men who make up 31% of the population but direct 85-95% of our media, many stories are left untold. Further, studies show that when women direct, the numbers and characterization of women and men onscreen is affected as well.
Directors working behind the camera have a significant impact on the creation of this country’s main export around the world, our media, which give us powerful examples and social clues about who gets to be the hero, who gets to take up space, have a voice, be an active participant in the stories around them - and who does not. These images, when repeated throughout media, have ripple effects in the lives of real people around the world.
I have been aware of women’s marginalization in media and the need for greater support of women’s voices my entire adult life. My graduate films at UCLA explored stories of women and girls’ love, loss, and perseverance and I was honored to have my films screen at the Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, broadcast on PBS and MTVu, and be lauded by the Directors Guild of America where I won a DGA Student Film Award.
When movement around the issue of women directors was gaining steam, I knew this was a story that needed to be told - these are my heroes, women who wouldn't take no for an answer fighting powerful forces, making movies and shows I wanted to see. After many years of stagnation, it seemed the timing could finally be right for something to change. I had to be there.
-- Amy Adrion
About the Guests
AMY ADRION (Director, Producer)
Amy Adrion is a director and writer whose work has screened at the Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festivals, been broadcast on PBS and MTV, and won numerous awards.
Amy’s debut feature, HALF THE PICTURE, celebrates the groundbreaking work of women film and TV directors and had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. HALF THE PICTURE won the #WhatNext Award at Sundance: London, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Lighthouse Film Festival and was nominated for the Chicken & Egg Award at the SXSW Film Festival. Amy won a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Student Film Award for her graduate thesis film, the narrative short SHOEGAZER, which was Executive Produced by Miranda July.
Amy is a graduate of the MFA Film Directing program at UCLA, with an undergraduate degree in Literature and Theology from Georgetown University. Amy grew up in Hillsdale, New Jersey and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
PATRICIA CARDOSO (Director, Real Women Have Curves, Queen Sugar)
Award-winning director Patricia Cardoso’s credits include the features Real Women Have Curves, El Paseo de Teresa, and episodes of the upcoming Netflix series Tales of the City, The Society, and of Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar.
Cardoso was the first Latinx woman director to win a Sundance’s Audience Award, to direct a feature that was commercially successful in the US, and to receive a Student Academy Award®. She was given the first Fulbright scholarship in Colombia to study film. Her first feature film, Real Women Have Curves, has become a landmark of Latinx cinema.
Cardoso was director of Sundance’s Latin American program for five years and interim director of Film Independent’s Project Involve. She has taught filmmaking at USC, UCLA and UC Riverside. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science and the Director's Guild of America.
MELISSA GOODMAN (Director of Advocacy/Legal Director at the ACLU of Southern California)
Melissa Goodman is director of advocacy/legal director at the ACLU of Southern California. In this role Melissa leads the affiliate's advocacy department, which comprises 60 attorneys, policy advocates, organizers, and support staff across offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and Kern County.
Melissa joined the ACLU SoCal as a senior staff attorney in October 2012 and until July 2018 was the Audrey Irmas Director of the ACLU SoCal's LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project. In that role, Melissa conducted legal and policy advocacy concerning LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, and the rights of people with HIV.
Melissa continues to lead the organization's advocacy to end discrimination against women directors and increase inclusive hiring in Hollywood.
Melissa's cases include Garza v. Hargan, a challenge the federal government's policy preventing pregnant unaccompanied immigrant minors from obtaining information about their pregnancy options, coercing them to carry their pregnancies to term, and obstructing them from accessing abortion; ACLU v. Hargan, a challenge to the Trump Administration's rule allowing employers and universities to deny their employees and students insurance coverage for contraception if the employer has a religious or moral objection; McKibben v. McMahon, a class action case challenging discriminatory treatment of gay, bisexual and transgender prisoners in San Bernardino County; ACLU of Northern California v. Burwell, a case challenging the federal government allowing federal contractors to deny reproductive health care services to unaccompanied immigrant minors dependent on the federal government for care; and American Academy of Pediatrics v. Clovis Unified School District, a case that successfully challenged medically inaccurate, non-comprehensive and biased sex education.
In addition to advocacy concerning gender discrimination in Hollywood, Melissa led the ACLU SoCal's advocacy to protect the rights of transgender students and adults, to expand access to quality and confidential reproductive healthcare, to increase protections for working parents, to end bias and over-policing and over-incarceration of LGBTQ people and to improve health care for incarcerated women.
Prior to joining the ACLU of Southern California Melissa worked at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), where she directed the organization's LGBT and reproductive rights work. At the NYCLU, she led the organization’s campaign to pass the Marriage Equality Act, which gives same-sex couples the freedom to marry, and a campaign for a statewide law to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression. She served as co-counsel in Windsor v. United States, a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act filed by the ACLU, NYCLU, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Melissa provided legal assistance to LGBTQ students experiencing discrimination and harassment in schools. She also advocated for comprehensive and LGBTQ-inclusive sex education and co-authored a report entitled Birds, Bees, and Bias which examines sex-ed instruction in more than 80 New York public school districts. Melissa also conducted advocacy and public education to protect and expand the rights of all New York women and teens to make informed personal decisions about childbearing and to access affordable and confidential reproductive and sexual health care.
Melissa worked for six years as a staff attorney at the ACLU’s National Security Project, where she litigated cases concerning surveillance, excessive government secrecy, torture and detention, and the freedoms of speech and association. Her cases included challenges to the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the FBI and the Defense Department’s use of "national security letters," the government’s practice of ideological exclusion, the U.S. military’s detention practices at Guantánamo and Bagram, and the CIA’s "extraordinary rendition" program.
Melissa is a former law clerk for the Hon. Judge Frederic Block of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s College of Arts and Science in 2000 and she earned her J.D. from New York University in 2003, where she was awarded an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellowship, the John Perry Prize Award in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and was an articles editor for the Review of Law and Social Change.
About USC's 3rd Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awareness Week
USC's 3rd Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awareness Week (DEI Week), is scheduled for January 14-19, 2019. Our theme this year is Critical Conversations: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at USC. This year’s theme challenges us to recommit to one of USC’s key educational goals - to foster an environment that invites, engages, integrates and leverages contributions from all quarters of our diverse community. To this end we will host a range of seminars, training sessions, and roundtables addressing a variety of topics that will help us understand and truly maximize the potential created by our different perspectives.
Learn more at: https://diversity.usc.edu/
About the SCA Council on Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity, inclusion and respect of differences, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identities, sexual orientation, and disability, are foundational tenets of the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). SCA is an internationally recognized institution and a leader in the fields of cinematic arts, games, emergent media forms and media scholarship. While entertainment industries including film, television and interactive media have deep histories in progressive social politics, current cultural discussions about the state of mainstream media industries indicate that much work needs to be done to challenge and change existing paradigms around power, privilege and inclusion. Recognized as a pipeline to the media industries and graduate media programs, SCA is uniquely positioned to play a leadership role in preparing the next generation of media producers and scholars to critically engage with issues of diversity and build inclusive creative and scholarly communities within media industries and academia. SCA embraces this opportunity to influence the wider community of media creators and scholars. In 2016 SCA formed the Council for Diversity & Inclusion to address how our community can foster a more inclusive environment, and in 2018 named Christine Acham Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion.
Learn more at: http://cinema.usc.edu/Diversity
About the USC Leven Institute for Humanities and Ethics
The USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics engages students with the timeless values at the core of our humanity. In this effort, we seek moral reflection, understanding of self, and multidisciplinary dialogue. Levan students are encouraged to make a positive impact across society and around the world.
Visit the Levan Institute website: https://dornsife.usc.edu/levan-institute
Check-In & Reservations
This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.
All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.
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