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Public Events

Industry leaders share valuable insights into the art, craft, and business of film, television, and media-making.

In-person events are postponed until further notice. While adjusting to distanced programming during the current pandemic, we have been excited to offer virtual events such as Laptop Cinema Club, which features in-depth chats with the women behind the latest and greatest streaming series and movies, and Conversations & Connections, presenting panels of filmmakers and thought leaders discussing their paths in the screen industries.

Virtual event highlights have included conversations with the executive producer and star of Hulu’s “The Great,” Elle Fanning; female filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa including Haifaa al-Mansour, Maryam Touzani, and Maryam Keshavarz; a look back at STARZ’s “Vida” with its showrunner Tanya Saracho and “One Day at a Time”‘s Gloria Calderón Kellett; The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood, and many more.

The Speaker Series, which has been held at the West Hollywood Library, is presented in partnership with the City of West Hollywood’s Department of Arts and Culture.

Upcoming Events

Speaker Series: Family Ties—Finding Your Balance While Juggling Kids & a Career in the Entertainment Industry

Whether you’re an actor, filmmaker, crew member, or executive, one role that many working in entertainment find challenging to balance is: parent. Join WIF and a panel of industry experts who have been there, too, for an empowering and compassionate discussion on how to prepare, what to expect, and how to find support as a working parent in entertainment. Plus, learn critical resources to combat parenthood harassment that could be faced on the job. Panelists include actor Wendy Braun, showrunner Erin Cardillo, employment attorney Toni Jaramilla, writer/director Lena Khan, and actor/producer Jennica Schwartzman.

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. PDT

Our Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Women's Advisory Board. It is also presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts or follow via social media @WeHoArts.

Past Event Highlights

Hair Designer Anne Morgan

Conversations & Connections

Hair Designer Anne Morgan

Conversations & Connections

September 22, 2020

Join WIF for a fascinating conversation with hair stylist Anne Morgan as we discuss her work on GANGS OF NEW YORK, WALK THE LINE, and her Oscar win for BOMBSHELL. We will discuss how Morgan transforms actors into some of the most iconic characters in cinema today. Moderated by Kirbie Johnson, co-host of the Gloss Angeles podcast.

STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY

Laptop Cinema Club

STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY

Laptop Cinema Club

September 16, 2020

Join WIF as we discuss the awe-inspiring documentary STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY with filmmakers Mollie Gregory and April Wright, along with stuntwomen Cheryl LewisAmy Johnston, and Donna Keegan. Being a stuntwoman takes discipline, strength, coordination, courage, and a sense of humor to get through the pain. Leaping over walls, taking a punch, landing a kick, feeling the heat of an explosion, and sometimes holding dangerously sharp objects, these are the routine dangers stuntwomen face at the office. On September 22, Shout! Studios will unleash the highly anticipated feature STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY on digital platforms everywhere for watch-at-home. Catch the official movie trailer here.

What She Brings to the Table—A Conversation with Food Designer/Stylist Janice Poon

Conversations & Connections

What She Brings to the Table—A Conversation with Food Designer/Stylist Janice Poon

Conversations & Connections

September 10, 2020

Join WIF for a fascinating conversation with writer, designer, and food stylist Janice Poon as we discuss her work constructing edible masterpieces for “Hannibal,” “American Gods,” and “Star Trek.” Pull up a chair and tuck in to a savory chat about Poon’s career across genres, where she makes the devilish look delectable, and the monstrous look positively mouthwatering.

THE GLORIAS with Director Julie Taymor

Laptop Cinema Club

THE GLORIAS with Director Julie Taymor

Laptop Cinema Club

September 9, 2020

Join WIF in conversation with acclaimed director Julie Taymor, of the new film THE GLORIAS, moderated by WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer. THE GLORIAS follows Gloria Steinem, an indelible feminist icon known for her world-shaping activism, in this nontraditional biopic.

An Evening with Cheryl Dunye

Speaker Series

An Evening with Cheryl Dunye

Speaker Series

September 1, 2020

Join WIF for an evening with the world-renowned director, writer, and actor Cheryl Dunye as we discuss the ambition, vision, and brilliance of her three-decade career creating magic on the screen. Since her emergence as a vital part of the “Queer New Wave” in the 1990s, Dunye has been creating stunning works of art for the large and small screen, from the classic WATERMELON WOMAN to recent work on Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar.”

Our Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board. It is also presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts or follow via social media @WeHoArts.

LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART with Director Tracy Heather Strain

Laptop Cinema Club

LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART with Director Tracy Heather Strain

Laptop Cinema Club

August 12, 2020

Join WIF in conversation with LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART director Tracy Heather Strain, moderated by Dr. Taiyon Coleman. The documentary (which is now streaming on PBS and on the PBS app) is the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life, using her personal papers and archives, including home movies and rare photos, as source material. The film explores the influences that shaped Hansberry’s childhood, future art, and activism.

The Women of "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

Conversations & Connections

The Women of "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

Conversations & Connections

August 6, 2020

We are lucky enough to have five of the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” writers to discuss their careers in comedy, how and when career intersects with identity, and current events. Please join us for this fascinating conversation spanning comedy to writing with Amber Ruffin, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, and Dina Gusovsky, moderated by Variety‘s Jenelle Riley.

SUMMERLAND with Writer/Director Jessica Swale and Actors Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Laptop Cinema Club

SUMMERLAND with Writer/Director Jessica Swale and Actors Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Laptop Cinema Club

July 29, 2020

Join WIF and writer/director of SUMMERLAND, Jessica Swale, in conversation with lead actors Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. This conversation will be moderated by journalist Rebecca Sun. SUMMERLAND follows Alice (Arterton), a reclusive writer resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she’s to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she’s resistant. It’s not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed.

Women Rocking Hollywood 2020

ReFrame at Comic Con

Women Rocking Hollywood 2020

ReFrame at Comic Con

July 25, 2020

What is so great about working as executive producer and director on a Frank Miller/Tom Wheeler project? What is it like to direct Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne in complicated fight scenes? How does working with women above and below the line make a film with Kelvin Harrison Jr, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Dakota Johnson more nuanced and believable? What does a producing director on “Queen Sugar” do? Find out all this and more, including why supporting women in film is so vital to equality for all, and how fans can make a difference, on this exciting female filmmaker-focused panel. Watch WIF Board member and ReFrame Ambassador Nisha Ganatra (director: Late Night, The High Note), Lauren Wolkstein (director: “Cloak & Dagger,” supervising director: “Queen Sugar”), ReFrame Ambassador Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director: Love and Basketball, director: The Old Guard), ReFrame Rise Fellow Zetna Fuentes (director: “Jessica Jones,” executive producer/director: “Cursed”), and Alison Emilio (director of ReFrame) as they share their experiences and insights. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (creator: Women Rocking Hollywood, freelance writer: AWFJ.org).

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"Cursed" with Director Zetna Fuentes

Laptop Cinema Club

"Cursed" with Director Zetna Fuentes

Laptop Cinema Club

July 23, 2020

Join WIF for an exciting conversation with Netflix’s “Cursed” director Zetna Fuentes, moderated by TV & film critic Yolanda Machado. Zetna is one of eight directors in the inaugural class of ReFrame Rise, a two-year sponsorship program that provides high-level endorsement and career acceleration for experienced female directors who are poised to lead commercial features and high-profile television shows.

Netflix’s “Cursed” follows young rebel Nimue who, armed with mysterious powers and a legendary sword, joins forces with charming mercenary Arthur on a mission to save her people.

THE OLD GUARD with Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

Laptop Cinema Club

THE OLD GUARD with Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

Laptop Cinema Club

July 16, 2020

Join us for an exciting conversation with Netflix’s THE OLD GUARD director, ReFrame Ambassador Gina Prince-Bythewood, moderated by Vulture writer Angelica Jade Bastién. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel, the film brings Charlize Theron back in action, and is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that gives audiences a fresh, slyly humorous, and unique take on immortality.

"Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story" with Creator Alexandra Cunningham and EP Jessica Rhoades

Laptop Cinema Club

"Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story" with Creator Alexandra Cunningham and EP Jessica Rhoades

Laptop Cinema Club

July 14, 2020

Join us for a discussion with “Dirty John” creator/showrunner Alexandra Cunningham and executive producer Jessica Rhoades. “Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story,” starring Amanda Peet and Christian Slater, is based on a true story of love gone wrong—spanning the ’60s to the ’80s, through the breakdown of a marriage that Oprah deemed one of “America’s messiest divorces,” before it ended in a double homicide.

"Dickinson" with Creator Alena Smith

Laptop Cinema Club

"Dickinson" with Creator Alena Smith

Laptop Cinema Club

July 9, 2020

Join WIF and creator/showrunner Alena Smith for a fascinating discussion about the Apple + prestige drama “Dickinson,” starring Hailee Steinfeld! Emily Dickinson: Poet. Daughter. Total rebel. In this coming-of-age story, Emily’s determined to become the world’s greatest poet.

SPACESHIP EARTH with Producer Stacey Reiss and Music Supervisor Tracy McKnight

Laptop Cinema Club

SPACESHIP EARTH with Producer Stacey Reiss and Music Supervisor Tracy McKnight

Laptop Cinema Club

July 8, 2020

Join us Wednesday, July 8, to discuss the Sundance Fest documentary SPACESHIP EARTH with producer Stacey Reiss and the film’s music supervisor, WIF Board member Tracy McKnight. We have a limited amount of Fandango codes available to watch the film before the event!

MENA Directors: Worlds Within Worlds

Conversations & Connections

MENA Directors: Worlds Within Worlds

Conversations & Connections

July 2, 2020

We are lucky enough to have three MENA (Middle East and North Africa) directors to discuss their careers, festivals, how and when career intersects with identity, and current events. Please join us for this fascinating conversation spanning documentary to narrative with Maryam Touzani (ADAM), Maryam Keshavarz (CIRCUMSTANCE), Haifaa al-Mansour (THE PERFECT CANDIDATE, WADJDA) moderated by Dr. Maytha Alhassen.

"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" with Producer/Choreographer Mandy Moore and Actor Jane Levy

Laptop Cinema Club

"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" with Producer/Choreographer Mandy Moore and Actor Jane Levy

Laptop Cinema Club

June 25, 2020

Join WIF and producer and choreographer of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” Mandy Moore with lead actor Jane Levy for another edition of Laptop Cinema Club! In NBC’s newest Emmy contender, if there’s a song in your heart, it will get in her head. Jane Levy stars in this high-concept drama as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before. All registrants will have a link to check out the series!

2019 Production Program Showcase

Laptop Cinema Club

2019 Production Program Showcase

Laptop Cinema Club

June 24, 2020

Join us for the premiere of 2019’s shorts BFFS (written and directed by Elia Urquiza) and YOUR MONSTER (written and directed by Caroline Lindy), followed by 2018’s shorts JUST A DRILL (written and directed by Julianne Donelle) and SIGNAL (written and directed by Chloe Hung). Then, at 6 p.m. our panel will begin with a conversation between moderator Kira Carstensen (Global Managing Director, Merman) and Sundance Film Festival Shorts Programmer Lisa Ogdie, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

BFFS:
Writer/Director – Elia Urquiza
Producer – Elisa Lleras
Line Producer – Danielle Suarez

YOUR MONSTER:
Writer/Director – Caroline Lindy
Producer – Amanda Mortimer
Line Producer – Alexis Loya

MISS JUNETEENTH with Director Channing Godfrey Peoples

Laptop Cinema Club

MISS JUNETEENTH with Director Channing Godfrey Peoples

Laptop Cinema Club

June 23, 2020

Join WIF and director of MISS JUNETEENTH, Channing Godfrey Peoples (“Queen Sugar”) in conversation with esssayist, author and activist Taiyon J Coleman. A selection for both Sundance and SXSW with rave reviews, the film is Godfrey Peoples’ first feature. Don’t miss this chance to learn from her advancing career– and to celebrate this heart-warming film.

THE HIGH NOTE with Director Nisha Ganatra

Laptop Cinema Club

THE HIGH NOTE with Director Nisha Ganatra

Laptop Cinema Club

June 18, 2020

Join us to discuss the Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson starring film THE HIGH NOTE with its director, WIF Board member Nisha Ganatra. Moderated by Executive Director of Women In Film, Kirsten Schaffer.

Film Composer Rachel Portman with Billboard's Melinda Newman

Conversations & Connections

Film Composer Rachel Portman with Billboard's Melinda Newman

Conversations & Connections

May 28, 2020

Join us on Facebook Live for a conversation with Academy-Award winning composer Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules, ChocolatEmma), the first female composer to win an Academy Award. She’ll be in conversation with Billboard‘s Melinda Newman to discuss her new album, ask the river, released earlier this month via Node Records. Do not miss this fascinating conversation about the intersection of film and music in the entertainment industry!

"Vida" with Showrunner Tanya Saracho

Laptop Cinema Club

"Vida" with Showrunner Tanya Saracho

Laptop Cinema Club

May 20, 2020

Join WIF and the showrunner of the Starz series “Vida,” Tanya Saracho—in conversation with ReFrame Ambassador and showrunner of “One Day at a Time,” Gloria Calderón Kellett! The series finale of this milestone show, a beacon for both the queer and Latinx community, is upon us in just a few more episodes! Celebrate with us and Tanya as we look at the past three seasons of the series—one of the first ever to receive the ReFrame Stamp for Gender Balanced Production for Television!

"The Great" with EP/Actor Elle Fanning

Laptop Cinema Club

"The Great" with EP/Actor Elle Fanning

Laptop Cinema Club

May 19, 2020

Join WIF and Elle Fanning to discuss her role as executive producer and star of “The Great,” the new original series now streaming on Hulu! Elle Fanning leads this comedy—created by the co-writer of THE FAVOURITE—as Catherine the Great, who becomes involved in a plot to overthrow her husband Peter III (Nicholas Hoult).

"Little America" with EP Emily Gordon

Laptop Cinema Club

"Little America" with EP Emily Gordon

Laptop Cinema Club

May 11, 2020

Join WIF and executive producer and co-creator of Apple TV’s “Little America,” Emily Gordon! Watch in preparation for this conversation about the new anthology series, moderated by Anita Sarkeesian.

THE HALF OF IT with Writer/Director/Producer Alice Wu

Conversations & Connections

THE HALF OF IT with Writer/Director/Producer Alice Wu

Conversations & Connections

May 7, 2020

Join WIF and director, writer, producer of THE HALF OF IT, Alice Wu! We’ll be joined by Music Supervisor Tracy McKnight, in a conversation moderated by journalist Rebecca Sun.

THE PERFECT CANDIDATE with Director Haifaa al-Mansour

Laptop Cinema Club

THE PERFECT CANDIDATE with Director Haifaa al-Mansour

Laptop Cinema Club

May 6, 2020

Join us for a post-screening discussion on Instagram Live of THE PERFECT CANDIDATE with director, and ReFrame Rise Fellow, Haifaa al-Mansour in conversation with Dr. Maytha Alhassen​​​​​! Watch the film, then follow us on Instagram to join the fun.

"Good Girls"

Laptop Cinema Club

"Good Girls"

Laptop Cinema Club

April 29, 2020

Laptop Cinema Club screens “Good Girls”‘ first episode! While money is on our minds this week, let’s dive into the thrilling world created by Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Desperate Housewives”)about three suburban mothers who suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances. Chat, relax, and watch a women-written show that’s now in its third season, with the WIF staff!

"Little Fires Everywhere" with Showrunner Liz Tigelaar and EPs Lauren Neustadter and Pilar Savone

Laptop Cinema Club

"Little Fires Everywhere" with Showrunner Liz Tigelaar and EPs Lauren Neustadter and Pilar Savone

Laptop Cinema Club

April 22, 2020

Just in time for the provocative season finale, tune in for a fascinating discussion of the new Hulu series “Little Fires Everywhere” with showrunner Liz Tigelaar and executive producers Lauren Neustadter (Hello Sunshine) and Pilar Savone (Simpson Street).

Watch the final episode and then make sure to join the discussion on Zoom with these amazing media makers!

"Home Before Dark" with Showrunner Dana Fox

Laptop Cinema Club

"Home Before Dark" with Showrunner Dana Fox

Laptop Cinema Club

April 15, 2020

Join us for a discussion with Dana Fox, showrunner of the new Apple TV mystery drama “Home Before Dark,” in conversation with Lorene Scafaria (dir, HUSTLERS).

And for a brief time, attendees who rsvp to join the conversation will receive a free code to check out “Home Before Dark” and other awesome Apple TV shows!

"Star Trek: Picard" with Director Hanelle Culpepper and Actor Michelle Hurd

Conversations & Connections

"Star Trek: Picard" with Director Hanelle Culpepper and Actor Michelle Hurd

Conversations & Connections

April 13, 2020

Join WIF, award-winning ReFrame Rise director Hanelle Culpepper (“Castle,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Criminal Minds”), and accomplished actor Michelle Hurd (“Gossip Girl,” Marvel’s “Daredevil,” “Blindspot,” “Hawaii Five-O”), for a gripping conversation about their work on the latest compelling entry in the storied Star Trek franchise, “Star Trek: Picard”! Tune in for insights about their experiences working on a show with the weight of so much fan expectation; the challenges and rewards of carving out a career in today’s TV landscape; and the ways they keep their creative fires lit.

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS with Director Eliza Hittman and Actors Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder

Laptop Cinema Club

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS with Director Eliza Hittman and Actors Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder

Laptop Cinema Club

April 6, 2020

Join us for a special Q&A with Eliza Hittman, director of Never Rarely Sometimes Always, along with lead actors Sidney Flanigan (“Autumn”) and Talia Ryder (“Skylar”). The Hollywood Reporter calls this film “quietly groundbreaking” and it’s a NYT Critic’s Pick.  Don’t wait to catch this amazing film starting 4/3 on VOD release! Watch before you join our hangout or come to be inspired by the discussion alone.