Tonight, Women In Film is holding our biggest fundraiser of the year, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. This is my first year on the WIF team, and I’ve been impressed time and time again by the passion and dedication of our staff and Board, Members, and supporters. At the Gala, I’m looking forward to witnessing a celebration of so many efforts to create a better industry that tells stories enjoyed by people all around the world.
When I was in college pursuing a degree in Film Studies, I got to watch and research the work of so many great auteurs, but I don’t think my professors ever featured a woman creator in their coursework. In the early years of my career working as a studio assistant, I got to be a part of moviemaking—a dream come true—but the feeling persisted that I wasn’t seeing myself represented onscreen or behind-the-scenes as much as I should.
Having the opportunity to transition to this path, being a part of a nonprofit dedicated to such an important cause, and supporting the work of people making the kinds of movies and TV shows I can’t get enough of? That’s become my real Hollywood dream realized. Already, I’ve met so many hard-working women who are making connections and developing their careers with the help of Women In Film’s programming. And there are such badass, game-changing women who are working with WIF to create pathways to success for the next generation!
Tonight at the Gala, we’ll be honoring just a few of these women. Amy Poehler, Issa Rae, Cathy Schulman, and Elizabeth Debicki are among the award recipients; plus, Women In Film Members voted for their favorite female directors of the past year. And the talented members of the first ReFrame Rise class of directors will be introduced.
It’s going to be a lot of fun (and hosted by the hilarious Xosha Roquemore), and I hope you’ll be able to stay tuned to our social media as the evening unfolds! Make sure to follow the #WIFGala hashtag, and you might even get to see some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and footage live from the Beverly Hilton. And, we’d be so grateful if you could support the year-round work we’re doing to advance the careers of women working in the screen industries by making a donation.
Thanks for taking the time to read my note, and thank you for supporting gender parity in Hollywood.