Women Directors Explain Exactly What It’s Like To Work In Sexist Hollywood

Amy Adrion’s new doc “Half the Picture” takes on gender bias in entertainment. But even in the #TimesUp era, the film has yet to be picked up by a distributor.

PARK CITY, UTAH ― The new documentary “Half the Picture” opens with a stirring speech from actress Jessica Chastain, in which she addresses the lack of female representation on screen at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

 “This is the first time I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days,” Chastain tells a room of festival jurors and members of the press. “The one thing I really took away from this experience is how the world views women from the female characters that I saw represented. It was quite disturbing to me… I do hope that when we include more female storytellers, we will have more of the women that I recognize in my day-to-day life. Ones who are proactive, have their own agency, don’t just react to the men around them.”
Chastain’s statement sets the tone for first-time feature director Amy Adrion’s film about gender bias in the entertainment industry and how it’s wreaked havoc on the careers of female directors.
The doc, which has yet to secure a distribution deal following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month, features interviews with some of the most successful directors and showrunners working today: Ava DuVernay, Catherine Hardwicke, Jill Soloway, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Lena Dunham, Mary Harron, Patricia Riggen and Gina Prince-Bythewood.


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