The Women in Film panel was held yesterday, and there was the usual interesting mix of women to mingle and network with. The first hour or so is networking time, as the panelists arrive at staggered times to allow press access for quick interviews and photo sessions. This year's panel, which was moderated by Lucy Webb of Women in Film Los Angeles, included Patricia Clarkson (Blind Date and Phoebe in Wonderland), Pamela Cuming (co-screenwriter, Downloading Nancy), Lauren Greenfield (Director Kids + Money) Ellen Kuras (DP/Director/writer Nerakhoon (The Betrayal)), Sharon McGuire (Director/Screenwriter, Incinderary) Amy Redford (Director-The Guitar Premiere), and Marina Zenovich (Director Roman Polanski: "Wanted and Desired").
During the networking time, I chatted a bit with Amy Redford, Ellen Kuras and Women in Film director Jane Fleming. I asked Fleming about the need to have panels focused on women in film, and whether we might ever reach the point where there's enough parity in Hollywood that we don't need them anymore. I was reminded of Tamara Jenkins, director of The Savages, and actress Laura Linney, going off on this very subject at Telluride. Fleming's take was that even when true equality for women in Hollywood is achieved, it's still beneficial to have women gathering together to network and share ideas. We talked a bit about what WIF does; beyond networking opportunities and panels such as this one, they also provide grants for completing film projects.