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Having Women Behind The Camera Makes a Difference for Women & Girls Around the World
Why WOMEN's Voices Matter in Media
SUNDAY November 5th - 10:30am - 11:15am
RACHEL FELDMAN - is a director with more than 60 hours of credits in television series and movies. She is currently in development as co-writer and director on FAIR FIGHT, her Athena List winning feature about Fair Pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, for producers Double Nickel Entertainment. Feldman is also in development with her 2017 WGA Writer’s Access Project winning drama pilot KINKS, with producers Piller Segan and eOne Television Studio. Feldman was chair of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee and a directing professor in the MFA program at The USC School of Cinematic Arts. Feldman is a long time, vocal agitator for gender parity for women behind the camera. You can find her @ www.rachelfeldman.com and Tweet to her @WomenCallAction.
IRAM PARVEEN BILAL - Raised in Nigeria and Pakistan, Bilal is a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker. She just directed her 7th film, EXTINCTION, a dystopian future where the #MuslimBan is taken to its extreme. Next, FORBIDDEN STEPS, a film about Islamophobia and Dance, a Film Independent writer/director lab project, is scheduled for filming in Winter in Los Angeles and Chicago. Iram is affiliated with the Film Fatales, AWD, WIF and FIND, all organizations looking to support the underrepresented. She is also a co-chair on the Asian American Writer’s Committee at the WGA. Bilal initiated the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan’s first professional screenwriting lab (QALAMBAAZ).
ALICIA MALONE is a film reporter, commentator and obsessive movie geek. She worked as a film reviewer and movie talk show host in her native Australia before making the leap to Los Angeles in 2011. Since then, Alicia has appeared as a resident film expert on CNN, TODAY, MSNBC, NPR and many other outlets. Currently she is the creator and host of Fandango’s weekly show, Indie Movie Guide, and a host on FilmStruck, a cinephile subscription streaming service run by the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies. Alicia is a passionate supporter of women in film - she has given two TEDx talks on the subject, spoken on panels and at conferences around America, and her first book, “Backwards and in Heels,” about the history of women in Hollywood was published in 2017.
Katherine Pieper, Ph.D. - is a Research Scientist who received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She has worked with Dr. Stacy Smith and Marc Choueiti at the Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism since 2012. There, she has collaborated on research focused on employment patterns in film and television, with a particular focus on diversity and inclusion in key production roles. Dr. Pieper’s dissertation focused on the role of social support in child health intervention in Cambodia. Between 2007 and 2011, she worked in communication and resource development based in Phnom Penh.
MONIQUE NASH is currently the Head of Creative Affairs for Kronicle Media, which she co-founded with Korin D. Huggins to create content for and about women from diverse perspectives. She previously served as Director of Current Programming & Development in the TV department at Will Packer Productions, working on the BET drama, BEING MARY JANE, starring Gabrielle Union, the ABC comedy, UNCLE BUCK, starring Mike Epps and Nia Long, as well as the award-winning and Emmy-nominated remake of the ground-breaking ROOTS miniseries for History Channel, Lifetime and A+E Networks. She has also served as Manager, Current Programming at Fox Broadcast Company, working on series including BONES, THE SIMPSONS, BACK TO YOU, THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES and THE WAR AT HOME. She has consulted for NATPE’s Navigator Program and for the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Monique received a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She began her television career as an assistant in the TV Literary & Packaging Department at Creative Artists Agency.