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#Metoo and the Film Industry, One Year On: What Has Changed?  What Has Not? Where Do We Go from Here? 

Submitted by Yuko Mera on November 8, 2018 - 9:56am
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One year ago, the revelation of Harvey Weinstein’s serial harassment and sexual assault of women exposed Hollywood’s dirty secret and propelled a movement. What has been the fallout for women in the film and media industries?  What is going on now in Hollywood and beyond to transform the toxic culture of the entertainment industry?


The Seattle University Film Studies and University Core Programs, in collaboration with the University of Washington Cinema and Media Studies Department, have assembled a panel of women with extensive experience in film and television to respond to these questions by taking stock of the past year’s events and looking forward to the long road ahead.


Date:  Saturday, November 17, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Location:  Wyckoff Auditorium, Seattle University




Sirin Aysan is a Turkish-American journalist, director, and producer. She has created and directed programming for a wide range of major networks including CNN, MTV, and VICE.  She has also received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award and two Emmy nominations. 


Ellen Huang is Senior Director of EEO & Diversity for SAG-AFTRA. She is responsible for supporting the union’s diversity committees -- Asian Pacific American Media, Ethnic Employment Opportunities, LGBT, Native Americans, Performers With Disabilities, Seniors, and Women's Committees, and implementing the department’s national action plans to achieve accurate representation of those groups historically excluded from the entertainment and news media. 


Tania Kupczak is a production designer and set decorator for motion pictures, designs sets and props for live performance, and is a visual artist who works with neon. Her credits include Outside InCaptain FantasticLaggiesLucky ThemBrand Upon the Brain!, and a forthcoming VR film about Mildred Bailey.


Anne Rosellini is an independent producer who works with director Debra Granik. Together they made the 2010 Oscar Nominated Winter’s Bone, and the 2004 Sundance winner Down to the Bone.  Their latest film is Leave No Trace.


Kirsten Schaffer is the Executive Director of Women In Film, Los Angeles and a leader in launching the gender parity program ReFrame, the WIF Sexual Harassment Help-Line, and a variety of talent pipeline programs. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Outfest, the preeminent LGBTQ media arts organization. She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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