HALF THE PICTURE celebrates the groundbreaking work of female film directors and investigates the systemic discrimination that has, for decades, denied opportunities to far too many talented women in Hollywood.
HALF THE PICTURE consists of interviews with high profile women directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July, among many others, who discuss their early careers, how they transitioned to studio films or television, how they balance having a demanding directing career with family, as well as challenges and joys along the way.
HALF THE PICTURE also includes interviews with experts about gender inequality in Hollywood including the ACLU’s Melissa Goodman, Sundance Institute’s Caroline Libresco, Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan, USC’s Dr. Stacy Smith and San Diego State University’s Dr. Martha Lauzen, who establish the magnitude of this employment discrimination issue as women are shut out, across the board, of an industry that systemically denies their expression and point of view.
Sunday, October 14th, 7:00PM - AFS Cinema, Austin, TX
Friday, October 5th, 6:00PM - North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC
OEPNS Saturday, September 29 - Wednesday, October 3
Friday, Sept. 28th, 3:00PM - Gray Area / Grand Theater, San Francisco, CA
*Director Amy Adrion in attendance for post-film panel discussion with Dawn Porter (BOBBY KENNEDY FOR PRESIDENT, TRAPPED), Melissa Silverstein (WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD), Esther Pearl (CAMP REEL STORIES), & Cristina Escobar
Friday, Sept. 21st, 6:00PM - Greek Film Archive, Athens, GREECE
*OPENING NIGHT FILM*
Thursday, Sept. 20th, 6:00PM - Picturehouse Duke of York's, Brighton, UNITED KINGDOM
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE DALLAS/Cedars
Friday, August 31
*Featuring a post-film discussion with gender equality expert Dr. Cortney Baker & award-winning screenwriter/director Natasha Paris
Friday, August 17 - Sunday, August, 19*
*Featuring a Q & A with Director Amy Adrion after Friday night screening
Tuesday, July 31
Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 PM* - The Little Theater, Rochester, NY
Saturday, July 14, 3:00 PM - The Little Theater, Rochester, NY
*Featuring a Q & A with Director Amy Adrion
Friday, June 22-July 5
Saturday, June 16, 3:00 PM - The Kessler Theatre, Dallas TX*
*Featuring a Q & A with Penelope Spheeris moderated by Seed&Spark's Emily Best
Sunday, June 10, 2:30 PM - Event Cinemas George St 9
Thursday, June 14, 6:15 PM - Dendy Newtown
Sunday, June 9, 5:30 PM - Surf City Volunteer Fire Station, NJ
Friday, June 8-June 21
Friday, June 1, 6:45 PM - PictureHouse Central
Sunday, June 3, 5:40 PM - PictureHouse Central
Thursday, May 31, 6:30 PM - Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
Saturday, June 2, 10:30 AM - Bow Tie – Theater 3
Saturday, May 26, 7:00 PM - TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 PM - The City Library
Sunday, April 29, 5:30 PM - The Triangle
Saturday, April 14, 10:05 AM - Regal Hollywood 11 Cinemas Auditorium 3
Monday, April 16, 6:45 PM - Regal Hollywood 11 Cinemas Auditorium 6
Saturday, April 7, 12:45 PM - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Monday, April 9, 5:45 PM - Children's Creativity Museum
Monday, April 16, 1:30 PM - The Victoria Theatre
SXSW film festival
Friday, March 9, 9:30PM - Rollins Theatre at The Long Center
Saturday, March 10, 8:45PM - Alamo Lamar
Wednesday, March 14, 1:30PM - Stateside Theatre
Tuesday, January 23, 5:30PM - Prospector Theater, Park City
Wednesday, January 24, 9:45PM - Broadway 3 Theater, Salt Lake City
Thursday, January 25, 9:30AM - Ray Theater, Park City
PRESS & INDUSTRY SCREENING
Friday, January 19, 4:00PM – Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City
‘Half the Picture’ director Amy Adrion opens up about her documentary, which features female filmmakers like Ava DuVernay and Kimberly Peirce celebrating sisterhood in Hollywood. "A celebration of the joys of filmmaking!"
"It’s experiential revelation as advocacy filmmaking, an incisive and inviting example of the personal as political...Half the Picture is a timely and entertaining antidote to the devaluation of women’s accomplishments"
Half the Picture Is the #TimesUp Movie You Must See as Soon as Possible: "Nothing in popular culture has articulated the film industry's gender inequality as convincingly, succinctly, or powerfully as Half the Picture, an essential new documentary from director Amy Adrion"
"Half the Picture plays like a cocktail party where everyone’s had a glass of wine and is ready to get real. Adrion bounces between interview clips as though the women are having a conversation. It’s not a screed – it’s fun and surprising"
The daily californian
KFOG San Francisco
‘Half the Picture’ speaks to the next generation of filmmakers at SFFILM Festival - "The message to aspiring filmmakers in Adrion’s Half the Picture is clear: it’s not easy but it’s so, so much fun. And if these women have done it, so can you."
KPFA San Francisco 94.1fm
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NPR / KPCW
NPR, KPCC'S THE FRAME
Female Directors in Hollywood Share Their Stories in ‘Half the Picture’. "An appreciation of directors working at the height of their craft and an inspiration to every girl and young woman who dreams of making films."
AMY ADRION | Director & Producer
Amy Adrion is a director and writer whose work has screened at the Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festivals, been broadcast on PBS and MTV, and won numerous awards including a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Student Film Award and the Impact Award at the Sarasota Film Festival / Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival.
HALF THE PICTURE, Amy’s debut feature, had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and celebrates the groundbreaking work of women film and TV directors. HALF THE PICTURE won the #WhatNext Award at the Sundance Film Festival: London, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Lighthouse Film Festival and was nominated for the Chicken & Egg Award at the SXSW Film Festival.
Amy is a graduate of the MFA Film Directing program at UCLA, with an undergraduate degree in Literature and Theology from Georgetown University. Amy grew up in Hillsdale, New Jersey and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
DAVID HARRIS | Producer
David Harris is a producer and executive, currently the SVP of Development at Gunpowder & Sky, a multi-platform studio producing digital originals (T Bone Burnett’s DRAWN & RECORDED) and features (the upcoming zombie roadtrip movie EAT BRAINS LOVE). In his role as VP of Development for the MTV digital studio MTV(other), David produced MYRNA THE MONSTER, a short which premiered at Sundance, was an official selection at SXSW and is now in development with MGM and Caviar Content. He was also an executive producer of the SUPERVIDEO series of music videos (directors include Bryce Dallas Howard, Drew Barrymore, and David Ayer), the 2014 reboot of the animated cult classic LIQUID TELEVISION, and the music series $5 COVER, created by Craig Brewer and directed by Craig Brewer and Lynn Shelton.
YAMIT SHIMONOVITZ | Director of Photography
Yamit Shimonovitz recently received acclaim for her innovative cinematography on the documentaries THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN about rock icon John Lydon (Tribeca 2017) and LOS WILD ONES, which premiered at SXSW and won Best Cinematography at Uptown Film Fest. Her current work can be seen on television shows such as TRANSPARENT as well as in commercials for Apple, Intel and Whole Foods. Yamit was born in Israel, and is based in Los Angeles where she is a member of Local 600, the International Cinematographers Guild.
SORAYA SÉLÈNE | Director of Photography
Soraya Sélène recently won Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television. Her commercial work includes projects for Unilever, TMobile, Dove, Mattell, and Apple Music, shooting artists such as Mary J. Blige, Sacha Baron Cohen and Pharrell. Born in France and raised in NYC, Soraya moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue her MFA at UCLA. She also studied at the Global Cinematography Institute under renowned ASC cinematographers.
KATE HACKETT | Editor
Kate Hackett is an editor and filmmaker who has edited four independent features, among them Sean Hackett's award winning HOMECOMING and David MartinPorras's crime drama STEALING SUMMERS. She recently edited a documentary series on the Sundance Institute's MENA Theatre Lab. Her short format work includes episodes of the Yahoo Screen series TINY COMMANDO featuring Ed Helms, Gillian Jacobs and Nick Kroll, and the short film GOT THE CHECK for actress/director Shiri Appleby, featuring Colin Hanks and Alison Becker.
LAURA KARPMAN | Composer
Four-time Emmy winner and composer of the Grammy Winning piece ASK YOUR MAMA, Laura Karpman maintains a vibrant career in film, television, videogame and concert music. Her distinguished credits include the series UNDERGROUND - in collaboration with Raphael Saadiq and John Legend - STEP - a Sundance 2017 favorite - Eleanor Coppola’s PARIS CAN WAIT starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, Kasi Lemmons’ BLACK NATIVITY starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, Steven Spielberg’s miniseries TAKEN, the Showtime series ODYSSEY 5, and MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION for which she received several Emmy nominations. She contributed to Sophia Coppola’s 2017 THE BEGUILED, and scored THE REAGAN SHOW for CNN Films. Laura serves as an advisor for the Sundance Film Scoring Labs and is on the faculty of the USC Film Scoring Program, and is the founding President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers and a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
NORA KROLL-ROSENBAUM | Composer
Grammy Award-winning composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum collaborates with radical filmmakers and ingenious musicians on scores that include Stockholm, Pennsylvania, Powerless, After Fire, Remember Me, Joburg, Lenny, Regarding Susan Sontag, and The Cinema Travelers. She has been commissioned by the London Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and received fellowships from the Sundance Composers Feature and Doc Labs. Nora is on the board of The Alliance for Women Film Composers.
FROM AMY ADRION
For many years the discouraging statistics about women directors in film and television have been known, but a confluence of social media outrage, increased study and statistics, and a growing willingness of prominent women in the industry to call out the powerful forces working against them, have resulted in what some have termed a “genderquake moment.” That environment, coupled with the activism of a handful of fearless women directors frustrated by the lack of accountability in their industry, resulted in the ACLU’s 18 month long investigation into gender discrimination in the hiring of directors, the findings of which prompted the US Department of Justice’s EEOC investigation that began in October 2015, bringing powerful players into the fight for equal opportunity.
HALF THE PICTURE seeks to document this unique time in our industry where systemic change seems possible and asks the question, unlike previous efforts to address gender inequality in Hollywood, will this time be different?
Not only is the issue of women directors an employment discrimination civil rights issue, the larger cultural relevance of HALF THE PICTURE lies in the fact that when you only have a small sliver of the populace telling our collective stories, in this case overwhelmingly white men who make up 31% of the population but direct 85-95% of our media, many stories are left untold. Further, studies show that when women direct, the numbers and characterization of women and men onscreen is affected as well.
Directors working behind the camera have a significant impact on the creation of this country’s main export around the world, our media, which give us powerful examples and social clues about who gets to be the hero, who gets to take up space, have a voice, be an active participant in the stories around them - and who does not. These images, when repeated throughout media, have ripple effects in the lives of real people around the world.
I have been aware of women’s marginalization in media and the need for greater support of women’s voices my entire adult life. My graduate films at UCLA explored stories of women and girls’ love, loss, and perseverance and I was honored to have my films screen at the Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, broadcast on PBS and MTVu, and be lauded by the Directors Guild of America where I won a DGA Student Film Award.
When movement around the issue of women directors was gaining steam, I knew this was a story that needed to be told - these are my heroes, women who wouldn't take no for an answer fighting powerful forces, making movies and shows I wanted to see. After many years of stagnation, it seemed the timing could finally be right for something to change. I had to be there.