IN CONTROL OF HER OWN DESTINY – Crystal Bridges Museum, Friday, May  6, 11:30 am
Moderator: Alex Cohen (NPR)  Panelists: Geena Davis, Kimberly Paisley, Nia Vardalos and Meg Ryan.

According to the Geena Davis Institute’s latest global research, there is a direct association with having a female director or a female writer and seeing more girls and women on screen. When you have a female writer attached, the percentage of girls and women on screen jumps 7.5 percent. When you have a female director attached, the number of girls and women on screen jumps 6.8 percent. Although the movie industry has evolved since Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland refused to accept the absolute power of the studios over their destiny, there has never been another time when women have been as underrepresented on screen as they are now. For an industry that offers so few opportunities for women and minorities, increasing numbers of talented women are pushing back by taking control of their own interests rather than depending on the powerful commercial studios. This panel will feature celebrities who have taken control of their destiny by starting their own production companies and making their own films.



BRUCE DERN IN CONVERSATION – Crystal Bridges Museum, Friday, May 6, 1:30 pm

Bruce, iconic American Actor and storyteller, talks about his legendary career and the legendary women he has worked with.


GEENA AND FRIENDS – Crystal Bridges Museum, Thursday, May 5, 3:00 pm

Geena Davis and a select group of brilliantly talented women, Kathy Najimy, Constance Wu and Andrea Navedo present a table read where they re-imagine some classic dialogue from all-male movie scenes. A lighthearted way to explore how funny, unique and perhaps refreshing it can be to expand our vision of who can be cast in roles originally written for men.


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