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Co-Hosts Michal Sinnott & Jessica Rotondi curate an inclusive & intimate conversation in their living room with one woman from a rotating & diverse list of entertainment industry professionals. Based on The Bechdel Test, 'The Test' helps raise awareness to create greater gender equality both in front of and behind the scenes of film & television, while also collectively providing a 'how to guide' of sorts for how to make it in Hollywood as a member of the female tribe.

Co-Hosts Michal Sinnott & Jessica Rotondi curate an inclusive & intimate conversation in their living room with one woman from a rotating & diverse list of entertainment industry professionals. Based on The Bechdel Test, 'The Test' helps raise awareness to create greater gender equality both in front of and behind the scenes of film & television, while also collectively providing a 'how to guide' of sorts for how to make it in Hollywood as a member of the female tribe.

Location:

United States

Description:

Co-Hosts Michal Sinnott & Jessica Rotondi curate an inclusive & intimate conversation in their living room with one woman from a rotating & diverse list of entertainment industry professionals. Based on The Bechdel Test, 'The Test' helps raise awareness to create greater gender equality both in front of and behind the scenes of film & television, while also collectively providing a 'how to guide' of sorts for how to make it in Hollywood as a member of the female tribe.

Language:

English

Contact:

9174424563


Episodes

Victoria Negri

11/9/2017
Director / Writer / Producer / Actress Victoria Negri is a quadruple threat force of nature. We caught up with her surrounding the debut of her first time directorial feature release, 'Gold Star' with Oscar nominee Robert Vaughn, to discuss marathon running, transforming one's pain into art, and her unique upbringing as the child of a father 60 years her senior. Join us for this open, vulnerable, and deep-well discussion on dying, living, and & all the messy in between.

Duration:01:39:59

Olivia Newman *

10/26/2017
Writer / Director Olivia Newman's longstanding passion for writing and acting paved the way for her successful launch into filmmaking. Raised in Hoboken, NJ by openminded, politically active, musically minded parents that met in the PeaceCorp, her childhood was shaped by performing in the school plays of the school her mother founded and spearheaded & by a year abroad in France her junior year in H.S. A crisis of identity in college led to a discovery of French Cinema & an eventual launch...

Duration:01:39:05

Yessica Curiel Montoya

10/11/2017
Cinematographer & Gaffer Yessica Curiel Montoya has been bucking the norm all her life. Born in a small town in Mexico to working professionals that always encouraged her independent spirit, she set off for a film career in college and never looked back. She continued her studies in New York City and stayed on an artist's Visa that quickly led to regular gigs in the city. Often the only woman in her department & sometimes the only one on set, she was very candid with us about her experiences...

Duration:01:43:27

Elizabeth Nichols

9/26/2017
Director Elizabeth Nichols splits her time between quicksilver NYC and the slow savannah of Arusha, Tanzania in Africa. She collaborates on films with her Maasai students that are part narrative / part documentary & she also makes movies in New York City. Raised in Princeton, NJ in an artist / architect household where projects were king, she quickly developed a questioning & independent spirit. A child photographer, she tried her hand at theater post undergrad before finally settling into...

Duration:01:27:51

Annie Lukowski

9/13/2017
New England born Virtual Reality Director Annie Lukowski might have been a banker or a professor of Theology if she hadn't made the impractical-in-her-parent's-eyes-leap to Hollywood & start hitting it out of the park from the very beginning. Her first gig was as an intern on the five time Oscar nominated Todd Field film In The Bedroom. From there she landed an Art Department position on a George Miller developed production of Wonder Woman that never came to be. No matter, because she soon...

Duration:01:27:45

Elissa Down

7/19/2017
Aussie Writer / Director Elissa Down won the Crystal Bear Award at The Berlin Film Festival for her autobiographically inspired feature film debut "The Black Balloon" with Toni Collette. Growing up the daughter of a nurse and a soldier and the oldest sister to three brothers, two of which are autistic, she quickly learned the art of a good & amusing story. Ever charming, her projects tend to explore embarrassment in all of its messiness & humor. Join us for a winding chat on the fascinating...

Duration:01:59:15

Tema Staig

7/6/2017
Art Director and Executive Director of Women In Media, Tema Staig is a powerhouse do-er creative on a mission. Tema's company, Women In Media, is a growing contact list of women in all areas of film production. Bechdel approved, her organization provides thousands of options for creating greater gender parity on any film set. From DJing in New York City when virtually no women were spinning in clubs, to set designing in LORT theaters across the country to Art Directing and running product...

Duration:01:44:05

Kristen Murtha 2

6/20/2017
Producer Kristen Murtha is who you get when you want it done and with excellence. Raised outside Boston in a pragmatic, Irish American family, Kristen's producer star was born while watching a behind the scenes special on Finding Nemo while still in elementary school. Post college, she landed in sunny LA and soon started working for DreamWorks on giant studio animation projects like Rise of the Guardians and How to Train Your Dragon II. A consummate go-getter, she continuously took on...

Duration:01:29:53

Grace Edwards

6/6/2017
TV Writer & Actress Grace Nkenge Edwards knows funny. Born in Guyana, South America to a linguistics professor & an accountant that immigrated to Michigan when she was a toddler, she started acting & creating stories from a young age. After pursuing an acting career in NYC post college, she found her way into writing, eventually becoming a writer assistant on INSIDE AMY SCHUMER (as well as being a contributing writer and actress in some sketches), a writer assistant for BROAD CITY, a writer...

Duration:01:33:03

Gina Atwater

5/23/2017
Gina Atwater is a wonder. As an over-achieving independent spirit raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, her desire to tell character driven period piece stories led her to Columbia University where she created an award winning short that later caught the attention of her boss at CAA. Soon recommended for a job with JJ Abrams, she eventually found her way to Bad Robot & then The Writer's Room of HBO's Westworld. Join us for this insider look at how hard work, good character, whip smarts, & moxie...

Duration:01:35:59

Bette Gordon

5/9/2017
Bette Gordon is a legend. A critically acclaimed Director & a contemporary of Jim Jarmusch, she's been making films in NYC since the late 70's. Join us for this musically inspired talk about art house cinema in New York & Germany, French New Wave inspirations, how she got her complex & nuanced indie films Variety & Handsome Harry with Steve Buscemi made, & the haunting inspiration behind her glorious new feature, The Drowning.

Duration:01:33:37

Hilary Bolger

4/26/2017
TV & Film Editor Hilary Bolger's candid openness & refreshing sense of humor about her life & work is a big bold breath of clean air. Born in La Canada, in the suburbs of Pasadena, just shy of the biz, her wild ride of a childhood may have had some influence in her decision to pursue a career where she gets to cut out the messy parts of the story. Join us for this intimate discussion as we wax poetic on everything from mental illness to ghost editing to how Spielberg takes his tea.

Duration:02:23:19

Tamara Federici

4/11/2017
Writer / Producer / Director Tamara Federici is one funny lady. Join us for a delightful conversation that weaves us through her North Carolina performance based childhood, her Chicago training with improv gurus Del Close at iO & Mick Napier at the Annoyance, how she infiltrated the comedy boys clubs of Comedy Central, writing and / or producing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Chappelle's Show, & Demetri Martin in New York City, and how all that work for others has expanded into...

Duration:02:33:49

Lagueria Davis

3/20/2017
Director & Line Producer Lagueria Davis discusses carving out a creative life in Texas while being raised by strict religious working class parents, being a person of color in a very white Oklahoma, how volunteering in a domestic abuse shelter led her back to filmmaking, & where she's now headed as a Line Producer & Narrative Director. Join us for this intimate discussion that explores, activism, working class expectations, religion, race, and gender in America.

Duration:01:19:31

Grainne Godfree

3/14/2017
All around nice gal & TV writer Grainne Godfree who's currently a writer for LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and THE FLASH shares her thoughts on breaking into TV writing and being a working female writer. Learn about how a dreamy California childhood of books, athletics, & Westerns with her father led to a DC Comics dream job. Tune in for this informative chat & learn how YOU can land in the Writer's Room too.

Duration:01:05:12

Sarah E. Mason

2/27/2017
Producer Sarah E. Mason is a woman of the world. Born in South Africa, raised in Northern Ireland, educated in Canada and England, and with stints in Colombia & Russia before living in Abu Dhabi and now Los Angeles, she is committed to bringing strong & truthful stories about the Middle East to Hollywood. Join us for this valuable & insightful discussion on her experience of being a non-Muslim white woman working in the Middle East, her desire for a more truthful portrayal of the Muslim...

Duration:01:51:07

Jazz Smollett

2/13/2017
Jazz Smollett started acting & modeling in NYC alongside her 5 other siblings as a child. By the time she was a teenager, her entire family had its own sitcom that ran on the TGIF Block of ABC. Listen in as we discuss feminism, intersectionality, & what it was like for her growing up bi-racial in both NYC & Los Angeles in the 80's & 90's, as well as her current life as a Producer, Mother, Film Fest Curator & Life Style Host.

Duration:01:49:45

Michelle Kantor

1/30/2017
In our inaugural episode, Michelle Kantor, founder of Cinefemme, discusses her storied upbringing in Colorado raised by Communist defector parents from Czechoslovakia, motherhood, epilepsy, what it takes to run a successful non-profit, and filmmaking with an activist heart.

Duration:01:37:55