Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Women in Film: Cady McClain's Seeing is Believing: Women Direct to Screen at DTLA Film Fest Followed by Panels Featuring Females Talking The Biz

By Suzanne Ordas Curry

Producer/Director Cady McClain will be screening her documentary film, Seeing is Believing: Women Direct, at the DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles on October 26, 2019. Following the screening, Cady, a 2-time Emmy award winner who spent years in front of the camera on As The World Turns, All My Children and Young and The Restless along with many TV roles but is now an active advocate for females behind the camera, will participate in two panel discussions. One panel will be on the constantly changing landscape of indie film distribution and the other about diversity.

Seeing is Believing features candid and intriguing interview with female directors talking about their experiences, goals and the environments they have encountered. Cady states that the "film emphasizes the opportunity for women to use their voice through media to change the social and political landscape and achieve full equality." The importance of a film like this in today's environment, with a continued lack of females providing direction and voices in the film industry cannot be understated. 

Some of the directors interviewed in the film include Lesli Linka Glatter (EP/Director Homeland), Sarah Gavron (Director: Suffragette, Brick Lane), Li Lu (There is a New World Somewhere) and Naima Ramos-Chapman (Director HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness) as well as Marianna Palka (3 time Sundance Alum), Lee Grant (first woman to win a DGA Award), Lizzie Borden (Born in Flames), Kimberly McCullough (One Day at a Time), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Deborah Kampmeier (Queen Sugar, Sundance Jury Prize nominee), and more. Special guest Deborah Riley Draper (Olympic Pride, American Prejudice and director of Coffee Will Make You Black starring Octavia Spencer) will be attending the Q&A.

This film was produced by: Cady McClain, Kate Super, Amanda Quinn Olivar, Jon Lindstrom, Kimberly McCullough, and Eva Paris Ciciynte. It was associate produced by:

Suzanne Curry, Kai Destiny, Patty Cook, Sabine S. McDowell, Antoinette Roger, and Nancy Finn.

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Date: OCTOBER 26th

Screening "Seeing is Believing: Women Direct" at 4PM

Address: LA Regal Live 1000 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper ("Olympic Pride, American Prejudice") will be in attendance with me, Cady McClain, at the screening and post screening Q&A.

"Indie Film Distribution in a Changing Landscape"  at 1PM (prior to our screening), I will be hosting a panel with producer Amanda Quinn Olivar. This panel features Liz Manashil (Sundance, Picture Motion), Keith Ochwat, Emily Best (Founder Seed&Spark), Mitch Yapko (Producer), Deborah Riley Draper (Director: "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice"), Marianna Palka (three-time Sundance Alum), and Andrew Van Den Houten (Producer of over 44 Indie Films).

"Inclusion in Film, influencing one story at a time" at 2:30PM
(also prior to the screening) I will also be speaking on the panel with Sonja Warfield.

Press line and Red Carpet start at 3:15PM
Founded in 2008 as a nonprofit (501)(c)(3) arts organization, DTLA Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing films by and about groups underrepresented by Hollywood in the historic center of the Creative Capital of the World. The festival also strives to reflect in its programming the unique cultural and ethnic diversity of the neighborhoods of downtown Los Angeles and its surrounding communities.
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