Okay, there’s Gwen Ifill. There’s Katie Couric. There are Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer. And Oprah…
Questions about sexism in the arts came to the fore decades ago with the rise of the Guerrilla Girls, several of whom now call the Hudson Valley home. Now a new film, Miss Representation – which went from the Sundance Film Festival to Winfrey’s OWN Network last year – is seeking to draw attention to the disparity evident on our nation’s airwaves and other forms of media.
The film gets a special screening at the Rosendale Theatre on Wednesday, March 7, with a panel discussion of the issues that it raises afterwards. Among the panelists, to be moderated by Adele Calcavecchio, will be actress/comedian/artist Denny Dillon, journalist Ann Gibbons, actress/writer/director Nicole Quinn, actress Cassandra Lee Walker and Ulster Publishing photographer Dion Ogust.
Expect, among topics spurred by the film’s talking points, the facts that male characters outnumber female characters three to one in family films; only seven percent of directors, 13 percent of writers and 20 percent of entertainment producers are female; about two-thirds of reporters/writers and newsroom supervisors are male; and only 20 percent of news articles are about women, and many of those stories are about violence and victimhood.
The event is being sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Kingston Branch, and starts at 7:15 p.m. The Rosendale Theater is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. For further information visit www. http:rosendaletheatre.org.