If there is one thing to stress about this march, it is that there was major snowfall the night prior and that morning — making the trip to the start point an epic hike to the top of Main street and an icy parade to the bottom for the rally. Thousands of women and allies marched down Main street adorning pussy hats and cleverly-crafted signs, disregarding the weather conditions of the day, to join other marches from around the world as the largest inaugural protest in history.
The clandestine, chalice-adorned lounge was teeming with attentive onlookers as moderator Dominic Patten (Deadline senior editor) highlighted the successful film careers of the five producers on the panel. Christine Vachon (Carol), Daniela T. Lundberg (The Kids Are All Right), Rachel Shane (Divergent), Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack), and Cathy Schulman (The Edge of Seventeen, President of Women In Film) are brimming with individual accolades deserving of a platform. Each filmmaker elaborated on their own experiences creating films, faced with the struggle to make a commercially viable piece that has teeth.
Schulman furthered the conversation by reminding the audience that women live through such triumphs and tragedies every day worthy of real, mass portrayal and financial backing — sampling a somber moment from her film Bad Moms in which character Amy (Mila Kunis) admits that at least once a day she feels like the worst mom and sits in her car and cries. It's not the most blockbuster-y moment, but it’s a communal experience. “People think that an eventized film means it has to be a superhero film, and what I’d like to point out is commonality of an experience can also be eventized.”
We at Refinery29 are very excited to see change being made to the glaring statistics surrounding women behind the camera. We are also committed to putting talented women filmmakers to the forefront of the conversation, which is why we gave 12 female directors a chance to tell the stories they wanted to express with our Shatterbox Anthology series. Only 7% of 2016’s top films were directed by women, we want to change that. Two of our films were featured at this year’s Sundance: Come Swim directed by Kristen Stewart and Sundance's Short Film Jury Winner Lucia, Before and After directed by Anu Valia. Watch new films every month on Refinery29.com/Shatterbox and Comcast Watchable.
HEROES: A Duet in Mixed Reality created by MAP Design Lab, MPC VR and Helios
Over by the Chase Sapphire Lounge, located at the halfway point of the primary drag, a nondescript door led attendees upstairs and into a dark art space swarming with people waiting in line to get a taste of the newest in alternate viewing experiences. HEROES is a two piece adventure that explores space, sound, and the strange interconnectedness of Augmented Reality. Each part centered around two dancers and their exceptional dexterity to move, and carry each other, around the artificial space that you, the user, is experiencing.
#SundanceFilmFest getting a little Black Mirror on me at the New Frontier AI/VR Heroes exhibit. Melissa Painter and Tim Dillion are truly next level visionaries, gamifying an Ace Theatre Modern #DavidBowie Dance performance within a virtual interactive, command driven medium. Needless to say, I lost my mind! 😂🎥🎞🎮🖥❄️