Achieving gender equality and preventing sexual harassment in the documentary industry requires not only a recognition of power imbalances, but conscious efforts to overcome systemic barriers that disempower women. It’s time to address policies and practices to ensure safer working environments. From gender parity, codes of conduct, safe reporting and inclusion riders, this panel addresses where the industry stands now and how to continue to effect change.
Nicole Page, Partner, Reavis Page Jump LLP
As a partner at Reavis Page Jump LLP, Nicole Page specializes in entertainment and employment law. Nicole counsels producers and production companies in connection with issues ranging from financing, rights acquisition, production and talent agreements, fair use and clearance issues and distribution. In her employment practice, Nicole advises individuals and companies to help them navigate matters involving employment and separation agreements, discrimination and sexual harassment. Nicole is also proud to serve as president of the Board of Women Make Movies, an organization supporting women filmmakers and a distributor of films made by women, about women.
Claire Aguilar, Director of Programming and Policy, IDA
Claire Aguilar is director of Programming and Policy at International Documentary Association (IDA). She oversees IDA’s professional development, education, mentorship and training initiatives, and serves as the primary programmer for IDA’s biennial “Getting Real” conference, which is scheduled for September 2018. She sets strategy around IDA’s policy and advocacy work supporting filmmakers around a range of issues.
Karen Chapman, Filmmaker
The daughter of Guyanese parents and a passionate lover of the arts, Karen Chapman graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelors in Media Arts. Last year, she won the Audience Choice Award at the WIFT-T Showcase for her film Walk Good. She has made over 30 short films and her work has screened at dozens of film festivals internationally. Karen was also listed as one of Canada's 17 for 2017, a collection of great Canadian filmmakers of the future.
Efuru Flowers, Head of Film Sales, Producer, Flourishing Films
Efuru Flowers is the head of film sales and a producer at Flourishing Films, which currently represents diverse projects for worldwide sales. Efuru launched Flourishing Films in 2016, and has produced projects including Skylarking, written and directed by Sundance Fellow Tanya Hamilton; Zion Music by Hot Docs alum and Blue Ice Fund recipient Rama Thiaw (The Revolution Won’t Be Televised). Previously, Efuru worked in production for John Singleton, for distributor and broadcaster Alliance Atlantis, and in feature acquisitions at Paramount Pictures. She is an alum of the PGA’s Power of Diversity program, and a 2017 Sundance and 2018 Berlinale Talents Alum.
Nancy Schwartzman, Director, Producer, Media Strategist
Nancy is a documentary film director, producer, and media strategist who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. She directed The Line, a short documentary examining consent that was used by the White House for an impact campaign around sexuality. A globally recognized human rights activist, she serves on the Biden Foundation’s Advisory Council for Violence Against Women. Nancy created the White House award-winning mobile app Circle of 6, designed to reduce sexual violence used by over 350,000 people in 36 countries. Roll Red Roll is her debut feature film.