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Female Directors in Hollywood Share Their Stories in ‘Half the Picture’

"An appreciation of directors working at the height of their craft and an inspiration to every girl and young woman who dreams of making films."

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Half the Picture

Logline: A feature length documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood.

Elevator Pitch:

“Half the Picture” is a feature length documentary about women directors in Hollywood, using the current EEOC investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework for conversations with successful women directors about their paths, their struggles, their inspiration and their hopes for the future.

After 11 months of shooting, we’ve completed over 40 interviews with Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke, Miranda July, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kimberly Peirce, Karyn Kusama, Rosanna Arquette, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Mary Harron, Kasi Lemmons, Chris Hegedus, Martha Coolidge, Maggie Greenwald, Penelope Spheeris, Nisha Ganatra, Patricia Riggen, Jennifer Phang, Brenda Chapman, Tina Mabry, and many more. We are now raising money to finish production.

Production Team:

Amy Adrion – Director/Producer

Amy Adrion is a director and writer whose work has played at festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, and Los Angeles Film Festival, been broadcast on PBS and MTV, and won awards including a DGA (Directors Guild of America) Student Film Award. “Half the Picture” is Amy’s first feature documentary and she was recently one of 24 fellows selected for the Women In Film/Sundance Institute Financing Intensive. A graduate of the MFA directing program at UCLA with an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Theology from Georgetown University, Amy has worked in independent film distribution for First Run Features and as an Associate Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. Right now, Amy just wants to make this movie.

David Harris – Producer

David Harris is a producer and executive, currently the VP of Development at Gunpowder & Sky, a multi-platform studio producing digital originals (T Bone Burnett’s “Drawn & Recorded”) and features (the upcoming zombie roadtrip movie “Eat Brains Love”). In his role of VP of Development for the MTV digital studio MTV(other), David produced “Myrna the Monster,” a short which premiered at Sundance, was an official selection at SXSW and is now in development with MGM and Caviar Content as a feature film. He was also an executive producer of the Supervideo series of music videos (directors include Bryce Dallas Howard, Drew Barrymore, and David Ayer), the 2014 reboot of the animated cult classic “Liquid Television,” and the music series “$5 Cover,” created by Craig Brewer and directed by Craig Brewer and Lynn Shelton.

Yamit Shimonovitz – Director of Photography

Yamit Shimonovitz recently received acclaim for her innovative cinematography for the documentary Los Wild Ones, which won many awards including Best Cinematography at Uptown Film Fest. It premiered at SXSW and won Best feature at RiFF film fest. Her current work includes commercials for Apple, Intel and Whole Foods. Born in Israel, and currently based in Los Angeles. She brings attention to detail and inventive problem solving to all the forms in her repertoire: documentaries, features, commercials and music videos.

Soraya Sélène – Director of Photography

Soraya Sélène is an award-winning director and cinematographer, whose work includes narrative features, documentaries, numerous shorts, music videos, and commercial projects. She recently won Best Achievement in Cinematography for short film “Housewarming.” Commercial work includes projects for Unilever, T-Mobile, Dove, Mattell, and Apple Music shooting artists such as Mary J. Blige and Pharrell. Born in France and raised in NYC, Soraya moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue her MFA in Directing & Cinematography at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. She also studied at the Global Cinematography Institute under renowned ASC cinematographers.

Kate Hackett – Editor

Kate Hackett is a feature film editor and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She has edited four independent feature films, among them Sean Hackett’s award winning “Homecoming” and David Martin-Porras’s crime drama “Stealing Summers.” She recently edited a documentary film series for the Sundance Channel on the Sundance Institute’s MENA Theatre Lab. Her short format work includes several episodes of the Yahoo Screen series “Tiny Commando,” featuring Ed Helms, Gillian Jacobs, and Nick Kroll, and the short film “Got the Check” for actress/director Shiri Appelby, featuring Colin Hanks and Alison Becker. In addition, she has edited commercials for companies including Reebok, Walmart, and the anime streaming service Crunchyroll.

About the Film:

“Half the Picture” aspires to be the chronicle of a pivotal moment in our industry, an appreciation of directors working at the height of their craft and an inspiration to every girl and young woman who dreams of making films.

Please help us to finish this film. We are deeply grateful for your support!

Current Status: We’re in the final stages of Production and are rising money to finish the film.

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