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Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #7: Robin Hauser Reynolds Asks Audiences to Reflect on Their Biases in ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap’

Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #7: Robin Hauser Reynolds Asks Audiences to Reflect on Their Biases in 'CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap'

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At a time in the United States when the tech sector outpaces the overall growth of the employment market, “CODE” asks the important question: Where are all the women? [Synopsis Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival]

Director Robin Hauser Reynolds shares with Indiewire her goals and challenges in making a film about the gender gap issue in coding.

READ MORE: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers

What’s your film about in 140 characters or less?

“CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. “CODE” raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Now what’s it REALLY about?

“CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” is about an impending economic crisis. Technology is generating coding jobs three times faster than the USA is producing software engineers. “CODE” is about how mindsets, stereotypes, unconscious biases, clogs in the educational pipeline and sexism are deterring girls and women from pursuing education and careers in computer science.

Tell us briefly about yourself.

I’m passionate about cause-based films. I believe in women’s rights but I’m not offended by a man opening a door for me. I’m an avid runner, I love dark chocolate and top shelf tequila. I have two kids I love more than anything else: Holland, 21 and William, 19.

Biggest challenge in completing this film?

Knowing when to stop filming! We had so many potential interviewees -– so many women (and men!) passionate about the gender gap and digital divide in tech. It was hard to select just a few women to profile in “CODE.”

What do you want the Tribeca audience to take away from your film?

1. YOU can learn to code. 
2. We all need to reflect on our unconscious and conscious biases. 
3. There is hope in rectifying the gender gap in tech.

Any films inspire you?

“Born into Brothels” – amazing cinematography, colors, and story.

What’s next?

It’s a secret.

What cameras did you shoot on?

BlackMagic, Sony A7s, Red Epic.

Did you go to film school? If so, which one? 

Nope. I have an MBA from Thunderbird School of International Management.

Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2015 festival. For profiles go HERE.

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