Friday, September 28, 2018
Gray Area / Grand Theater
2665 Mission Street, San Francisco


Following the screening of Half The Picture, WSFF in partnership with Women and Hollywood, is proud to present a conversation with an esteemed panel of filmmakers and activists to discuss the film’s investigation of the entertainment industry’s systemic discrimination of female filmmakers in Hollywood, how the industry is changing (or not), and the influence of Time’s Up and #Me Too in our culture.




Amy Adrion is a director and writer whose work has played at the Tribeca Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, and Los Angeles Film Festival, been broadcast on PBS and MTV, and won numerous awards including a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Student Film Award. A graduate of the MFA film directing program at UCLA, with an undergraduate degree in Literature and Theology from Georgetown University, Amy has worked in indie film distribution, as a Producer on Awards shows and as a festival programmer. Amy grew up in Hillsdale, New Jersey and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.  HALF THE PICTURE is Amy’s first feature film and had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.


A communications and fundraising consultant, Cristina Escobar has worked for feminist causes for over a decade, using her writing, speaking, and networking skills to address issues she cares about. Cristina recently completed three and a half years as The Director of Communications for The Representation Project where she stewarded the great expansion of the #AskHerMore campaign, the launch of #RepresentHer, and #AskMoreOfHim.


Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women’s freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement. A prolific writer and speaker, her articles appear in the VergeThe GuardianThe NationTimeHuffPost, and The Atlantic. She is the author of the new book, Anger Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger.



Esther Pearl is the founder and Executive Director of Camp Reel Stories. She received her Bachelor’s in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego and her M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from The Presidio Graduate School. She spent 15 years working in Production Management in the entertainment Industry. The majority of Esther’s film career was spent at Pixar Animation Studios where her feature film credits include Academy Award winning films The Incredibles, Wall-e and Monsters, Inc. Esther has been honored for her contributions to Bay Area women in Film, Television, and Media by the San Francisco Women’s Film Institute. In 2018 she received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Advanced Imaging Society.



Melissa Silverstein is a writer, speaker and consultant with extensive expertise in the area of women and Hollywood. She is the founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and entertainment. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity in Hollywood and the global film industry, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017.  She is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College which is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless female leaders. The 9th annual festival will take place from February 28-March 3 2019.

Public Service Announcement produced by Game On! and aired on Comcast Hometown Network in the weeks leading up to the Women Sports Film Festival, 2016. Music by SHEL, Stronger Than My Fears.