4 Chicago women answer 4 questions about “reel” life in male-dominated film industry.

During the recent Polar Vortex, I moderated a panel discussion following the Chicagoland screening of two important movies made by women:

  1. Runner, actress Clare Cooney’s directorial debut. (Now available: https://youtu.be/0PKtGVJEpdg)
Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter in An Acceptable Loss (IFC Films).
Clare Cooney in the award-winning, 12-minute short film, Runner — her directorial debut. (Shane Simmons)

1. What’s been your overall experience as a woman in this industry, and what do you want girls to know about filmmaking?

Colleen Griffen (Elaine Suzanne Miller)
Ali Burch (Brandon Dahlquist)
Clare Cooney (Emma C. Meyer)
Sarah Moshman (Ryan Morrison)

2. What was the best part about working on your latest film?

Producer Colleen Griffen:
Finishing it and getting it out for the world to see.

Colleen Griffen (Elaine Suzanne Miller)
Ali Burch (Brandon Dahlquist)
The day after Runner (Clare Cooney)
Sarah Moshman (Alana Fickes), shooting Losing Sight of Shore

3. How has being in film impacted your life?

Producer Colleen Griffen:
In a good way. I love the work. I am my happiest when I am in a room of artists and we are discussing the aesthetics and logistics of a scene or film we want to create.

Producer Colleen Griffen’s An Acceptable Loss, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter (IFC Films). As Casey Cipriani recently noted in Bustle, even “…the background faces and voices of the film are astoundingly female.”
Ali Burch as “Dee” in An Acceptable Loss (IFC Films)
Clare Cooney (Windy City Film Festival)
Sarah Moshman and her daughter. (Ryan Morrison)

4. What’s the biggest obstacle you face as a woman in film — and do you see a way to address it?

Clare Cooney, Colleen Griffen, Ali Burch (Jason Rosenholtz-Witt)
Clare Cooney, shooting Runner (Shane Simmons)
Sarah Moshman (Coco Knudson)

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