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26 08, 2017

WEHO Women’s Equality Day Ivana Massetti Speech

By | August 26th, 2017|Press, Uncategorized, Women Occupy Hollywood, Women Rights|0 Comments

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WEHO Women’s Equality Day – 8/18/17

Speech by Ivana Massetti
writer-director-producer & Women Occupy Hollywood Founder

Tonight we are celebrating the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which grants women the right to vote.

Thank you to the City of WEHO for giving us the opportunity to get together and watch the important film Equal Means Equal, by the director/activist Kamala Lopez.

Let these words sink in.
Equal Means Equal

In the United States of America, WOMEN ARE NOT GUARANTEED EQUAL RIGHTS by the Constitution.

As you saw in the film, the ERA did pass in 35 States, now 36.

For the first time since 1979, one more state, […]

18 04, 2017

Interview with Vanessa Hope director of the doc “ALL EYES AND EARS”

By | April 18th, 2017|Interviews, Women Directors|0 Comments

 

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A unique voice. A unique filmmaker. A unique background. A unique mind. This is VANESSA HOPE, the writer, director and producer of the documentary “ALL EYES AND EARS”.

The documentary follows the Mormon former Governor of Utah, John Huntsman, in his four-year term as American ambassador in Beijing, China. The ambassador’s story is intertwined with interviews of his adopted Chinese daughter Gracie Mei and blind Civil Rights leader/advocate Chen Guangcheng.

Two men and a girl. Where the men represent the two main faces of the world, the girl represents the future, the question not the answer. Nothing is black and white in this tale. There are many shades of gray, certainly more than fifty.

“ALL EYES AND EARS” is a […]

24 03, 2017

March 26th, 2017 Rally & Walk for Equality & the #ERA

By | March 24th, 2017|Press, Uncategorized, Women Occupy Hollywood, Women Rights|0 Comments

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My name is Ivana Massetti and I’m the founder of Women Occupy Hollywood. I’m a writer-director-producer of films and television.

I was always a feminist and an activist, but I decided to do more for women when I witnessed first-hand the cruel gender inequality that plagues the movie and TV industry in Hollywood. Women are almost completely absent from the cultural NARRATIVE in this country.

Only 4% of the top 1,114 Hollywood films in the past 10 years were directed by women, despite the fact that 50% of film school graduates are WOMEN. In other words, there is no issue of availability or capability of women that justifies that number.

Very few women write movies, direct movies […]

8 03, 2017

March 8 International Women’s Day A #DayWithoutAWoman

By | March 8th, 2017|Press, Women Occupy Hollywood|0 Comments

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On January 21 We Marched. On March 8 We Strike.

On March 8 We Support a #DayWithoutAWoman continuing our partnership with the Women’s March on Washington and the Women’s March all over America.

On March 8 We Stand Up and We Strike.

On International Women’s Day We Celebrate Women All over the Country & We Stand Up for Women’s Rights. Our Rights. 

On March 8 #WeStrikeFor Women’s Rights Are Human Rights. #WeStrikeFor Equal Rights for Women Guaranteed by the Constitution. #WeStrikeFor Ratifying the ERA. #WeStrikeFor […]

22 02, 2017

Women Occupy Hollywood & Equal Means Equal Take a Stand against #OscarsSoMale

By | February 22nd, 2017|Press, Women Occupy Hollywood|0 Comments

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Women Occupy Hollywood & Equal Means Equal Take a Stand against #OscarsSoMale with a Pre-Oscars week of Events & Screenings of the Women’s Rights Documentary Equal Means Equal to Highlight Persistent Sex Discrimination in Hollywood.

WHO:
In answer to #OscarsSoMale again in 2017, Kamala Lopez, filmmaker and activist, and Ivana Massetti, writer-director and Founder of Women Occupy Hollywood, have organized a series of screenings of Lopez’s award-winning documentary EQUAL MEANS EQUAL to let American audiences know that WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ARE NOT GUARANTEED EQUAL RIGHTS BY THE CONSTITUTION. This lack of equal rights for women is reflected in every field in America, including the entertainment industry.

WHAT:
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL is an unflinching look […]

7 11, 2016

Interview with Amy Adrion Director of the Doc ‘HALF THE PICTURE’

By | November 7th, 2016|Interviews, Women Occupy Hollywood|0 Comments

 

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Amy Adrion is the director and producer of the documentary “HALF THE PICTURE” about gender bias against women directors in the entertainment industry. She started her film ten months ago when the debate about women directors was extremely hot. Now we are at the end of 2016 and the data revealed by several institutions is still very depressing. It looks like not so much has changed despite the noise.

So many programs, panels, studies, summits are dedicated to this topic but women directors are still largely unemployed. We don’t know the results of the EEOC investigation yet and we look forward to hearing them.

Women directors still fight to get their first, second and third films off the ground. Many of them refuse to ask […]

13 09, 2016

Interview with Susan McMartin Writer of the Film ‘MR. CHURCH’

By | September 13th, 2016|Interviews, Women Occupy Hollywood|0 Comments

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Before that night when I sat down at the Soho House for the screening of the film “MR. CHURCH”, I had spoken with Susan McMartin just once. During the Tribeca Film Festival we had a conversation on the phone regarding the script she had written ten years earlier becoming a film with such a huge star as Eddie Murphy as the protagonist.

On the phone I had already gotten a glimpse of a special person and a gifted writer, but I wasn’t ready for what happened that night in that exclusive screening room when the lights went off and the opening credits of Mr. Church started to scroll down the screen.

Almost immediately I was emotionally gripped in the story of a little girl, a sick mother and the man sent by an old lover […]

17 06, 2016

In Conversation with Eva Husson director of BANG GANG – A Modern Love Story

By | June 17th, 2016|Conversations|2 Comments

 

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This week WOH supports two films by two women directors from two different countries, one is BANG GANG by the French director EVA HUSSON and the other is PARCHED by the Indian director LEENA YADAV. 

In both films sexuality is the key, or one of the main keys, to knowing oneself and achieving a kind of freedom. Women free themselves by liberating their own sexuality. Young people approach their fear through extenuating sexual activity. That was true in the 70’s and it is still true now in these two women’s films.

The two directors are from different backgrounds and are different ages, but both decided to tell stories in which their protagonists, through sexuality and sex, succeed in moving forward with their lives with a renewed awareness of […]

17 06, 2016

In Conversation with Leena Yadav director of PARCHED

By | June 17th, 2016|Conversations|5 Comments

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This week WOH supports two films by two women directors from two different countries, one is PARCHED by the Indian director LEENA YADAV and the other is BANG GANG by the French director EVA HUSSON.

In both films sexuality is the key, or one of the main keys, to knowing oneself and achieving a kind of freedom. Women free themselves by liberating their own sexuality. Young people approach their fear through extenuating sexual activity. That was true in the 70’s and it is still true now in these two women’s films.

The two directors are from different backgrounds and are different ages, but both decided to tell stories in which their protagonists, through sexuality and sex, succeed in moving forward with their lives with a renewed awareness of […]

11 06, 2016

In Conversation with Anaïs Volpé director of the film HEIS (chronicles) @ LA Film Festival 2016

By | June 11th, 2016|Conversations|5 Comments

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Cinema as a form of expression. Cinema as a necessity. Cinema as an art form.

These are the urgencies that move Anaïs Volpé, the young actress-writer-director-producer who envisioned the cross-media project HEIS (chronicles), which was born as a web series (5 episodes of 11’ each), expanded into a feature film (90’) and also an art exhibition.

HEIS (chronicles) the film had its WORLD PREMIERE in the World Fiction Competition of the LA Film Festival this past Sunday, 6/5, and today, 6/9, won the WORLD FICTION AWARD.

I met Anaïs on Twitter, few months ago, because she was following Women Occupy Hollywood and she told me that her film was in competition at the LA Film Festival in the World Fiction section. I saw the trailer of her film and was so extremely touched by the honesty, clarity and […]