Kate Kaminski of Maine – Cineanarchist – Member WIFVNE
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What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman? The biggest challenge for me has always been gatekeepers who have no vision or room for something “outside” what they already know.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?Unfortunately, there’s a difference between what I hope and what I know is an inescapable reality: which is that change will remain very difficult in this industry. I suppose I hope that women makers will (continue to) refuse to take “no” for an answer and that women who do “make it” will pull up those further down the ladder rather than become co-opted by a system designed to keep us out. As far as men in the industry are concerned, I see a continued resistance there and I have no answer to that problem. When you’re the dominant group, it is nearly impossible to imagine giving up that power…
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”? I think it’s essential that we evolve a more inclusive canon and learn a more accurate history of film (including the important role women have *always* had in it), whether through education or critical writing about film (and other media). When male film critics outnumber female film critics by 2 to 1, that’s a problem for women filmmakers. Studies show male critics are much harder on female-driven, female-directed films than they are on those directed by and about men. Critical acclaim is how filmmakers get to make more films, obviously. So 50% equity needs to happen across the board in terms of the film industry, but particularly in the critical arena and, of course, in decision-making in studio board rooms.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?Be prepared to make your own way. Don’t let rejection stop you. Make your film.
What goals do you have for this year?I’m not setting any particular goals for the year (at least not right now). I’m a spontaneous filmmaker, so if I get inspired by something, I’ll just try to make it happen.
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?I’m continually inspired by Maria Giese, the activist-filmmaker who initiated the EEOC investigation into Hollywood’s discriminatory hiring practices. She’s amazing. I’m also inspired by all women in this little corner of the world who continue to make their films in spite of all the obstacles (personal or otherwise) intended to derail their expression.
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on? I’m working on a live performance piece to present at PortFringe (Portland’s fringe theater fest) in June 2019. It’s called “Séance on a Tuesday Afternoon,” and it’s a comedy.
How can your fans find you!? Twitter: @gitgofilms FB: facebook.com/gitgoproductions Insta: @fromthegitgo Websites: katekaminski.com + gitgoproductions.weebly.com