Maria Giese of Connecticut – Writer, Director, Activist – WIFVNE Member
What’s the best part about your work?Far and away, the best part of my work has been writing, directing, and collaborating on films and TV projects, however, the most effective work I have done has been battling for American women filmmakers as a collective.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman? I have faced severe under-employment, lack of access, poor representation, and retaliation for activism for women directors.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?I hope to see 50/50 gender representation on screen and behind the scenes in all US entertainment media content. I believe that will come through outside intervention into our industry: legal action, legislative reform, state tax incentive programs, and federal enforcement of Title VII (equal employment opportunity law).
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”? Awareness. Read about it, talk about it, tell your representatives about it. Make sure our great EXISTING laws ensure equal employment opportunity for ALL women in our nation’s entertainment media. We ARE the stories we tell.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?Every woman who becomes a filmmaker is a pioneer and a trailblazer. Charge ahead with a team of women and a machete. When women can participate equally in our cultural narrative, we will also share equally in our power structure.
What goals do you have for this year? I hope to direct a children’s film, and I plan to help instigate an industry-wide legal action to challenge employment discrimination against women in US entertainment media.
What women in the region (New England) inspire you? There is so much female talent in New England, I am inspired by each and every one. Every voice has the potential to change the world– let’s make sure each one of us has a fair shot at contributing to our nation’s cultural narrative through entertainment media storytelling.
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?I am helping promote the brilliant feature documentary, “This Changes Everything,” about the battle for equality for women in Hollywood will hit the theaters this spring. Directed by Tom Donahue, I truly believe this film might live up to its title. And please watch my TEDx talk on this issue: “The Battle for Female Voices in Entertainment Media” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P5ZCP29CxI
How can your fans find you!? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Instagram: @maria_giese |Twitter: @MariaGiese | www.mariagiese.com