“Try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity.
Take up the battle.
Take it up.
This is your life. This is your world.
I’ll be leaving it long before you under the ordinary set of circumstances. You make your own choices. You can decide life isn’t worth living, and that would be the worst thing you can do. How do you know, so far?
Try it. See.
So pick it up. Pick up the battle, and make it a better world.
Just where you are.
Yes, and it can be better, and it must be better, but it is up to us.”
–Thank you, Dr Angelou.
“Maya Angelou” Oprah Presents Master Class. OWN, 2011.
NASA Mission Juno Project
I’m thrilled to announce that my commercial reel is now being hosted on the #Freethebid website. Special thanks to the folks at MAKE for making that happen.
Only 9.7 percent of rostered directors on the Adage Production Company A-List are women – only slightly higher than the seven percent of women who directed the top 250 movies in 2016.
#FreetheBid is an initiative guaranteeing women directors an equal opportunity to bid on commercial jobs in the advertising world. The initiative “calls for brands to encourage their agencies to include female directors in the bidding process and asks production companies to add more women to their rosters.”
The #FreeTheBid website hosts the reels of women directors, both signed to production companies and those without representation. It tracks the work that women do as a result of the initiative and will organize agency screenings featuring female talent as well as events to showcase work done by those who are a part of the platform.
Coca-Cola, McCann, JWT, BBDO, FCB, Mother, Ebay are among those pledging to include women directors in production bids.
#FreeTheBid founder and award-winning director Alma Har’el :
“I’m starting #freethebid so the ad industry can come together and take an affirmative step towards addressing what stops advertisers from working with women directors. I couldn’t have been an independent filmmaker and make the films I love if I didn’t make a living directing commercials. I want to make sure other women filmmakers have the same chance to sustain themselves while being creative and shaping the way women are represented in advertising. We have to start the change right now in the only practical and effective way – let women be heard.”
So yeah, let’s do this!
United Airlines & March of Dimes, mcgarrybowen
“Oprah Presents Master Class” for OWN
AMC Storymakers: Martin Scorsese
“Talking Dead” Chris Hardwick & me after the Georgia heat punched us in the face for 2 days, AMC
SAP NBA Run Live Series, BBDO
LeBron James “Authentic,” SapientNitro
USA Winter Olympics, Charlie White & Meryl Davis for Kellogg’s, Krisper
AMC Interviewing Tom Brokaw on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid for “War Heroes Weekend”
“Iconoclasts” featuring Wyclef Jean & Venus Williams, The Sundance Channel
Tribeca Film Festival coverage for AMC
Carolinas Healthcare System, Campbell Ewald
Special thanks to Bill Winters
for many of these behind-the-scenes shots and for always making our collaborations look so beautiful.
Earlier this month, I attended the Women’s Media Summit in Provincetown, MA. 102 women from around the country met to develop pragmatic and non-partisan solutions to the systemic gender discrimination that infects every level of the media and entertainment industry. You can read more about it here in Huffington Post (below is an extended excerpt). Read More
In honor of Women’s History Month, Mellini Kantayya and I wrote about women pioneers as part of the “Women in Film & Television History” Series for the New York Women in Film & Television blog. Read More
I Am Not Your Negro – Review
James Baldwin, Associated Press.
The Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” is a piercing film about writer, poet, and social critic James Baldwin. He was one of our most critical advocates for equality, and his work holds an essential place in the canon of American literature. The film finds its structure from Baldwin’s own words. Read by Samuel Jackson in the most understated performance of his career, those words have a renewed relevance today. Back-to-back shows have run at the Film Forum this month. It’s one of the most important films you’ll see all year. Read More
It’s January, and that means it’s time for a new season of Friday Night Tykes. The fourth season kicks off Tuesday, January 17 at 9p ET on Esquire Network. While it’s a show about youth football, it’s really a show about parenting — and it’s sparked debate from the US Senate to living rooms across the country. Once again, we ask the questions: how hard should we be pushing our kids? How far is too far? And is youth sports really about the kids or the adults running it?
Check out the new season of Friday Night Tykes s
tarting this Tuesday night at 9p ET on Esquire Network
PS After working on this show for 4 years, shouldn’t I have some sort of honorary degree in youth sports storytelling? Special thanks to the first person who mocks that up for me.
What time is it? It’s time for Busy K’s 2016 booklist! I’m just realizing that most of these books are about war or apocalypse. Thanks 2016!