Last weekend I had the honor of speaking on a panel about “What it’s like for a female director”. The event was hosted and organized by Gal's Guide to the Galaxy. Gal’s Guide is an absolutely wonderful organization that believes that women need to build each other up and not tear each other down. They believe that we can build a better metaphorical rocket ship that will change the course of our community and beyond. And if last weekend’s event is any indication, they had a very successful launch to their mission. The day started with Barbara Ann O’Leary, the mastermind behind the Directed by Women worldwide event followed by a quick keynote from Gal’s Guide General, Kate Chaplin. I shared the panel “what it’s like for a female director” with Kate Chaplin, Trisha Borowicz, Carmen Jameson and Madelyn Ritrosky. It was such a thrill to be a part of not only the panel but the entire event and I walked away truly inspired by all the wonderful women that I met and shared time with. The very best part of the day was when I walked in and finally met Barbara Ann O’Leary. I had known about her for over a year and of course we’re Facebook friends but actually meeting face to face and getting that awesome hug made my 3 ½ hour drive worth every minute. You see, if it wasn’t for Barbara I wouldn’t have had the great “launch” of RANDOM last year. But because of her help, my premiere and Directed by Women event were a complete success.

It’s not too late for you to get involved with the Directed by Women worldwide viewing party. The entire month of September is dedicated to inviting the world to fall madly in love with & wildly celebrate women filmmakers & their films. As a matter of fact if you’re in the Bloomington, IN area there is an event coming up on September 24th, where you can not only support women directed films, but also see my short film RANDOM. It will be held at the Farmers House Museum in Bloomington, September 24th at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in EDT. I will be there along with Evie Marie Warner (But I'm An Actress); Lisa Maydwell (Cooking with Munchies, episode 5); Kalynn Huffman Brower (Cow Chip); Jia Wei (Worry Box); and Madelyn Ritrosky (My Brother's Shadow).

To find out more about Directed by Women, Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Sept. 24th event click on the links below. See you at the movies, directed by women.

Directed by Women - http://directedbywomen.com

Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy - https://galsguide.org

Directed By Women Viewing Party - https://www.facebook.com/events/1735574720029082