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RED & SWOON EVENT: Women & Film

SWOON NYC and RED Digital Cinema teamed up for a curated event bringing together Women & Film.


For years, film consumers have been equally divided male and female, yet gender equality in film industry has not changed. From late 1990s till now, less than one-fifth of top 250 films in the U.S. include female directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors. Women tend to direct lower budgeted / grossing productions than men.

Female empowerment is crucial in the film industry because females are hired more frequently when there are female directors. In female directed films, there are 52% writers, 35% editors, 26% cinematographers while in male directed films, there are only 8% female writers, 15% editors, and 5% cinematographers. Across all boards, only 10% of the film industry employs more than 5, 28% employ 3-5, 23% employ two, and 38% employ zero to one females.

Thematically, there are more female documentary than narrative filmmakers. In narrative films, women are more likely to direct drama and animations than action, horror and sci-fi. In all films, less than about one-tenth of protagonists are female.


Kristina Sorge, Director & Producer

Roxy Toporowych, Director

Nilou Safinya, Producer

Jendra Jarnagin, Cinematographer

Julia Zhou, Creative Producer at Big Spaceship

Bernice takes home multiple wins from the San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Monday night’s sold-out screening of the short documentary film, Bernice, was the icing on the cake for what turned out to be an incredibly successful festival. The film took home two awards including the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary in addition to the Audience Choice Award for Favorite Film.    

Bernice travels to the beachy sands of San Diego to take place in the Coronado Island Film Festival, which runs from January 15 – 18, 2016

Program: Documentary Shorts #1 Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016 Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm (PST) Screening Location: Coronado School of the Arts, Black Box Theatre, 650 D Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 Ticket sales & box office location Full schedule & calendar Read about the launch of the Coronado Island Film Festival in the Hollywood Reporter

New York City, get ready for round two! Bernice will appear at the sixth annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College next month!

Athena Film Festival information The story of gallery owner Bernice Steinbaum is a portrait of dedication as she helps women artists and artists of color gain recognition for their work in a world that ignored them. Date: Saturday, February 20, 4PM Location: Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Diana Center LL200 Q&A session to follow screening By purchasing a […]

Independent Magazine names Bernice 2015 Critic’s Pick at DOC NYC

“Your first glimpses of Bernice Steinbaum, one of Manhattan and Miami’s most fondly remembered art gallery owners, will remind you of Iris Apfel, the self- described “geriatric starlet” of her own recent feature biopic”, writes Kurt Brokaw.