How Karen Allen Has Lived Her Life on Her Own Terms

“The unexamined life is the wasted life.” – Joan Anderson, author of A Year by the Sea Life just keeps getting fuller for actress Karen Allen. At 64 she plays the lead role in the new film Year by the Sea and later this year she will direct her first film—a project she’s wanted to […]

Hollywood’s Gender Imbalance

Long before the topic of the lack of female directors in Hollywood became the flavor-of-the-year issue, Tara Johnson-Medinger was on the front lines fighting against the status quo. Johnson-Medinger has been a pioneer in the support of women in filmmaking for the past nine years as the executive director of POWFest: The Portland Oregon Women’s […]

Aging Out

Aging Out: Hollywood’s Problem With Women Over 40 My friend Jenica Bergere is on the cusp. Jenica is pregnant with her second child, and at six months in, she laughs because she looks as if she’s at nine months and ready to pop. At 39, she’s glowing and lovely in her typical rocker-mama outfits, with […]

Turning Up the Heat on Ageism in Hollywood

In countless other buddy cop and action movies, men well into their 40s and even 50s have sex with a plethora of gorgeous 20-somethings and there’s never any reference to their age. The rules are simply different for men than they are for women. I went to see The Heat last week, not because I’m a fan […]

Short Films By Women Directors

I love short films. I love watching them almost as much as I love making them. A well-done short film is satisfying to watch and doesn’t require a huge time commitment. Also, because there is usually no financial upside to making short films, the business is taken out of the entertainment, resulting in pure creative […]

Breaking the Chain

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”― Madeleine Albright 2006 Fresh from completing my latest short film, I felt inspired! Good things were happening: My mission was strong (to make films by, for and about women over 40), Sheryl Sandberg’s book,“Lean In” had just come out, and Sundance had […]

How to Fix Hollywood’s Gender Age Wage Gap

In Hollywood or in the corporate world we’re still paid less, we keep hitting the glass ceiling and we continue to try to climb the proverbial ladder. (This is for those who may have lived under a rock for the last 100 years.) An academic study recently published in the Journal of Management Inquiry followed movie stars’ […]

Guest Blog for Divorced Girl Smiling

25 May One Way of Coping With Divorce: Laugh! Written by Jackie Pilossoph. Posted in coping with divorce I can’t remember how I found out about Ending Up, Paige Morrow Kimball’s new short film about coping with divorce, but what I do remember is that when I watched the trailer, I was laughing so hard […]

Seeking Role Models

When Lesley Nicol calls me “Dahling,” I completely melt. With her velvety English accent, fair complexion, and twinkling blue eyes, she’s like something out of a Dickens novel. I find myself yearning to don a parasol and sip tea with pinkie raised in a garden somewhere. I listen attentively as she tells me her life story, which […]

My Blue Tuxedo Pants

“I wore them on the nights that I felt particularly confident, when I didn’t worry about the rules. And on those nights, I wore them very well.” There are some pieces of clothing in my wardrobe that have stayed with me through the years, long after they were gone from my closet. A pair of […]