As female event filmmakers sometimes it feels as if we take a back seat to the men in our industry. If you’ll allow me a Dirty Dancing analogy, we’ve been put in the “corner” of the dinner table. Take a look at any major event built around event filmmaking and you’ll see most of the speakers/presenters/moderators are men. There are a few notable exceptions, Laura Moses of Vantage Point Productions, Tricia Von Lanken of Von Wedding Films, and Kristen* Bliss of Bliss Productions, but on the whole, it’s a lot of men talking about wedding filmmaking. In 2010, these three women, along with Jessica Roman of Ray Roman Films, Terry Taravella of Studio Vieux Carre, and Jennifer Moon of Northern Light Filmworks were the only females represented in our most prestigious industry award, the Event DV Top 25. That’s six women in a field of 25.
I don’t know about you, but this has always created a certain level of cognitive dissonance for me. Weddings are generally centered around women and planned by women. So why on earth aren’t women dominating our industry? We get this stuff! We are wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, best friends, girl friends. We are our clients! We are smart, emotional, passionate, inspired, creative, organized, ambitious, strong, intuitive, talented women. We are artists, storytellers, directors, producers, visionaries, documentarians and entrepreneurs. We are filmmakers.
Because we are all of those things I mentioned and more, two female wedding filmmakers got together this spring and decided it was time to shake things up a bit in our industry. Jennifer Moon and Reagan Zugelter wanted to create an event for female filmmakers and photographers to come together to connect, educate and inspire one another. I think Jen and Reagan knew an important secret. That by bringing us together we would begin to find our voice, but more importantly, we would find the inner strength and the motivation to get ourselves out of the corner. We don’t need a Patrick Swayze to tell our Dad’s “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” We’ll get up and dance all on our own.
Please take a look at the inspiration piece female filmmakers from around the world created while we were attending POSH 2010. If you’d like to read more about the POSH experience, check out my article for EventDV at http://www.eventdv.net/Articles/News/Feature/Inspiration-in-Full-Sail-POSH-2010-72073.htm.