Film industry panel explores sexual harassment Jan. 23

Since The New York Times first published a news story on Oct. 5, 2017 chronicling accusations of sexual predation levelled against Harvey Weinstein, many men and women in film and media industries around the world have come forward with their own stories of harassment and assault at the hands of powerful men.

On Jan. 23, from 12:30 to 2:30pm, the Department of Cinema and Media Arts in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University, is convening Culture Shift: Gender and Diversity in the Film Industry, a panel of industry leaders, filmmakers and activists, to discuss the issue of sexual harassment and the powerful interventions that are reshaping culture within the Canadian film and television industries. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The panel features Theresa Tova, president of ACTRA Toronto, Rina Fraticelli, executive director of Women in View; Jill Golick, president of the Writers Guild of Canada (York Screenwriting faculty); Anita Lee, executive director, NFB Ontario Studio; York BFA grad Chelsea McMullan, documentary filmmaker; and Melanie Chung, producer and director.

This panel is both timely and empowering as it discusses the effort to transform embedded hierarchies of privilege within culture industries.

This event will take place in the Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building, Keele Campus.