Episode: 015: Broadening Women’s Roles in Hollywood, a Camp Reel Stories participant’s pursuit of diversity in the film industry


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015: Broadening Women’s Roles in Hollywood, a Camp Reel Stories participant’s pursuit of diversity in the film industry

In this episode of Equitable Opportunity Radio, Sydney Torrens, a high school student and participant in Camp Reel Stories joins the conversation to share her perspective on the media’s role in shaping people’s perception of world. Even as a young adult, Sydney understands the huge impact the media has on women’s ability to participate equally in the workplace and in the economy. She explains how Camp Reel Stories has provided her with the inside scoop on Hollywood and guidance on how women are successfully navigating the famously male-dominated film industry.

Topic: Broadening Women’s Roles in Hollywood and Pursuing Diversity in the Film Industry

Guest: Sydney Torrens is a student from Saratoga High School in San Jose, California. Sydney attended Camp Reel Stories during the summers of 2014 and 2015.

Organization: Camp Reel Stories is a one-week media camp for girls who want to learn how to make movies in the new digital media era. The camp has a powerful team of women active in the industry who will teach the “secret language” of media – the skills, tools and technologies. Working in small, collaborative groups, this camp gives the campers the opportunity to make and broadcast their own short films through:

  1. Production Classes
  2. Media Literacy Lessons
  3. Leadership Workshops

Film and Television is a multi-billion dollar industry and it can seem very secretive and exclusive, but the industry is going through a process of great transformation right now. Anyone can tell their story and distribute it to the world via online and social media platforms like youtube, vimeo, etc… Girls are still famously underrepresented, both behind the scenes and on screen, but Camp Reel Stories intends to teach our campers that, with the right tools and training, they hold the key to a revolution in the media industry. Their dreams are within reach.

Website - http://campreelstories.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CampReelStories

Twitter -  https://twitter.com/CampReelStories

Take Away Quotes:

“Esther took all of our films and distributed them to a bunch of different film festivals... It was just the coolest thing… They played our film with several other young filmmakers… It was just great to be there amongst other young filmmakers and also filmmakers who have been in the business for a while.”

“It was really eye-opening to see how the film industry runs, and see how these women have made their way through it. It’s such a tough business, so it was really inspiring to see people who have made it successfully.”

“It got me excited… It exposed me to the issues of gender inequality in film and media… It opened up a door, and the door just kind of said, ‘This is for you, you should come in and be a part of this movement to get women in film.’”

“I met so many incredible women, and I just learned that there is a need for diversity in Hollywood, and I definitely want to be someone who brings that to the table.”

“When you look up to these women who are so interesting and have such awesome lives, like Esther, she has an incredible life, she’s had this awesome career, and it definitely showed me I can have something similar to that if I go down this path.”

Additional Resources:

Watch Sydney’s latest Camp Reel Stories film: http://campreelstories.com/films/sleepy-house/

Watch Sydney’s film from Summer 2014: http://campreelstories.com/films/filtered-eyespot-films/

Hear Sydney’s thoughts about being part of the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest): http://campreelstories.com/a-powfest-recap/

Learn more about the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest): http://powfest.com/

Be a part of creating a more inclusive media landscape by supporting Camp Reel Stories’ efforts to empower and train young women for careers in the film industry: http://campreelstories.com/donate/

Do you know a girl who might benefit from Camp Reel Stories? Apply to be part of Camp Reel Stories: http://campreelstories.com/2015-application/

Does your favorite movie pass the Bechdel Test? Check out the Bechdel Test Movie List: http://bechdeltest.com/

 

 

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