The Lensrentals Podcast Episode #16 – How A Weekend Challenge is Changing the Film Industry
Each week Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals.com, hosts conversations about the art and science of capturing images. From photography to videography, film, history, and technology, the show covers a wide range of topics to educate and inspire creators of all kinds.
How A Weekend Challenge is Changing the Film Industry
Ally is joined by Katrina Medoff and Tracy Sayre who are the executive co-directors of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge which is a women-in-film initiative that places professional filmmakers on crews that write, shoot and edit a short film in just one weekend. Through the WWFC, they have produced 24 films to date with more than 500 professional female filmmakers in New York City. These films have already been selected for 60 film festivals and counting, including the HBO Women in Comedy Festival and Fantasia Film Festival.
Katrina and Tracy got the idea for the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge when they started to notice a lack of women within the film industry. After the suggestion of an all-female film challenge was suggested on social media, Katrina saw a huge response. Shortly their after, the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge was born. To put it directly, the Woman’s Weekend Film Challenge works for gender equity by creating opportunities for women to bring their leadership, talents, and stories to the forefront of the film industry. This program builds all-women teams who then write, shoot, edit and deliver a short film within a weekend on a free platform. But perhaps they can tell their story the best —
- Women’s Weekend Film Challenge Website
- WWFC Instagram
- WWFC Twitter
- WWFC Facebook
- WWFC LinkedIn
- WWFC YouTube
00:30 – Introduction to Ally Aycock-Patterson, Katrina Medoff, and Tracy Sayre
00:45 – Katrina and Tracy talk about how they founded the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge
02:00 – Katrina and Tracy discuss how the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge works
03:00 – Ally goes over Katrina and Tracy’s background in filmmaking
05:45 – Ally, Katrina, and Tracy discuss some of the difficulties they’ve encountered when trying to hire more women in film
07:00 – Talking about some of the sexist challenges they’ve run into on set
09:30 – Katrina and Tracy talk about their history and successes with film festivals and other mediums for distribution of films
13:00 – Katrina and Tracy talk about their upcoming film festival in Los Angeles on Feb 20-23rd
16:40 – BREAK
17:00 – Tracy talks about her personal passion for animal activism
19:50 – At three years old, Tracy and Katrina talk about their history and growth of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge
23:30 – Tracy and Katrina talk about how to apply to be a part of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge
25:00 – Tracy and Katrina talk about some of the success stories that participates have found through referrals from the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge
28:40 – They all talk about the future of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge, from new locations to new events
The Lensrentals Podcast is hosted by Roger Cicala. Our sound engineers are Ryan Hill and Julian Harper. Our other regular contributors include: Sarah McAlexander, Joey Miller, John Tucker, Drew Cicala, and SJ Smith. Our theme was composed by Jacques Granger. You can find more of his work here and here.
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