FilmHouse Talk: SFFILM + Working Assumptions – The Intersection of Filmmaki...

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SFFILM and Working Assumptions invite you to join us for an evening of personal conversations about the juggling act of creative work and parenting, particularly for independent filmmakers in the Bay Area. Julie Parker Benello, founder of Secret Sauce Media and co-founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures, will moderate a discussion with Jane Gottesman, founder of Working Assumptions, and local filmmakers A-lan Holt, Tamara Perkins, and Cyrus Tabar. We’ll explore our shared challenges, lessons learned, opportunities, resources, and actions for the film community. The evening will include time for Q & A and audience participation.

All are welcome to join, whether you are a parent, considering parenthood, or interested in the topic of work-life integration as an employee or employer!

In response to your requests to SFFILM, Working Assumptions will generously sponsor childcare at FilmHouse during this event — a first for SFFILM. Registration is required and spaces are limited. If you would like to sign your child(ren) up for childcare, please fill out this form by Monday, January 14 at 5:00 PM. Please note that we will do our very best to accommodate all childcare requests received after the deadline; however, we cannot guarantee spots if requests are received late. We will notify you with availability and/or confirmation so that you can plan accordingly.

About Working Assumptions

Working Assumptions, located in Berkeley, CA, explores the topics of work and family, pregnancy in the workplace, and the economic power of caregiving, as seen through the lens of art and journalism. Its current traveling photography exhibition Showing: (work x family) looks at the intersection of work and family life in the United States today and sheds light on the common ground to be found across genders, generations, and cultures. Working Assumptions seeks diverse artistic approaches to narratives about work and family and also offers wrkxfmly, an innovative curriculum for high school students across the country.

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Julie Parker Benello is the Founder of Secret Sauce Media, her latest venture to produce and invest in surprising and timeless film projects. Julie co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures, in 2005 with a shared belief that diverse women nonfiction storytellers have the power to catalyze change at home and around the globe. She is a producer on Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory 美国工厂as well as longtime collaborator Judith Helfand’s feature documentary, Love & Stuff. She is also an Executive Producer of United Skates (Tribeca 2018) and The Tale ( Sundance 2018). Earlier in her career, she co-produced Blue Vinyl, served as a Production Executive for the company, Non Fiction Films and as an archival researcher for Discovery Channel series Cronkite Remembers. Julie serves on the Board of SFFILM and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Documentary Branch.

Jane Gottesman is the founder of Working Assumptions, a California-based not-for-profit organization. A newspaper reporter in the ’90s, Jane was one of the few journalists at the time covering the broader systemic implications of girls and women having fair access to school-based athletic opportunities. She created the traveling exhibition, book, and education project, Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? Building on her sports-informed insights about the interplay between women’s bodies and women’s public authority, she went on to explore the role of pregnancy in the workplace, working with professional photographers for the project Showing: Pregnancy in the workplace. Working Assumptions has since established the photography program wrkxfmly for high school students to examine the intersection of work and family in their own lives, showcasing student work alongside work by established artists and professional photographers in the traveling installation Showing (work x family). Before Jane began producing exhibitions and education projects, she wrote extensively for newspapers, magazines, and television.

A-lan Holt is a Bay Area playwright, filmmaker and Stanford University educator. She is the youngest playwright to receive a two-year residency at the Public Theater in New York City where her play, The Bottom of Heaven was developed starring Lupita Nyong’o. Holt serves as associate director at Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts where she teaches and supports interventions in art practice, spiritual practice and social justice. Her films have been supported by Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, BlackStar Film Festival, KQED among others.

Cyrus Yoshi Tabar is an Iranian-Japanese-American filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. His films explore American identity, generational immigrant experience, and the intricate complexities of family history. Growing up as the child of immigrants in America, Cyrus often searched for where he belonged in the suburbs of Southern California, summer trips to Japan with his Mom, and home movies from the Iran his father left behind during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Cyrus moved to San Francisco in 2004 to study fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute where he gravitated toward experimental cinema. In 2010, Cyrus began a four-year live-in residency at San Francisco’s legendary theater Artists’ Television Access (ATA).

Tamara Perkins uses film as a vehicle for change, pulling from her work in restorative justice as a grief support facilitator, speaker, and non-profit director to found Apple of Discord Productions. Tamara developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project that train at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for transformation. She brings over 20 years marketing and communications experience, and a decade and a half creating films, media, and media-based training programs. She is an award-winning filmmaker and recognized speaker on filmmaking and criminal justice issues, and was tapped to give a related TEDx talk in 2013.

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