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BYU’s Women in Film Club seeks to close the gender gap in the film industry

BYU Women in Film Club President Lauren Allen practices directing actors in a scene from “The Silver Linings Playbook.” Women in Film Club has restarted this fall semester. (Kaigan Bigler)

BYU’s Women in Film Club restarted this fall semester after disbanding due to COVID-19.

The club seeks to help women in film develop their skills and bridge the gender gap in the film industry, and the meetings consist of workshops where participants can develop and learn new skills in their filmmaking experiences. filming, production and directing.

At the final meeting, held on Wednesday, Nov. 2, BYU drama teacher Kristie Post Wallace offered the group advice on how to work with actors.

“Everyone is scared,” she says. “Everyone. Own everything you do.

Lauren Allen, a junior at BYU and president of the club, said she has worked primarily with men in her film experiences. She said the club wanted to build the confidence of women who wanted to be part of the industry and tried to find ways for women to lead at all levels of production.

Kristie Post Wallace, a theater teacher at BYU, has a sticker that reads “the future of cinema is female” on her laptop. Wallace offered advice on working with actors at the latest Women in Film Club meeting. (Kaigan Bigler)

A mission statement has not yet been developed because the club is so new, Allen said, but they have definite goals.

“We want to be able to grow and develop so that our attitude towards each other and towards our gender is supportive and elevated so that we can tell the best stories and do what we think we are driven to do.” Allen.

Drama and media arts teacher Kimball Jensen said the club had a rocky start a few years ago due to unstable planning which was ultimately halted by COVID-19.

Club Treasurer Anna Nate is grateful the club is restarting and said it was a great networking opportunity.

“The goal is to create connections within film programming, not just with women. We don’t want there to be separations anymore. We’re trying to create a place for women, and men can join in the conversation too,” Nate said.

They meet on Wednesdays at 11am at the West Campus Office and more information about the club can be found on their instagram page.

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