In Part 1 of this discussion, Maria Giese discusses her experiences as a female writer and director in the film industry. She explains how women are discriminated against and excluded from the directing profession. She also discusses how she put her career aside to cultivate a collective change for all female directors. Maria also mentions the struggles that she has faced as a female director trying to procure work in episodic television.
Maria then discusses how the first diversity committee at the DGA was formed, as well as shares her perspective on the effectiveness, and lack thereof, of the DGA Diversity Program’s impact on the film and television industry, and its efforts to increase diversity hires over the years.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this intriguing and important discussion.