“Hello all you nasty women,” Tribeca Productions co-founder Jane Rosenthal exclaimed at the Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program luncheon, which took place at Locanda Verde in New York City on Tuesday.
The nearly all-female crowd, which included Katie Holmes, Mamie Gummer, Emily Mortimer, Sienna Miller and Zosia Mamet, roared their approval to the Hillary Clinton reference. And with election night quickly approaching, the event’s speeches were sprinkled with political overtones. Rosenthal continued: “In two weeks from today I hope we break through the biggest glass ceiling.”
Attendee Mary Lambert, who coincidentally directed the famous “Nasty” video by Janet Jackson, was thrilled with what’s happened to “nasty woman” since Donald Trump uttered the phrase at the third debate. “It was so much fun to see it appropriated in that way and to take a negative and turn it into a positive and make fun of the person who said it,” she said gleefully.
EVP of Tribeca Productions and producer Paula Weinstein also couldn’t help invoking the upcoming election noting, “I’m so happy to see you all here and particularly happy in view of the vulgarity and the language that has been presented to us through this campaign on one side.”
The “Through Her Lens” event kicked off a three-day workshop where five rising women filmmakers are mentored by a panel of experts and compete for $100,000 to be used for development of their project. One of the mentors, Rashida Jones, thinks the progress women directors have made on the small screen is already happening for movies. “I feel like it’s happening,” she told Variety. “From what I’ve felt and seen from my friends in development. Everyone wants it to happen.”