This Changes Everything Screening Spotlights Hollywood's Gender Problem

Director Tom Donahue answers audience questions with Woodstock Film Festival Co-founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein.

Director Tom Donahue answers audience questions with Woodstock Film Festival Co-founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein.

This past Friday, the Woodstock Film Festival and Upstate Films hosted a special screening of the documentary THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING to a packed house in Rhinebeck, New York. Executive produced by Geena Davis and directed by Tom Donahue, this pivotal documentary investigates the systemic and historical forces behind the endemic underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women in Hollywood. Exhaustively researched, the film features interviews with industry luminaries from both sides of the camera, including Geena Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, Jill Soloway, and many others as they identify the problems with and propose solutions for the gender gap in film and media.

The event wrapped with a Q&A session attended by director Tom Donahue, a Woodstock Film Festival alum, where audience members were treated to an in-depth look into the behind-the-scenes process of the film’s research and production, and to an even deeper glimpse into today’s state of gender disparities. The film, which Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein called “frustrating and inspiring at the same time, placing Hollywood front and center in a call to action,” had a crew that was 75% women, a rarity for the industry. The screening provided fertile grounds for discussion between viewers and filmmaker, with some attendees expressing interest in organizing future screenings of the film for their colleges, high schools and communities.

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is out now in select theaters. For more information about tickets and showtimes, visit the film’s website here.