Filmmaker Vanessa Parise on filmmaking and patriarchy in Hollywood

Filmmaker Vanessa Parise commented on some of the issues that make the field so challenging for women: “I’ve certainly experienced that it’s difficult as a woman director to be able to star in your own movies, whereas there are so many men who do that… When we were getting the financing, there were some companies that wouldn’t give me the financing if I wanted to star in it, so I said no.

“The next movie I do I want it to be bigger, and I don’t know how much of a struggle it will be yet, because the studios, by and large, are where you find the ‘boys clubs.’ I’m hoping that won’t be the case, but there are so few female directors there is certainly some kind of bias.

“I don’t know if it comes on the side of the financiers or that women just don’t want to have so much responsibility, and want to have a family. There was no way I could have a family when I was working this hard and this much on the film.”

Vanessa Parise [quotes from The Tech / MIT interview Sept 10, 2002] about acting, writing, directing and producing her film Kiss The Bride [dvd]

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