CherryPicks at SXSW 2018

Why Does A Critic's Gender Matter?

A conversation with top voices from the world of film and music on the impact of limited female representation in film and music criticism. 

Panelists

 Prolific director, producer, actor and distributor  Miranda Bailey  is known for creating high- quality independent films through her companies Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade. Her passion for bringing strong, well-crafted stories to the screen is evident in the diversity of her movies. In a 15-year filmmaking career, Bailey has distinguished herself by producing over 20 films; among them the Oscar-nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, the Spirit Award- winning THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, James Gunn’s SUPER, the Sundance hit SWISS ARMY MAN, as well as the critically acclaimed DON’T THINK TWICE and NORMAN. Bailey is an accomplished director and is premiering her directorial narrative feature YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY starring Jim Gaffigan, Anna Gunn and Samantha Mathis.

Prolific director, producer, actor and distributor Miranda Bailey is known for creating high- quality independent films through her companies Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade. Her passion for bringing strong, well-crafted stories to the screen is evident in the diversity of her movies. In a 15-year filmmaking career, Bailey has distinguished herself by producing over 20 films; among them the Oscar-nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, the Spirit Award- winning THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, James Gunn’s SUPER, the Sundance hit SWISS ARMY MAN, as well as the critically acclaimed DON’T THINK TWICE and NORMAN. Bailey is an accomplished director and is premiering her directorial narrative feature YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY starring Jim Gaffigan, Anna Gunn and Samantha Mathis.

 A native of New York City,  Samantha Mathis  has crafted a distinguished career in television, film theatre. Samantha continues to stay busy in the new year as the lead in the feature film, ALL THAT WE DESTROY, directed by Chelsea Stardust. This follows her four films under her belt from 2017, having most recently wrapped on Miranda Bailey’s “You Can Choose Your Family”, with Jim Gaffigan and Anna Gunn. Prior to that she shot Duncan Skiles “Clovehitch” with Charlie Plummer and Dylan McDermott, Boaz Yakin’s horror-thriller, “Boarding School”, and Alan Rudolph’s “Ray Meets Helen”, with Keith Carradine and Sondra Locke.

A native of New York City, Samantha Mathis has crafted a distinguished career in television, film theatre. Samantha continues to stay busy in the new year as the lead in the feature film, ALL THAT WE DESTROY, directed by Chelsea Stardust. This follows her four films under her belt from 2017, having most recently wrapped on Miranda Bailey’s “You Can Choose Your Family”, with Jim Gaffigan and Anna Gunn. Prior to that she shot Duncan Skiles “Clovehitch” with Charlie Plummer and Dylan McDermott, Boaz Yakin’s horror-thriller, “Boarding School”, and Alan Rudolph’s “Ray Meets Helen”, with Keith Carradine and Sondra Locke.

  Ann Powers  is critic and correspondent for NPR Music. She was formerly the chief pop critic at the Los Angeles Times and a critic for the New York Times, among other publications. She has published three books and edited two anthologies, including (with Evelyn McDonnell) Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap. Her latest book, Good Booty: Sex and Love, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, was published in August 2017 and was called a "classic" by USA Today.

Ann Powers is critic and correspondent for NPR Music. She was formerly the chief pop critic at the Los Angeles Times and a critic for the New York Times, among other publications. She has published three books and edited two anthologies, including (with Evelyn McDonnell) Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap. Her latest book, Good Booty: Sex and Love, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, was published in August 2017 and was called a "classic" by USA Today.

  Claudia Puig  is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a nationally recognized entertainment journalist. She is currently a critic for NPR’s Film Week and a contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She was USA Today’s film critic for 18 years and host of USA Today’s video series The Screening Room. She was also a contributing film critic on KNBC-TV. Prior to that she was a staff writer for 11 years at the Los Angeles Times. Claudia also has written for The Wrap, AARP Magazine was a speechwriter and diversity consultant for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has been program director at the Napa Valley Film Festival, and is currently program director for the Mendocino Film Festival and FilmFest 919 in North Carolina.  Claudia is also much in demand as a moderator for entertainment industry panels and Q&As, and has a consulting business specializing in film analysis, curating, and diversity issues. She has covered the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes film festivals, and has been a juror at dozens of film festivals around the world from Ashland to Zurich.

Claudia Puig is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a nationally recognized entertainment journalist. She is currently a critic for NPR’s Film Week and a contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She was USA Today’s film critic for 18 years and host of USA Today’s video series The Screening Room. She was also a contributing film critic on KNBC-TV. Prior to that she was a staff writer for 11 years at the Los Angeles Times. Claudia also has written for The Wrap, AARP Magazine was a speechwriter and diversity consultant for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has been program director at the Napa Valley Film Festival, and is currently program director for the Mendocino Film Festival and FilmFest 919 in North Carolina.  Claudia is also much in demand as a moderator for entertainment industry panels and Q&As, and has a consulting business specializing in film analysis, curating, and diversity issues. She has covered the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes film festivals, and has been a juror at dozens of film festivals around the world from Ashland to Zurich.