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Women In Film Portraits: A New Series

Lauren Sowa Announces Sequence of Interviews to be Published at The Independent  

In 2016, I began interviewing and photographing hundreds of talented and creative women about their experiences working in the film industry. This project was animated by my own desire, as a filmmaker, to meet and work with more women. The inspiring stories I gathered are all unique—individual tales of desire, success, and struggle. Still, patterns emerged when I spoke to the women, ones that make clear the need for female solidarity in this business.

As I listened to these women, echo sentiments shared by so many of their peers—of self-doubt, inequality, finding a tribe, and the importance of supporting each other—a vision and purpose for this project took shape. Women in Film Portraits is a series about supporting, cheering, helping, and connecting with women. It goes deeper into conversation with some of the up-and-coming independent filmmakers I profiled back in 2016 and introduces you to new ones. In an industry where female voices are still underrepresented, this project is timely and vital.

Women in Film Portraits will launch in January with a profile of Iranian-American Director Natasha Kermani; new interviews will appear monthly in the magazine. All photos and early interviews from the 2015 archive are available on Instagram @WomenInFilmPortraits.

January: Natasha Kermani

February: Kaliya Warren

March: Caroline Mariko Stucky

April: Alicia Slimmer

May: Danielle Eliska Lyle

June: Alex Cirillo and Dani Faith Leonard

July: Lauren Atkins

August: Joanna Pickering

September: Autumn Moran

October: Naomi McDougall Jones

November: Christina Kallas

December: Kisha Barr

About :

Lauren Sowa is an independent filmmaker. In 2016, she and Tim Eliot founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. As an actor, Lauren has been featured in the films 42 Seconds of Happiness (now available on Amazon Prime), Café Artist, The Rainbow Experiment (premiering at Slamdance 2018), and The Devil’s Well (to be released January 2018). Her portrait project Women in Film Portraits can be found on Instagram. BFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.