Women in Motion will an exclusive Talk on January 22nd at the Sundance Film Festival featuring award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Fox and producer Laura Rister on women representation in the worldwide film industry

Women in Motion, a program presented by global luxury group Kering, will host an intimate Talk between Jennifer Fox (director and screenwriter of The Tale) and Laura Rister (producer of The Tale) at the Sundance Film Festival. Variety’s New York Bureau Chief, Ramin Setoodeh will moderate the discussion.

The Talk between the two female filmmakers, whose feature film The Tale has entered into this year’s Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition, will explore their personal experiences as women in entertainment. An interactive conversation with the audience will serve to examine how to achieve gender equality in the industry.

The Women in Motion initiative, founded by Kering back in 2015 in partnership with the Festival de Cannes and developing worldwide ever since, sets out to showcase the contribution of women to the film industry, whether in front of the camera or behind it. The Women in Motion Talks have served to create a dialogue around gender parity in film and beyond, and to pool recommendations on the best path forward to create a positive change.

Kering is thrilled to present this Talk during the Sundance Film Festival, especially in light of its ongoing work with the Sundance Institute to support female filmmakers. Since 2016, Kering and the Sundance Institute have combined forces to support women storytellers through a variety of initiatives, including for example workshops for the Women at Sundance Fellows. In May 2017, Kering, through Women in Motion, provided support to Sundance’s first-ever Catalyst Women program, focused on connecting film financiers to female artists. Both organizations share a deep commitment to achieving greater diversity in entertainment by creating opportunities for female creatives to flourish.

Jennifer Fox, writer/director & Laura Rister, producer, The Tale

Based on Fox’s own life experience, The Tale centers on Jennifer, a successful journalist (Laura Dern) whose mother (Ellen Burstyn) finds a story she wrote at age 13 depicting a “special” relationship with two adult coaches.

Fox won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for best documentary for Beirut: The Last Home Movie and also directed and produced An American Love Story for PBS, Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman and the Emmy-nominated My Reincarnation.

Rister is an LA-based film and television producer and oversees production at Untitled Entertainment. In addition to producing The Tale, her credits include Margin Call, The Iceman, Lovelace, and All is Lost, among others.

Ramin Setoodeh, moderator of the Talk is the New York Bureau Chief of Variety.            


Monday, January 22nd

Arrivals & Cocktail Reception: 7:00 PM

Talk: 7:30 PM


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About Women in Motion

Launched in 2015 by Kering, in partnership with the Festival de Cannes, Women in Motion sets out to showcase the contribution of women to the film industry, whether in front of the camera or behind it. The Women in Motion initiative is based on two pillars: Talks open to journalists and industry professionals, which give major figures the opportunity to compare and contrast their experiences and viewpoints around the question of women’s contribution to cinema and to pool their recommendations for greater representation within the industry and ways to move forward. Two Women in Motion Awards are presented each year, one to an inspiring figure who embodies the programme’s values, and another to a young film industry professional, who receives funding support for cinematographic projects.

About Kering

A global Luxury group, Kering develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination,’ Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

The Group generated revenue of €12.385 billion in 2016 and had more than 40,000 employees at year end.


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Press contacts, Americas

Caroline Curtis, Communications Director, Kering Americas

caroline.curtis@kering.com; +1 646 472 6841

Amanda Mondre, Rogers & Cowan

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Marissa Mooney, Rogers & Cowan

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Press contacts, Kering HQ (Paris)

Émilie Gargatte, Head of Press Relations, Kering

emilie.gargatte@kering.com; + 33 6 14 53 50 90