Tools For Culture Change: Building Your Production’s Gender Equity Action Plan
On November 3rd, ReFrame, the gender equity coalition founded by the Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles, will launch The ReFrame ReSource – an online, internationally accessible hub of tools, training and best practices for advancing equity and access in the screen industries. Featuring more than 100 resources intended to provide support throughout a project’s lifecycle from development to distribution, the site was designed for industry professionals who are seeking to take action and make their workplaces more inclusive.
Join ReFrame Director, Andria Wilson Mirza, alongside Pamala Buzick Kim, Executive Director of global industry hiring platform Free The Work, and Alex Schmider, Emmy-Nominated Producer and Director of Transgender Media Representation at GLAAD, to hear practical insights drawn from their own experiences as advocates for a more equitable screen industry.
Alex SchmiderEmmy-Nominated Producer and Director of Transgender Media Representation at GLAAD
Alex Schmider is an Emmy®, Peabody, and Critics Choice Awards recognized producer and the Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD where he educates, advises, and consults on transgender and nonbinary characters, storylines, marketing campaigns, and gender inclusion on digital platforms. A member of the Producers Guild of America and the Television Academy, his producing credits include Changing The Game (Hulu), Disclosure (Netflix), Framing Agnes (Kino Lorber), Stay On Board: The Leo Baker Story (Netflix) and Chasing Chasing Amy. Most recently, he was named one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40.
Andria Wilson MirzaDirector of Reframe
Andria Wilson Mirza is the Director of ReFrame, the screen industry’s gender equity coalition founded and led by Sundance Institute and Women In Film. Previously, Andria was Executive Director of Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival. There, she established the world’s only LGBTQ Feature Film Financing Forum, launched two development funds, co-founded the North American Queer Festival Alliance (NAQFA), and spearheaded a multi-year partnership between Inside Out and Netflix. Named ‘one of 15 Canadian women to watch’ by the CBC, Andria has been a featured speaker at festivals including TIFF, Sundance, SXSW, Berlin’s European Film Market, San Diego Comic Con, Oslo Fusion, and the Iris Prize Producer’s Forum. Under her Baby Daal Productions banner, co-founded with her wife Fawzia Mirza, Andria produced their award winning film NOOR & LAYLA for CBC Gem and is in pre-production on Fawzia’s directorial debut feature ME, MY MOM AND SHARMILA. Andria and Fawzia served as advisors on the Sundance documentary SIRENS from Emmy-winning director Rita Baghdadi, and are Executive Producers of Sandra Itäinen’s upcoming queer Muslim documentary COMING AROUND.
Pamala Buzick KimExecutive Director of global industry hiring platform Free The Work
Pamala Buzick Kim (she/her) is the Executive Director of FREE THE WORK, a nonprofit organization leading global companies to actively engage in equitable actions that bring opportunities to underrepresented talent behind the camera. Supported by a network of over 15,000 creators in 181 countries, FTW designs and implements winning strategies to help the world’s largest brands strategize their DEI (gender, ethnicity, orientation, military-veterans, and creators living with disabilities) milestones. Under Pamala’s leadership, we have supported partners such as P&G, Verizon, and Amazon Studios in their diversity goals. Prior to this, Pamala consulted for several successful creative tech marketplaces and owned her own commercial production talent agency. She has recently been honored by the oldest national feminist organization, Gloria Steinem’s Ms. Foundation, for her contributions.