York U panel to discuss sexual assault accusations and changes in film industry


Women with megaphone and audienceTORONTO, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 – Since the first story about Harvey Weinstein broke in The New York Times, accusations of sexual harassment and assault by powerful men in the film and media sectors have continued. The Department of Cinema and Media Arts in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University is hosting a panel of film leaders and filmmakers tomorrow to discuss the issue of sexual harassment in the industry.

The panel will also look at interventions that are reshaping culture within the Canadian film and television sectors, and how hierarchies of privilege within culture industries are changing.

WHAT: Culture Shift: Gender and Diversity in the Film Industry; a panel of leaders and filmmakers will discuss the issue sexual harassment and how the sector is changing.

WHO: The panel will include the following:

Theresa Tova, president of ACTRA Toronto;
Rina Fraticelli, executive director of Women in View;
Jill Golick, president of the Writers Guild of Canada and a member of the University’s screenwriting faculty;
Anita Lee, executive director, National Film Board, Ontario Studio;
Chelsea McMullan, a York University BFA grad and documentary filmmaker; and
Melanie Chung, a producer and director

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 12:30 to 2:30pm

WHERE: Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, York University. See number 26 on Map


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Media contact:

Sandra McLean, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 22097, sandramc@yorku.ca