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The Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase presents Director Tom Donahue, who will appear for a Q+A with the audience following the 7:30 p.m. screening of his film THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING on Friday, September 13.
The Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase is supported by The Friends of The Ross.
Tickets for the screening are at regular Ross prices.
Told first-hand by some of the industry’s leading voices, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is a feature documentary that uncovers what is behind one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry -- the under-representation and misrepresentation of women. It takes an incisive look behind and in front of the camera, into the historical and empirical evidence, and systemic forces that foster gender discrimination and reinforce disparities in our culture. Backed by hundreds of stories and overwhelming data, director Tom Donahue illuminates and unpacks an inherently misogynistic Hollywood machine. The film is a call for change and accountability, seeking and proposing solutions from inside Hollywood and around the world.
Donahue is a director and producer of narrative and documentary features and co-founder of CreativeChaos vmg, a production company located in New York City. His latest feature, This Changes Everything is an examination into gender inequality in Hollywood. His past feature documentaries include Hulu's THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. Called "gut wrenching" and "important" by The New York Times, the film is an examination of failed mental health policy in the U.S. military. It includes interviews with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General David Petraeus, General Loree Sutton, General Peter Chiarelli, Gary Sinise, Sebastian Junger and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen.
Donahue's Emmy-nominated HBO feature documentary, CASTING BY was hailed as one of the top five docs of the year by the National Board of Review and was reviewed as "outstanding!" by legendary critic Leonard Maltin. It won the 2014 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary of the Year from the National Alliance of Women in Media.
Donahue directed the feature documentary, GUEST OF CINDY SHERMAN, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (5 stars, Time Out; "A work of art" -Variety) . It opened theatrically in March 2009 and was selected as a New York Times Critics Pick when it premiered on the Sundance Channel that year.