The woman in the film, Los Angeles, organized her first fundraiser since the start of the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic in 2019. Formerly known as the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the WIF Honors: Trailblazers of the New Normal gala was held Wednesday night before the LA entry at the recently opened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, giving all participants proof of vaccination as well as 72 of a negative COVID-19 test event. Was conducted less than an hour ago.
At the ceremony, the organization debuted the Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award, which was named after its inaugural recipient and presented by Rooppal in a wonderful appearance. During her awards speech, Fonda emphasized the importance of concerted action and the power of women to influence change. Fonda declares, “In this room you have a superpower for creating movies and television shows that can change how people see things.” “That’s what changes culture.”
He continued, “Wait, want to change how things are and it’s not a sprint or a marathon. It’s a relay race. And I see this award, this award I think is a torch that carries a new generation of workers year after year. Will be given to those who will hopefully do better than my generation.
The Crystal Award was given to three creative collaborators. Zendaya and producer Ashley Levinson were recognized for violating the conventional compensation system with the shared equity model for their film “Malcolm and Mary”.
WIF has honored Marley Matlin and director Sean Header for representing the front and back of the camera in their “CODA” photo. “Hacks” was celebrated by Coaster Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder to draw attention to the important issues that WIF seeks to address, including sexism, autism and harassment. Atlanta star Jazzy Beatz, who was not present at the event, was named Max Mara Face of the Future Honorary.
During the dinner program, host Jenny Young interviewed the awardees on stage. Zendaya and Levinson discussed the creation of “Malcolm and Mary” between the epidemic and the film’s unique financial structure, which ensured that everyone involved in the production was a profit partner.
Zindaiah, the film’s co-financier, explained, “There was a world where we hoped that one day we could sell it and make some money, but we felt that if we did that, the people who were there with us every day, “Those who came there and took the risk of creating this industry with us should take part in it. It seemed fair. It seemed like the right thing to do.”
“It didn’t feel any wiser because we made it together and it was really a labor of love,” he added.
Levinson said he hoped future productions would emulate their models. “If we’ve learned anything in the last few years, it’s to challenge the convention and take risks in what we believe in and come together as artists and support each other.”
Zendaya mentioned that while she believed the film was proof of the industry’s progress, she acknowledged that there was still work to be done. “I don’t think it’s a lack of talent, it’s a lack of opportunity,” he said.
“There is always the idea that there can only be one and I oppose that idea. When you open the door, your job is to keep it open for other people to enter. “
Smart on the red carpet and Ainbinder, who were both paired with Velvet Max Mara Tuxedos, shared their thoughts on solidarity among women in the industry. “I think in the past, when women got to the top, they would have this kind of feeling like there’s just so much space here, I’m not going to reach down and give you a hand,” Smart said. Diversity. “And I think that’s changed a lot.”
Ainbinder added, “The more women in power, the more women and women’s stories are going to spread. Many times the culture is shaped and controlled by men. And in the past, it was true that there was a spot because they needed so much, but now we women are so desperate for these stories to revolve around and women telling these stories, which to me is the answer to all of this. ”
Header explains the decision to instruct everyone to learn American Sign Language on the set of “CODA” Diversity“It was necessary to create an environment where we could all cooperate freely without any boundaries, and to do that, we had to communicate on set.”
He added, “I think all sets can benefit from using sign language as you can talk while rolling, you can communicate remotely, you don’t need a walker, it was amazing.”
Matlin described the experience as “magical.” “It was amazing to be at lunch for example where everyone was signing in sign language,” Matlin said. Diversity. “It was my world. I was really my element. Still we were making a movie. Doing something we all love to do. I’m looking forward to many more experiences like this.”
The WIF honors were sponsored by Max Marar for eighteen years, along with visionary partners Shivhans Pictures and Lexus and major partners Google and Stars.