“Nevertheless” Virtual Film Screening & Panel Discussion

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Everyone deserves to be safe at work. While social change is taking place in our streets and communities, there is still a fight for safety and dignity at work. Only ⅓ of all workers have the flexibility and option of working from home. Those who can’t work from home continue to experience workplace harassment and discrimination – this time, aggravated by pandemic.

Join ERA Executive Director Noreen Farrell for a special online screening of the documentary Nevertheless and a “kitchen table” chat afterward with special guests, including the filmmaker, Sarah Moshman. The film features interviews with ERA Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice & Public Policy Jessica Stender, and highlights multiple anti-sexual harassment laws ERA was instrumental in passing in California over the past few years, which have become the country’s most progressive anti-sexual harassment laws. 

Be inspired by the stories of women fighting incredible odds for justice and join our call to action. Together, let’s re-imagine a workplace after the pandemic where everyone is safe.

At this virtual event we will be showing the film, which will promptly be followed by a panel discussion featuring Mira Sorvino, Noreen Farrell, Amaani Lyle, and Sarah Moshman, and Kathleen Tarr.

Panelists

  • Noreen Farrell, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates
  • Noreen Farrell is a nationally recognized leader on gender justice and the architect of several high impact collaborative campaigns to improve the lives of women and families. Honored as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal and a Top Women Leader in Law and Top Legal Innovator by The Recorder, Farrell has led landmark litigation and policy reform efforts to improve the lives of women and girls at work and school as the Executive Director at Equal Rights Advocates. She chairs the Stronger California Women’s Agenda Campaign and the Equal Pay Today! Campaign and is regularly featured as a thought leader in the media. Farrell has represented thousands of women and girls combating unfair treatment at work and school, including before the U.S Supreme Court, and regularly testifies before legislative bodies. 
  • Amaani Lyle, Activist and Plaintiff, Lyle v. Warner Brothers 
  • Amaani Lyle is an activist fighting workplace harassment who garnered national attention for her lawsuit against Warner Brothers after being terminated from the popular television show “Friends” — where she was the first woman of color to be on the show’s creative team — for speaking up about racism and sexism on set. Though her 6 year-long legal battle which reached the California Supreme Court resulted in a ruling in favor of the defendant, Lyle’s case brought attention to the issue of workplace discrimination and harassment in Hollywood, empowering others to speak out about their experiences and opening up an important conversation in the industry. Lyle has been immersed strategic communications and creative writing for +25 years. Currently a freelance writer, social media maven, and 18-year Air Force veteran, Lyle has used her pen, camera, and keyboard to cultivate a global audience with a reach of millions. Her résumé includes projects from America Online to Nickelodeon, MTV, NBC and even the Pentagon and the White House. Lyle continues her freelance communication and travel journalism endeavors in Alexandria, Virginia, with her cat, Harper. 
  • Sarah Moshman, Nevertheless Director
  • Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment, (Girls Rock! Chicago (2010) and Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run (2012)) she set out to direct her first feature doc The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things (2014) which has been globally screened over 700 times in schools, organizations and corporations starting conversations about gender equality. With Indieflix as the distributor, the film has been sponsored by brands like Nordstrom, American Girl and Microsoft to spread this message. Sarah’s second feature doc, Losing Sight of Shore, follows the incredible journey of four women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean. NEVERTHELESS is Sarah’s third feature doc which takes a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Time’s Up to shine a light on the sexual harassment crisis.
  • Mira Sorvino, Actress, Advocate, and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador 
    Mia Sorvino is an Academy Award winning actress who serves as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador against human trafficking and an advocate and spokesperson for Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women program. Sorvino is a pivotal leader in the #MeToo movement and was one of many actresses who spoke out about being sexually harassed and blacklisted by film producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017. She is a fierce advocate for survivors and has written several guest columns in popular media outlets about her experiences with gender-based harassment in the film industry. 
  • Kathleen Tarr, Filmmaker, Advocate, and Lecturer, Stanford University
    Kathleen Antonia Tarr is founder of the annual Getting Played Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards, born of her feature documentary Getting Played: Who’s Playing You?! which received Honorable Mention at the 2010 IBWFF. Going on its seventh year, the Getting Played Symposium puts into conversation experts from entertainment, law, psychology, community organizing, and academia and elevates recognition of individuals whose lesser celebrated contributions are crucial for evolution of the industry. An award-winning vocalist and filmmaker with stage, film, television, and commercial acting credits, Kathleen’s artistic expertise intersects with her years as a civil and human rights attorney in her decades-long effort to usher Hollywood’s employment practices further toward inclusion, equity, and diversity. A former Skadden Fellow, her 2015 General Session at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting – joined by guests Edward James Olmos and Amy Pietz – was delivered to over 1000 attorneys and shaped her law review article Bias and the Business of Show: Employment Discrimination in the “Entertainment” Industry. Kathleen has served as Black Laurel Film Festival juror and UN Women (San Francisco) Global Voices Film Festival judge. Her own short I Have All The Feelings was an Official Selection at the IBWFF in 2014, and in 2015 her short sci-fi film Early Aliens was an Official Selection at ASTRONOMMO: Speculative Fiction on Film + Black Women. Kathleen writes and produces for Novel Approach, LLC and What The … Productions and currently teaches at Stanford University in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.

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