“I have a lot to say about this. It's disappointing that we're not getting to where we need to be. We keep talking about it, which is great, and the conversation is becoming more prevalent in the last five years especially — people are really aware of this thanks to some really in-depth studies about it, but the percentage is not getting bigger. It's still around 6%, which is just insane. And for films with over $100 million budgets, it's even less. It's miniature. Thank god for Ava DuVernay getting A Wrinkle in Time. But no women have ever [been nominated at the Academy Awards] for cinematography — we have a female DP [director of photography] on our film and I was adamant that I was going to hire women as the majority on my film. It's just insane, and it's not a lack of talent. That's what people keep thinking. No, no, no, no. It's not a lack of talent, it's a lack of opportunity.
It's still this boys club. We're trying to embrace diversity and I see that happening. Women are 50% of the population – 51%. We're overtaking, let's do this! I'm always an eternal optimist — that's my attitude with life in general, but it does affect me that we haven't seen much progress with this in the last five years. I've worked as a professional editor for 10 years on commercials, music video clips; this is my first narrative feature as a writer/director, but I've done three documentaries about Greg Louganis, LGBT rights, many things. And still to this day I'm called ‘darling’ and I'm asked what I'm wearing.
As an editor, I've only worked with male directors on commercials, and they all put hands on my legs while I'm editing; they will grab my mouse to start editing themselves. The level of respect that you have to really earn is ridiculous. It's that idea you have to work double time — or maybe put in 10 times the effort — to get what men just get on a daily basis. But I'm up for the hard work. I'm up for the challenge. I really just hope Hollywood starts to embrace this idea and not pretend they're embracing it. We're out there, we're talented, we know what we're doing, we're skilled. I just hope we can turn this around.”