The Sundance Film Festival panel “Her Story, Our Story” on empowering women in the film industry and the upcoming holiday film “Christmas Couples Retreat”

(Last update: March 16, 2023)

The “Her Story, Our Story” panel recently took place at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The enlightening, thought-provoking, engaging and in-depth discussion delved into the topic of women’s empowerment in the film industry and its representation and impact. application, as evidenced by the upcoming film of 2023, Couples Christmas retreat. Featured panelists included Emmy-winning and award-winning producers and actresses;

Vincent de Paul, two-time Emmy@-winning writer and executive producer. Five Arts Films & Studios LLC

Karine Michaelactress, award-winning journalist, executive producer and founder of Tallulah Films.

Christine Marieinternational speaker, actress, model and founder and CEO of Starin Strategies.

• Vanessa MeadowsSAG-AFTRA actress, filmmaker, singer-songwriter, producer, director, editor and speaker.

• Kimberley Skyrmecasting director, producer, writer, and director.

Panelists shared their personal experiences while leading conversations about empowerment in the film industry as well as the challenges and opportunities for women in film, how the industry can continue its progress towards gender equality , and the movie Couples Christmas retreat.

The film follows three couples who attend a retreat hoping to strengthen their respective relationships under the guidance of a famous therapist, Dr. Fiona Gerard (Vanessa Meadows). The story highlights each couple’s personal and unique journey, celebrates the courage, perseverance and talent of women in film, and speaks to the vital importance of equal representation while addressing and challenging norms. society and the stereotypes that can go to their heads. .

Couples Christmas retreat is executed produced by Ron Wollaston and Vincent De Paul, co-written by Salvatore V. Zannino, Jimmy Clabots, Anthony Mormile and FD Lewis, and stars Karina Michel, Brendan Tyler Russell, Dana Jamison, Vanessa Meadows, Christene Marie, Leah Villone, Anthony DiVirgilio, Sherrod Taylor and Oscar-winning actress Margaret O’Brien.

Michel had this to say about the discussion. “It was such a pleasure to be part of the Sundance panel with Vincent and the ladies of Couples Christmas retreat. It was a wonderful setting and hearing everyone reflect on their experience of how they prepared for the roles and molded their characters into the strong women that they are.

And Meadows summed up his experience this way. “What a fantastic journey these panels have taken for all of us as we discover and share the magic of what it is to bring meaningful history to life in our own personal way. The driving message I heard throughout another is HOPE, HEALING and HEART. That’s why I’m doing this!”

“Sundance 2023 has been a standout year for filmmakers. The ‘His Story, Our Story’ panel at Blue Church Lodge in Park City truly explored the narrative of filmmakers coming together to tell ‘their’ stories. It was such a pleasure to answer questions about acting and producing Couples Christmas retreat with such a large company of industry professionals. The voice and the energy were inspiring,” commented Vincent De Paul (Zannino), two-time Emmy winner and executive producer of the Couples Christmas retreat.

The “Her Story, Our Story” panel is another educational and empowering step in the ongoing quest to advance the work of women filmmakers… Mission accomplished!

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