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ACTRA National Women’s Committee begins Toronto shoot of short film Women Seen with Amanda Tapping in director’s chair

TORONTO, ON (November 17, 2016) — The ACTRA National Women’s Committee begins production on the two-day Toronto shoot of its new short film Women Seen on Saturday, November 19. This is the second and final shoot following one day of filming in Vancouver this past August.

A nation-wide collaborative effort of the ACTRA National Women’s Committee, Women Seen will take a comedic look at how women are underrepresented in all areas of screen-based media, most notably: as protagonists; behind the scenes in creative, writing and directorial roles; and in key technical roles. While telling the stories of realities faced by women in the film and television industry, the film will also show solutions for change.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such a ground-breaking film at such an important time in our struggle for more balanced gender opportunities not just in the film and television industry, but in many sectors,” said ACTRA Member and Women Seen director Amanda Tapping.

“Without the support of ACTRA and our many other screen-based unions and sponsors, this film would not have been possible,” said ACTRA National Women’s Committee Chair and Women Seen Executive Producer Heather Allin. “This is our opportunity to highlight some of the serious issues faced by women working in the film and television industry in a humourous way, and provide audiences and decision-makers with pathways for change.”

The talented crew and all-female cast include members of: ACTRA; IATSE locals 873, 891, 669 and 667; DGC BC; DGC ON; NABET and Teamsters. See backgrounder and biographies of Vancouver- and Toronto-based cast members for full details.

About the ACTRA National Women’s Committee
The ACTRA National Women’s Committee has a mandate to explore the issues of all female ACTRA Members, raise awareness of these issues, and support women both within ACTRA and the industry.

About ACTRA
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.

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Media contact:
Jennifer McGibbon, ACTRA National Public Relations Officer, Tel: 416-489-1311 ext. 4008 Email: jmcgibbon@actra.ca

Backgrounder on Women Seen
Toronto & Vancouver cast and production bios


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