My 3-Day Girl Journalist Career Comes to a Close
January 28, 2011
The WMC blog is featuring Progressive Girls’ Voices in dispatches from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, as our girl journalists attend feminist film screenings and interview notable leaders and directors. Read as Katie Houser breaks down the full experience -- watch this space for more.
By Katie Houser
Driving up to Park City on the first day of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, I had no idea what to expect, except for numerous fur coats. I had the schedule that [WMC VP of Communications] Yana Walton had given my fellow girl journalists and me, but it would not describe the madness of the next few days.
The first day of the festival was filled with an interview with director Tiffany Shlain, which I missed due to the hustle and bustle of finals week at school, and shooting the viral video. Although my fingers and toes felt as if they had fallen off, I was sure the end product would be well worth it. Day 2 included interviews with Jennifer Newsom, Robert Redford, Danny Glover, and Alexandra Chowaniec, an artist featured in Lynn Hershman Leeson's !Women Art Revolution.
After a speedy interview with director Jennifer Newsom, the girls and I literally had to run to the hotel where we were meeting Robert Redford. The moment I saw Robert Redford, my jaw dropped. I thought to myself, “I am standing less than 10 feet away from possibly the biggest actor ever. My grandma is going to flip when I tell her this.” I came to find out that “Bob” is a comedic, well-spoken man. Who would have thought?!
The day was not over until we talked with Danny Glover and Alexandra Chowaniec, and finally found some time to eat. Our journey came to a close yesterday evening. But not before talking with Geena Davis, Gloria Steinem, and Salt TV. The only image I had of Geena was that of her role in Beetlejuice. So I was astonished to see her walk into the press conference sporting awesome moonboots.
Although Gloria Steinem had a familiar face and name, I didn’t know that much about her. Interviewing Gloria was amazing; I got to learn much more about what she does and what inspires her to do it. To fix this world, we need more inspirational women like Gloria and Geena. Saying goodbye is never fun. At the end of the day, all the girl journalists and I parted ways with Yana.
These past few days were life-changing and I wouldn’t change one thing about them. I think I speak for all of my fellow journalists when I say that the Women’s Media Center is on the right track to changing the media for the better.