Non-profit production company We Do It Together has set its first feature project, Together Now. An omnibus of short films, it will see each segment directed by a woman with a prominent actress in a lead role. Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke, Katia Lund, Patricia Riggen, Haifaa Al Mansour, Malgorzata Szumowska and Melina Matsoukas will each helm one of the seven installments. Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche are the first two actresses confirmed.
The theme will be female empowerment with each of the shorts shot in a different country. Pinto is teamed with Lund on one segment, shot in India or Brazil. Producers are Carol Polakeff, Shelby Stone and Chiara Tilesi. Production starts in July this year with all profits generated will be reinvested back into WDIT.
The goal of the film is to empower women creatively in front of and behind the camera and to implement a clear action plan that will contribute toward closing down the gender gap in a male-dominated industry, says WDIT. Putting forth recent statistics, the group said today in Cannes that male directors in Hollywood outnumber women 9-1. At the current rate, it was said, it would take 700 years to achieve parity.
Polakoff added, “We are not here to take down the studio system; it’s a fool’s errand. If there’s affirmative action in terms of insisting that there are 52% of women in jobs or films, I don’t think that’s the answer. You have to create a new model.”
Binoche calls the initiative “beautiful” and investing money back into other films “revolutionary.” She added that the move is “not against men, it’s for women… Unconsciously I resisted the studio system and stayed in Europe… I was lucky in my own career.”
The group has also added new members to its advisory board. They are: Robin Wright; Jodie Foster; Diane Warren; Valeria Golino; Leonor Varela; Marvel’s Victoria Alonso; producers Keri Selig, Lucas Akoskin and Paula Vaccaro; CAA’s Cameron Mitchell; and attorney Orly Ravid.