Five IWF members invested in the new film, Equity in Theaters now, written by Amy Fox and directed by Meera Menon. The creative team for the film was all-female and brings a female perspective to the fore in a sub-genre dominated by male points of view. The film portrays women who are successful, driven and unapologetic.
The plot centers on a senior investment banker, Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) who finds her high-power Wall Street career undermined by corruption and gender inequality. The financing of the film is unique in that it relied on women who are current or former Wall Street executives. The financiers also served as advisers on the film.
The five IWF members who invested in the film are; Deborah Carstens of IWF Arizona and IWF Washington, DC, Christine J. Toretti of IWF Pennsylvania and Anne Erni, Barbara Byrne and Janice Reals Ellig of the New York Women’s Forum.
“For women, you always had to prove you could to do the job before they give you the job, and for men, they would give them that opportunity before they proved themselves,” said Barbara Byrne in a July 21 NYTimes piece.