Today I am joined by Naomi McDougall Jones. Naomi is an award-winning writer, actress, producer, and women in film activist based in New York City. She is currently in post-production on her second feature film, BITE ME. Naomi’s first feature film, which she also wrote, produced, and starred in, was the 12-time award-winning Imagine I’m Beautiful. The film received a theatrical release and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay. A pilot she wrote, The Dark Pieces, is now in development for television in Canada after having been named on The 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter.
Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. She gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on TED.com. She is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a venture capital fund dedicated to financing films by female filmmakers. Naomi is currently writing a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the Gods of Hollywood, which will be published by Beacon Press in January 2020.
I cannot wait to share the world in which she lives and creates because it is truly eye opening and offers us such insight into the influence of film, and it’s bias, in our lives.
I love Naomi’s passion to change the world of film and how she’s attacking it in so many ways. I love her advice never to shave pieces of yourself off and even when you’re terrified – do it anyway.
You can find Naomi and all of her beautiful projects here.
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