Adam Pally Voices Film Industry Needs to Consider Females Equally
Adam Pally, recognized for his comedic roles in "Happy Endings," and more recently on "The Mindy Project" as Peter Prentice, just addressed sexism in the film industry.
"I think there is an inequity for directors who come out of Sundance and move to the studio system," Pally said. "A studio would look at a film like this from a male director and say, 'Yeah, give him a shot, let him do Jurassic Park.'"
He continued, "That would never happen for a woman, I know that for a fact," he said. "Even the women studio heads will look at this film and say, 'She should star in the Nancy Meyers movie.' And, while she should, she should also direct Jurassic Park."
He was referring to Colin Trevorrow who went from 2012 Sundance entry "Safety Not Guaranteed" to directing "Jurassic World."
Pally plays Ben in the new film "Band Aid" that Zoe Lister-Jones wrote, produced, and directed.
The entire crew of "Band Aid" was female, which Pally said was amazing to see considering he has a daughter.
"It was really amazing for me to see all these different versions of what my daughter could be every day," Pally said.
"I've always looked at the world through a lens with a sharp focus on gender inequity," Lister-Jones said. "And as an actress and also a writer and producer, I’ve been really aware of the underrepresentation of women on film and TV crews. And I know that when women are directors, the number of women hired on film and TV crews increase, but I also just think that doesn’t necessarily shift the paradigm enough. I wanted to subvert it entirely and create a space where women could feel their most confident as artists and every voice could be heard, as well as to create opportunities for women in departments where they often aren’t given them, like lighting and camera and grip and electric."
Appearing at Sundance for its second ever screening, the film features a couple who creates pop punk songs based on their fights. Vulture reports that the film has yet to be picked up.
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