Behind the Scenes at Glamour's Women Rewriting Hollywood Lunch at Sundance
A quarter of the American directors at the Sundance Film Festival this year are women—and while there is still a long way to go in achieving gender equality and eradicating bias in Hollywood, this is vastly better than the four percent of the top 100 box office films helmed by women. At Glamour, we think that’s something to celebrate.
On Tuesday, Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, did just that, hosting a lunch along with our favorite “girls” Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, the masterminds behind HBO’s Girls and feminist newsletter Lenny, to toast the female talent and women filmmakers at Sundance who are paving the way to even more diversity in film and rewriting Hollywood.
Dunham—a Sundance jury member whose own documentary that she produced with Konner, Suited, premiered the night before (it will debut on HBO in June)— welcomed the guests: “We’re thrilled that in the midst of the chaos of this festival you could all join us. It’s nice to see so many incredibly creative, powerful women assembled in one place.”
We could not agree more. Here’s a look inside that powerhouse meeting.
In the midst of the 10-day festival filled with back-to-back screenings, photo studios, and infinite gifting lounges, a steady stream of Acura Ubers chauffeured the female directors, producers, actresses, and writers up the hill in Park City to the home of ChefDance founder and CEO Mimi Griswold for an intimate, fireside lunch and respite from the hustle and bustle of the week.
Katie Couric arrived with her producing partner and the director of Fed Up, Stephanie Soechtig. Their new film, Under the Gun—a documentary about gun violence in America—premiered at the festival this year.
Chloe Sevigny, who has not one, but two movies at Sundance this year (Love & Friendship and Antibirth), caught up with Rebecca Hall, who stopped by the lunch in between back-to-back press interviews for her film Christine.
During cocktails, guests sipped on Fiji water and champagne, and Bryce Dallas Howard regaled everyone with stories of the pitfalls of navigating Park City’s icy terrain in heels.
Etro designed custom table linens just for the occasion, and the Etro scarves draped over each chair were the perfect take-home accessory for the cold weather.
Michelin-starred chef Luigi Fineo prepared cauliflower soup with Alaskan king crab and Acquerello risotto with Porcini mushrooms and black winter truffle, paired with white and red white and Stella Artois beer and cidre.
Brooklyn Decker sat next to her Lovesong director, So Yong Kim, and echoed Dunham’s sentiments in her cool-girl blunt style: “My palms are sweaty. I’m very honored to be amongst all the women here.”
“[To be here is] inspiring to a young aspiring director, like myself,” said 17-year-old star of As You Are Amandla Stenberg as she surveyed the room.
So what can Hollywood do to combat the gender inequalities in film? “Hire women!” suggested Jenni Konner, pictured here with Lena Dunham and their fellow female producers of Suited, Carly Hugo, Ericka Naegle, and Stacey Reiss.
Cindi Leive took a selfie with her friend and the director of Trapped, Dawn Porter.
Meera Menon, director of Equity, the first female-focused Wall Street film, made a point to stop by the lunch with the film’s co-producer and star Alysia Reiner before her own premiere that afternoon.
Sarah Gadon, whose film, Indignation, premiered earlier in the week, was just happy to relax with friends. “Up until [the premiere], I was really nervous about how the film would be received, so it’s like a big exhale,” said the actress.
A bird’s-eye view of the festivities.
We couldn’t help adding our own touch to the home’s rustic decor.
Our cohosts got creative with their custom Etro napkins.
Indie darling and star of Kate Plays Christine Kate Lyn Sheil shared who her female character spirit animal is: Romy and Michele from Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion. “I can relate to them!”
“I’m usually a stay-at-home actress,” joked Megan Ferguson, who has a double billing for her first time at Sundance, starring in The Fundamentals of Caring and the web series The Skinny. “I didn’t even know web series went to Sundance, so I’m feeling super excited,” she gushed.
Imogen Poots chatted with Rosanna Arquette and Maria Cuomo Cole before she had to duck out to do press for her movie, Frank & Lola, but not before taking a Tupperware container of risotto to go—a girl after our own heart.
And at the end of the party, one final parting gift: Beautycounter lip balm and hand cream, as these multi-talented, multi-tasking ladies headed back out into the elements.
Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Glamour