The indie film community has a sexual harassment problem and women are fighting back.

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On the first night of Fantastic Fest, about two dozen press and industry attendees, all of them female and/or non-binary, huddled inside an Airbnb in Austin to do some urgent soul-searching. The fest’s famously rowdy screenings and parties getting underway all around town could wait.

They gathered to speak candidly about the enormously complex issue tormenting this community, a loosely defined but close-knit circle of critics, bloggers, filmmakers, publicists, programmers and independent cinemas. For them, the genre film-focused Fantastic Fest had been an annual rite. Now it was in crisis. 

They’d been battered by waves of nauseating news: Accusations of sexual assault, harassment, power-dynamic abuses, quiet cover-ups, old hurts uncovered by women speaking out. It was enough to make some choose not to come. Read more…

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Source: Mashable | The indie film community has a sexual harassment problem and women are fighting back.

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