The River Bend Film Festival was so kind to ask me to give a presentation entitled, "Why so few female directors." I was first asked to give presentation in October of 2011 to a group of filmmakers and it freaked me out. Who was I to describe what it's like for every female filmmaker? Who am I to know what the truth to this problem is? But it was a topic that is very close to my heart. As a mother of two girls who I want to inspire to be anything they want in this world, I gave it my all. I researched for months. I dove into my own experiences of being the only woman on set and being harassed and bullied. I tried my best to come up with solutions and even counter solutions that others have been suggesting for years that have found little results. Over the months since my first talk, which is online here [and embedded below] I have done more research, heard more testimonials from women and gotten the most amazing feedback -- and backlash.