On May 7, the Women’s Steering Committee (WSC) hosted the special event A Conversation with Director Jodie Foster following the DGA membership screening of her new film Money Monster in the Guild’s Los Angeles Theater.
Money Monster follows the explosive situation that develops when an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) hijacks the live studio broadcast of Wall Street guru Lee Gates’ (George Clooney) television show after losing everything on a stock tip. As millions watch the ensuing tense standoff on live television, Lee and his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) must work against the clock to unravel a real conspiracy in the midst of the high-tech global markets.
WSC Co-Chair Liz Ryan welcomed the overflow crowd in two theaters as she introduced the film. Following the screening, Foster took the stage with Director Michael Apted (Unlocked) for a discussion about the challenges of making Money Monster as well as insights on her career.
Already acclaimed as an Academy Award-winning actress, in 1991 Jodie Foster moved behind the camera and made her feature film directorial debut with Little Man Tate. Her other credits include the features Home for the Holidays and The Beaver. She also earned DGA Award nominations in the Dramatic Series category for her 2014 House of Cards episode “Chapter 22” and in the Comedy Series category for her 2013 Orange Is the New Black episode “Thirsty Bird.” Foster has been a member of the DGA since 1995.
ABOUT THE COMMITTEE:
The Women's Steering Committee (WSC) was created to advance the professional interests of its members, and to heighten their visibility and career opportunities in the entertainment industry. The WSC currently promotes diversity through sponsoring networking events, screenings and seminars, and fosters relationships between the members to provide support, mentoring and networking opportunities. The WSC’s current Co-Chairs are Mary Lou Belli, Bethany Rooney and Liz Ryan.