2021 date: Saturday, April 24
Getting Played: who's playing you?! - Honorary Mention recipient at the 2010 International Black Women's Film Festival - is Kathleen Antonia Tarr's feature length documentary about inequities in the entertainment industry and inspiration for her Getting Played symposia. When she first began acting - as "Kathleen Antonia" - Tarr was taken aback by what appeared in the Industry as rampant employment discrimination. Given Tarr's background as a human and civil rights attorney, she knew that key to some of society's greatest ills was intervening in these patterns to evolve the entertainment media that shapes so much of who we are and how we interact with others. Whether one compares the increased support of marriage equality to the number of LGBT characters on television, or the objectification of women in our society to the sexualization of female characters across all media, it is clear that the images we see every day - including those that are fictional - compel our thoughts and behaviors en masse. These symposia engage distinguished panels in conversation about solutions to the current inequities from casting to greenlighting that shape what we see on screens and stages throughout the nation and world. Getting Played symposia also reserve time to honor a select few courageous heroes who advance Industry equity in their everyday lives through pivotal actions that are typically less visible and recognized .