In 2015, NFF inaugurated Women Behind the Words: Stories from Hollywood’s Front Lines, a candid discussion focusing on gender inequality in the entertainment industry. 

It was not just a moment, but the start of a movement. In a year that has brought us a dynamic shift in the conversation and launched Times Up and #MeToo, we are now asking what comes next.

Host Ophira Eisenberg leads the next round of this timely conversation with
Miranda Bailey, Sera Gamble, Alysia Reiner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Nancy Schwartzman.

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Saturday, June 23
At 1:15 Pm
Dreamland Studio



Ophira Eisenberg regularly performs stand-up at New York clubs and headlines across the United States. Host for past NFF programs like Late Night Storytelling, In Their Shoes....®, and this years live taping of NPR's Ask Me Another.


Miranda Bailey

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Sera Gamble

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Miranda Bailey is a producer, actor, and director. Among the films she has produced are the Oscar®-nominated The Squid and the Whale, the Spirit Award-winning The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Swiss Army Man. Bailey’s directorial narrative feature debut, You Can Choose Your Family (NFF 2018), premiered at SXSW. She previously directed the documentary features Greenlit and The Pathological Optimist. Bailey recently launched CherryPicks, a film site consisting of reviews by female critics, countering the inherent male bias on other sites.

Sera Gamble is a showrunner, writer, and producer. Currently, she is the writer and executive producer of The Magicians (Syfy), which she co-created with John McNamara, and co-creator and writer of You (Lifetime). Previously she was a writer and producer for Aquarius (NBC) and Supernatural (CW).


Alysia Reiner

Jeanne Tripplehorn

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Alysia Reiner is best known for Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, for which she won a SAG award as part of the ensemble cast. She also appears in Better Things (FX), and How to Get Away with Murder (ABC). She is a producer and star of Egg (NFF 2018). She also produced and starred in Equity (NFF 2016), which premiered at Sundance in 2016. Her work as a change maker for women has brought her to the White House, the United Nations, Google, Catalyst, and the Women’s Media Summit, as well as recognition from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and New York Women in Film and Television.

Jeanne Tripplehorn, known for her starring roles in Basic Instinct, Waterworld, The Firm, Sliding Doors, and her five-season portrayal of Barb Henrickson on HBO’s Big Love, received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for her performance as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the HBO film Grey Gardens. She will next be seen in director Donal Lardner Ward’s We Only Know So Much (NFF 2018), Courtney Balaker’s Little Pink House, Oscar winner Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria, and Undone, the first ever animated series in rotoscope, set to premier on Amazon Prime in 2019.


Nancy Schwartzman

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Nancy Schwartzman is a documentary filmmaker and award-winning technologist based in New York. Roll Red Roll is her debut feature film. Her short, xoxosms, was broadcast nationally on PBS’s POV in 2013, and her first film, The Line, screened as part of a White House initiative on sexuality. Nancy created the Circle of 6 app, designed to empower young people to prevent sexual violence.