She Said Premiere Brings Hollywood—and Journalism—Stars Together

The Gray Lady hit the big screen on Thursday night she said– a star-studded film about the New York Times uncover investigations Harvey Weinstein‘s Decades of Misconduct – premiered at the New York Film Festival. The Pulitzer-winning reporters who broke the story Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (and their editor, Rebekah Corbett), were far from the only ones Times journalists in the house. editor-in-chief Joe Kahn found his place a few steps away from the chairman and publisher AG Sulzbergerwho bent over a row to give to his cousin, the deputy editor Sam Dolnick, a hug hello. Dean Bagetwho relinquished the reins to Kahn in June sat nearby, as did the CEO Meredith Kopit Levien. A number of former and current Times Staff were also present, including BenSmith, Katie Robertson, Lydia Polgreenand Brian Steller (along with his wife, NY1 anchor Jamie Stelter), as other journalists liked it those of the Atlantic Frank For and time‘s Charlotte Alter.

The screening began after a brief introduction in which some of the actors who played the newsroom –Zoe Kazan as cantor, Carey Mulligan as Twohey, Andre Brauger as Baget – came on stage. I discovered later Peter Friedmanwho plays the former Weinstein attorney Lanny Davis, outside the theater. (she said gets another hint successor out Nicholas Britellwho made the score.)

she saidan investigative thriller in the spirit of procedural journalism headlight and All the President’s men, follows the two journalists as they uncover the Weinstein story, pieced together the Hollywood producer’s serial sexual assault and harassment and the broader system — paid silence and intimidation — that allowed him to get away with the abuse for so long, like he did . It’s based on the book (with which it shares a name) published by Kantor and Twohey in 2019, which goes more into the gist of the reporting but, like the film, focuses heavily on the women who came forward. Some of them were in the audience and were asked to stand up to thunderous applause after the film ended.

“It’s hard to be in this room. It’s a space that Harvey Weinstein was in, this space and this festival,” NYFF Director Eugene Hernandez said as he struck up a conversation on stage after the film, noting that the Weinstein Inquiry was published almost exactly five years ago. “The Weinstein story underscored everything we believe about journalism and put an exclamation mark on it,” said Kantor, who shared the stage with Kazan, Mulligan, Twohey. Ashley Judd— the only actress to play herself in the film — and she said‘s Producer, Writer and Director Mary Schrader. “Our job is to build people’s confidence in telling the truth, and we really hope the film will help in that work,” Kantor said, noting, “The number of people who shared information with us , was relatively small, and yet its effect was so great. We hope this film will help people remember that these personal stories can really make a tremendous difference.” (Weinstein, who was found guilty of rape and sexual assault in New York, is in Los Angeles further charges; he has denied the allegations against him.)

Towards the end of the conversation, Kazan was asked a where are we now question. “Anyone who has read the newspaper headlines since, say, early May knows that we still live in a repressive patriarchy. It’s not unusual for our industry,” she said, referring to Politico’s leaked draft Supreme Court decision to overturn it Roe v. calf, a decision that became official a month later. Something that came out of it Times‘ Reporting and subsequent stories “is that there’s an open conversation now and not just behind closed doors,” Kazan said, adding that there are also seemingly small things, like on-set intimacy coordinators for sex scenes, “that have now become a Industry standard … so I feel like there are certain safeguards, certain communication channels that are open.”

There is still, Kazan said, “so much change remains to be done.” But “for me, what Jodi raised, that an individual can make a difference when supported by the right institutions, is the most important thing. I think for a long time Hollywood’s institutions were all organized to support one type of person.” She Said Premiere Brings Hollywood—and Journalism—Stars Together

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