"June" is about an elderly woman who realizes that her standard of interpersonal communication is lost after several dismissive encounters.
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“June” was greatly inspired by my strong passion for an equal and realistic representation of women in the media. My sister, Korryn, and I decided it would be more important to write a story about an elderly female protagonist because they are so rarely represented, and not often given the opportunity to play a lead role. Women in film are so easily tossed away after a certain age and replaced by younger, attractive actresses, while most male actors often have a long successful career, never having their age questioned.
Growing up with today’s high level of media saturation, I was greatly influenced by the female standards in the media. I believe this is due to the lack of women represented in intelligent, highly respected, and powerful positions in media. My goal is to create films with diverse casts that explore broad ranges of race, age, gender, and sexuality, with female protagonists who break the several demeaning stereotypes, so that younger female generations do not have to suffer the burden of comparing themselves to their male peers as I had growing up.
My hope is to stray away from such stereotypes, including, but not limited to, the type of degrading roles women are given in comparison to their male lead counterparts. Media is the largest influence towards societal constructs and norms, and I believe if we changed the way women are portrayed in the media, then the way women are perceived and treated in real life will change too, allowing for progress towards gender equality. In order to fix this, women need to be equally represented in all aspects of production. It is very important to myself as a filmmaker to demonstrate a balance of gender not only in front of the camera, but also for those working behind the camera.