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#AfterMeToo Symposium

Town Hall at the Globe and Mail Centre.

Town Hall at the Globe and Mail Centre.

It was a whirlwind of knowledge, creative and professional minds joining for a deep-dive discussion about the issue of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. Our full two day event, of roundtable discussions, with the goal to find survivor centred solutions revealed both systemic problems, as well as actionable resolutions. We, at After Me Too will release a report in the new year, along with our roundtable videos with industry professionals, and experts in law, trauma, and organizational change. 

Our town hall at the Globe and Mail Centre was a packed event. With keynote from federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, our aim to is demand better.

I believe that we can achieve this. Here are some of the recommendations that we have suggested to the industry. 

The recommendations include:

  • Establishing an independent industry body that could both investigate harassment complaints and penalize perpetrators by such means as ejecting them from industry associations;
  • Establishing a fund, to be paid into by industry members in the manner of a benefit or pension fund, that would pay for mental-health support for victims of harassment;
  • Harmonizing policies and reporting mechanisms of existing entertainment-industry unions;
  • Providing mandatory training for all members of the industry;
  • Expanding the definition of the workplace to include social events and any situation where there is a business relationship;
  • Developing online reporting systems so complainants can report and repeat perpetrators can be tracked;
  • Calling on governments to provide better access to mental-health supports.

#AFTERMETOO Symposium December 5th & 6th

Fluent Films along with actor Mia Kirshner and producer/actor Freya Ravensbergen in partnership with the Globe and Mail are producing a two day symposium on sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.  PRESS RELEASE TWO-DAY EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 5 & 6 In the wake of the widespread sexual assault and harassment allegations surfacing against powerful men and following the impactful #MeToo campaign, a group of screen industry leaders from across Canada have come together to organize a landmark event. The #AfterMeToo Symposium, partnered with The Globe and Mail,will take place on December 5th and 6th at The Globe and Mail building in Toronto. A full list of speakers participating in the symposium will be announced next week. The initiative is spearheaded and produced by actor Mia Kirshner, producer/director Aisling Chin-Yee, actor/producer Freya Ravensbergen, Fluent Films and additional industry veterans from a variety of occupations. For more information on the group and for details about the #AfterMeToo Symposium please visit www.aftermetoo.com.   "The enormous amount of women and men who have come forward with their experiences of abuse speaks volumes about sexual misconduct that has categorically been ignored in our industry.  Our symposium was born from this response, with the goal to change ineffective policy, mechanisms and legislation,” said Kirshner, Chin-Yee and Ravensbergen in a joint statement.  "When we decided to take action, and create this multifaceted collaboration and discussion, we received an incredible amount of support from industry professionals, many of them volunteering their time and passion to put the #AfterMeToo Symposium together. Though our focus is on the entertainment industry, sexual assault and harassment is an issue that affects us all regardless of industry or occupation. Our goal is to create lasting changes in our industry and beyond."   On December 5th, #AfterMeToo Symposium will explore institutional culture, policy and legislation in a number of roundtable working groups, and will strive to find solutions that speak to current inadequate supports and protections against sexual assault and harassment within the workplace. Participants come from a variety of occupations including actors, directors, producers, casting directors, writers, agents, unions, civil and criminal lawyers, trauma experts, economists and legislators. The Globe and Mail writers, including Denise Balkissoon and Janet McFarland, will moderate roundtables. Produced by Fluent Films and Mia Kirshner, discussions will be filmed and made available to the public through online platforms.   On December 6th, The Globe and Mail will host a Town Hall at 10AM and will be open to the public on a first come, first serve basis and livestreamed. Findings from the roundtable discussions will be presented followed by a Q&A with the audience. Organizers chose December 6th as the date for the Town Hall in honour of the 14 women who lost their lives 28 years ago in the Montreal massacre at Polytechnique. The date is a commemorative anniversary and represents the wider societal violence against women.   About the #AfterMeToo Symposium committee   #AfterMeToo Symposium is organized by a group of determined volunteers, film/ television industry professionals, trauma and legal experts. The purpose of #AfterMeToo is to ensure that appropriate legislation, culture and policy shift to protect the survivor rather than the predator. The group is committed to being part of the solution to guarantee a safe environment for everyone involved in the creative industries and beyond. For more information on the group and for details about the #AfterMeToo symposium please visit www.aftermetoo.com.   #AfterMeToo Symposium is supported by The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and TIFF.

Fluent Films along with actor Mia Kirshner and producer/actor Freya Ravensbergen in partnership with the Globe and Mail are producing a two day symposium on sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. 

PRESS RELEASE

TWO-DAY EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 5 & 6


In the wake of the widespread sexual assault and harassment allegations surfacing against powerful men and following the impactful #MeToo campaign, a group of screen industry leaders from across Canada have come together to organize a landmark event. The #AfterMeToo Symposium, partnered with The Globe and Mail,will take place on December 5th and 6th at The Globe and Mail building in Toronto. A full list of speakers participating in the symposium will be announced next week. The initiative is spearheaded and produced by actor Mia Kirshner, producer/director Aisling Chin-Yee, actor/producer Freya Ravensbergen, Fluent Films and additional industry veterans from a variety of occupations. For more information on the group and for details about the #AfterMeToo Symposium please visit www.aftermetoo.com.

 
"The enormous amount of women and men who have come forward with their experiences of abuse speaks volumes about sexual misconduct that has categorically been ignored in our industry.  Our symposium was born from this response, with the goal to change ineffective policy, mechanisms and legislation,” said Kirshner, Chin-Yee and Ravensbergen in a joint statement.  "When we decided to take action, and create this multifaceted collaboration and discussion, we received an incredible amount of support from industry professionals, many of them volunteering their time and passion to put the #AfterMeToo Symposium together. Though our focus is on the entertainment industry, sexual assault and harassment is an issue that affects us all regardless of industry or occupation. Our goal is to create lasting changes in our industry and beyond."
 
On December 5th#AfterMeToo Symposium will explore institutional culture, policy and legislation in a number of roundtable working groups, and will strive to find solutions that speak to current inadequate supports and protections against sexual assault and harassment within the workplace. Participants come from a variety of occupations including actors, directors, producers, casting directors, writers, agents, unions, civil and criminal lawyers, trauma experts, economists and legislators. The Globe and Mail writers, including Denise Balkissoon and Janet McFarland, will moderate roundtables. Produced by Fluent Films and Mia Kirshner, discussions will be filmed and made available to the public through online platforms.
 
On December 6thThe Globe and Mail will host a Town Hall at 10AM and will be open to the public on a first come, first serve basis and livestreamed. Findings from the roundtable discussions will be presented followed by a Q&A with the audience. Organizers chose December 6th as the date for the Town Hall in honour of the 14 women who lost their lives 28 years ago in the Montreal massacre at Polytechnique. The date is a commemorative anniversary and represents the wider societal violence against women.
 
About the #AfterMeToo Symposium committee  
#AfterMeToo Symposium is organized by a group of determined volunteers, film/ television industry professionals, trauma and legal experts. The purpose of #AfterMeToo is to ensure that appropriate legislation, culture and policy shift to protect the survivor rather than the predator. The group is committed to being part of the solution to guarantee a safe environment for everyone involved in the creative industries and beyond. For more information on the group and for details about the #AfterMeToo symposium please visit www.aftermetoo.com.
 
#AfterMeToo Symposium is supported by The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and TIFF.

See you in Cannes!

Aisling will be heading to Cannes for the Marché du Films looking for interesting new collaborations in film and television, and to find exciting and like-minded collaborators for Fluent Films' slate of projects including the award winning novels, The Party Wall, by Catherine Leroux and Us Conductors, by Sean Michaels. Fluent Films is also developing the feature film, The Day Between, written and directed by Aisling Chin-Yee, and with executive producer Jean-Marc Vallée.

She will be there from May 16-25.