Actress Frances McDormand didn’t attend the second annual Women’s Media Summit, held over the weekend at Provincetown’s Crown and Anchor, but the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star was certainly there in spirit.
Several industry pros at the four-day conference referenced McDormand’s shout-out at the Oscars for “inclusion riders” as a way to improve gender and racial equity in Hollywood. Because that was a key mission of the sophomore Summit, hammering out action plans for increasing the representation of women and minorities on both sides of the camera.
Spearheading the event were veteran film producer Christine Walker, CEO of the Provincetown Film Society, which produces the Provincetown International Film Festival; Maria Giese, a Cape Cod native who in 2015 instigated an industrywide federal investigation on behalf of women directors in Hollywood; and Caroline Heldman, primary researcher at the Geena Davis Institute for Women in the Media and a professor at Occidental College.
“When [McDormand] said ‘inclusion rider,’ my phone blew up and didn’t slow down for two weeks,” said keynote speaker Stacy Smith, founder and director of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. READ MORE AT BOSTON GLOBE.