By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs in the computer related field. Less than 29% will be filled by Americans, and less than 3% will be women.
In March, the California Film Institute was one of 19 independent theaters across the country that participated in the second annual National Evening of Science on Screen, where we presented CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP, a documentary film that explores this terrifying statistic.
Science on Screen aims to highlight the rich and varied connections between science and film through movie and speaker pairings that addressed such diverse concepts as computer science, disease pandemics, artificial intelligence and population control
The special screening of CODE was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Marco della Cava, journalist and author of Change Agents, and featuring Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography and Lighting at Pixar; Al Brey Brown, co-founder Telegraph Academy; Rayona Sharpnack, CEO and Founder of Institute for Gender Partnership; and Roz Ho, Vice President, Ericsson TV Platforms.
The series is made possible by a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The California Film Institute will continue to address this startling statistic with the Mind the Gap initiative at the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival October 6-16.
Mind the Gap will leverage connections in the film and tech industries to encourage influential support and engagement in panels, discussions and on a “women in film/tech” leadership committee to help move the needle on this critical issue.