For so long, men had all of the jobs of power. And now, slowly as the old guard is dying off, you’re seeing this equality emerging. My name’s Janine Sherman Barrois, and I am the writer and director of French Fries. Being a woman in the TV industry is hard as hell, it’s difficult. And you need as many people around you, supporting your career. You know, so often it’s so hard to get anything done, to get the resources. And so, to have Shatterbox, Refinery29, and TNT come together and finance these films so that we could actually tell a story that we wanted to tell, I think it’s important. I really wanted to get females behind the scenes, and so all of these women sort of came together and said, “Let’s kind of help each other and uplift each other.” I used to go into casting and people would say, “Am I reading with you?” And I’d be like, “No, I’m actually the boss.” They’re not used to having women that look like me be the ones that are behind the money, behind the creative decisions, behind the casting. But now, people are realizing that the narratives cannot just be told from a male point of view. And women are no longer being quiet about it. If I could give a young woman advice in this industry, I tell them, “Just do your story. Direct your movie. Don’t wait for anybody to give you permission.” Cause the more voices that we have of women out there, the broader appeal all of our narratives will be.