Doc Nights


Directed by Amy Adrion

USA, 2018, 1h 34min, DCP, English

Doc Nights

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Join us for a mixer beforehand hosted by Austin.Women.Film at 5:30 PM. Please register here.
A panel featuring local women filmmakers will follow the film. With Kim Tran, Sarah Kuck, and B.B. Araya in attendance, moderated by Hillary Pierce.

Amy Adrion’s new documentary HALF THE PICTURE consists of interviews with high profile women directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July, among many others, who discuss their early careers, how they transitioned to studio films or television, how they balance having a demanding directing career with family, as well as challenges and joys along the way.

HALF THE PICTURE also includes interviews with experts about gender inequality in Hollywood including the ACLU’s Melissa Goodman, Sundance Institute’s Caroline Libresco, Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan, USC’s Dr. Stacy Smith and San Diego State University’s Dr. Martha Lauzen, who establish the magnitude of this employment discrimination issue as women are shut out, across the board, of an industry that systemically denies their expression and point of view.

More about Austin.Women.Film:
Austin.Women.Film. is a monthly gathering of women that strives to foster a strong sense of community amongst the female members of the Austin entertainment industry via a classy happy hour. We seek to create a friendly and casual environment for our participants to both reconnect with past industry contacts and expand their network to include new ladies. There are no monthly dues, no newsletters, no stress. Just community.

Also, check out our 2 part series PIONEERS: FIRST WOMEN FILMMAKERS.


About the panelists:

B.B. Araya is an Austin based filmmaker whose work explores humanity through the lens of women of the African diaspora. She interned for Academy Award nominated director, Richard Linklater, and her short film series, We Are, was picked up for distribution by Issa Rae Productions and is currently streaming in its entirety on

Sarah Kuck is an Austin-based director, editor and cameraperson. Her films — documenting the impacts of gentrification in Seattle and violent displacement in Honduras — explore concepts of home and belonging, and our connection to people and place.

Kim Tran is an Austin-based filmmaker, and the okay-loved middle child of two Vietnamese immigrants. She has written for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, was a 2017 Screenplay Finalist at the Austin Film Festival and is currently a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas, getting her MFA in screenwriting. She loves making comedies!

Hillary Pierce is an Emmy award winning documentary producer based in Austin, Texas. She is a part of the producing team behind Keith Maitland’s dual 2016 documentaries TOWER and A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY. Hillary began her documentary career at Maysles Films under the tutelage of Direct Cinema pioneer Albert Maysles and earned an MFA in Documentary Film at Wake Forest University. TOWER won the Grand Jury Documentary Prize and Audience Award at SXSW in 2016, was shortlisted for an Academy Award and was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary at the 2018 News and Documentary Emmys.

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