I'd been assuming that women didn't have more trouble asking for money than men anymore, but that turned out to be either wishful thinking or delusional. A high-profile 2012 study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles found that financing -- money, how to get it and what to do with it -- was the obstacle most frequently mentioned by independent women filmmakers.
The filmmakers were invited to participate, but the information was there to be shared. The Sundance Institute asked me to observe and write about it for the Sundance.org website, distilling the five top takeaways from the day. You can read my story, with practical tips from the event, here. The experience was energizing, informative and -- a word I don't throw around casually -- inspirational.