Opening at The Ross on Friday, September 13, told first-hand by some of Hollywood's leading voices behind and in front of the camera, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is a feature-length documentary that uncover what is beneath one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry -- the under-representation and misrepresentation of women. The Geske Cinema Showcase, sponsored by the Friends of The Ross, presents Tom Donahue who will be appearing at a 7:30 p.m. screening of his movie on Friday, September 13 to participate in a Q&A with the audience. … THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING matters -- and maybe it will even make a difference. –Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com Donahue deserves credit for proactively going out of his way to make a movie that tells it like it is - and paints it as it could be. –Peter Debruge, Variety Compelling personal stories and absolutely damning data remind us that Hollywood has a long way to go before achieving gender equality. –Roger Moore, Movie Nation THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, September 13 through Thursday, September 19. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. In the last 100 years, Hollywood has emerged as one of the most influential forces in shaping our society’s perceptions and expectations of women and girls in everyday life. As our country’s largest export, what comes out of Hollywood reaches the entire world. Who is creating these stories, and how does this shape the on-screen portrayal of women? It all begins with the storytellers. Told first-hand by some of the industry’s leading voices, including Executive Producer Geena Davis, living legends like Meryl Streep, and younger talent such as Yara Shahidi and Chloe Moretz, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is a feature documentary that uncovers what is behind one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry -- the under-representation and misrepresentation of women. It takes an incisive look behind and in front of the camera, into the historical and empirical evidence, and systemic forces that foster gender discrimination and reinforce disparities in our culture. Backed by hundreds of stories and overwhelming data, director Tom Donahue illuminates and unpacks an inherently misogynistic Hollywood machine. The film is a call for change and accountability, seeking and proposing solutions from inside Hollywood and around the world. TOM DONAHUE BIO: Donahue is a director and producer of narrative and documentary features and co-founder of CreativeChaos vmg, a production company located in New York City. His latest feature, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an examination into gender inequality in Hollywood and includes interviews with Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Taraji Henson, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Oh and Tiffany Haddish. Executive Producers include Geena Davis and Regina K. Scully. The film makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. His past feature documentaries include Hulu's Thank You For Your Service. Called "gut wrenching" and "important" by The New York Times, the film is an examination of failed mental health policy in the U.S. military. It includes interviews with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General David Petraeus, General Loree Sutton, General Peter Chiarelli, Gary Sinise, Sebastian Junger and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "If this film cannot spur politicians to act, nothing will." It is produced in association with the Sprayregen Family Foundation and Regina K. Scully & Artemis Rising Foundation (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground). Donahue's Emmy-nominated HBO feature documentary, Casting By was hailed as one of the top five docs of the year by the National Board of Review and was reviewed as "outstanding!" by legendary critic Leonard Maltin. It won the 2014 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary of the Year from the National Alliance of Women in Media. Interviewees included Woody Allen, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Diane Lane, Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, among many others. After premiering at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, Casting By played in over 50 festivals worldwide and has been released in over 35 countries. In 2013, under pressure from the film's HBO release, the Academy created a branch for casting directors. In 2014, the TV Academy awarded the film's primary subject, Marion Dougherty with the Governor's Award, its highest honor. This year, its other subject, Lynn Stalmaster received an honorary Oscar, the first ever for a casting director. Donahue directed the feature documentary, Guest of Cindy Sherman, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (5 stars, Time Out; "A work of art" -Variety) . It opened theatrically in March 2009 and was selected as a New York Times Critics Pick when it premiered on the Sundance Channel that year.