Inside the Cut’s Sundance Film Festival Panel

Over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the Cut hosted a special screening of Nisha Ganatra's short film, Rise, followed by a discussion about the demands of entrepreneurship and the entertainment business. The deputy culture editor, Brooke Marine, spoke with three women straddling both worlds to find out how they all get it done: Latasha Gillespie, executive head of global DEIA for Amazon Studios, Prime Video, and IMDb; Alia Shawkat, the star and producer of Search Party; and Lana Wilson, an Emmy-winning director, and writer. The panel members discussed everything from self-imposed phone-free morning routines to their mentors and mothers as well as the professional life lessons they learned at suburban malls and the value they've found in their own obituaries. Below, read each woman's standout quote from the panel. Latasha Gillespie, executive head of global DEIA for Amazon Studios, Prime Video, and IMDb On celebrating your accomplishments — each one: “I'm a little Black girl from Chicago with a finance degree. I spent 20 years in the manufacturing industry. There's no reason — no way logically — I should be doing this work. So I have to celebrate every single achievement because there's some other little girl out there, in a field that is far remote from this, that doesn't think she can make her way into this. I celebrate every achievement because I want her to see it and know if it's possible for me, it's possible for […]

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