California's proposed budget includes a tax credit for movie productions made in state that would require reporting diversity statistics and have sexual harassment protections in place for its employees. Credits would be awarded to "below the line" hiring practices, not just for starring actors and directors.
Winners at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards took the opportunity to advocate for diversity both in front of and behind the camera.
Moctesuma Esparza's $20 million project has already opened theaters in five California cities that lack entertainment options, including Delano, Salinas, Bakersfield, Pittsburg, and Fresno and the producer plans to expand to more rural communities in other states.
A crew member hugs a migrant child aboard the Aquarius rescue ship before disembarking in the port of Valencia, Spain, June 17.