Still Working 9 to 5


TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Production

LOGLINE

Still 9 to 5 explores what has changed for women over the last 40 years since the release of the hilarious workplace comedy 9 to 5.

SYNOPSIS

When the highest grossing comedy, 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman and Lily Tomlin, exploded on screens in 1980, the laughs hid a serious message about inequality in the workplace. Still Working 9 to 5 explore what has changed for women over the last 40 years.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Still Working 9 to 5 examines the 40 year evolution of gender inequality and discrimination in the workplace since the 1980 release of the classic seminal comedy, 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The documentary opens with the deconstruction of the original 9 to 5 film and why it shone a light on gender inequality and discrimination in the workplace in the late 1970s. We discover how the concept for the film rose out of the women’s movement and Jane Fonda’s close friendship with fellow activist Karen Nussbaum and how, in 1973, Karen, along with her friend Eve Cassedy, established the 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women, after experiencing many workplace indignities. We explore the seminal history of the organization, hosting informal get-togethers for female office workers who, during lunch breaks, shared their experiences of sexual harassment by male co-workers and bosses; low wages, degrading job tasks, and being overlooked for deserved promotions. Still Working 9 to 5 showcases the clever use of comedy realized in 9 to 5, to highlight these workplaces indignities, while making the movie palatable to a wide audience, including the kind of men at the time who dismissed the film as harmless entertainment. The documentary explores how the success of the original film spawned several 9 to 5 incarnations over the decades. The TV version of the 1980’s lasted 85 episodes and starred the Emmy-nominated Rita Moreno, Rachel Dennison (Dolly’s sister.) We discover that, although Jane Fonda and the 9 to 5 Association were originally involved in the development of the series, they became disillusioned with its deviation from the core message of female empowerment and felt it had become just another silly sitcom. In 2009, 9 to 5, The Musical opened on Broadway with an all-star cast including Allison Janney, closing after only five months. We follow these ups and downs of the 9 to 5 franchise, mirroring in many ways the ups and downs of women’s fight for equal rights. The story continues in 2019, we film the opening (in London) of the latest production of the musical, as its dialogue and scenes are altered to reflect contemporary feminism, MeToo and Times Up, and discover the reactions of a new generation. We explore the history of the Equal Rights Amendment, harassment in the workplace, pay gap, sexism, and discrimination, and interweave 9 to 5 and it’s various incarnations to debate its evolution over the last 40 years by speaking to writers, feminists and everyday people with their own workplace experiences. As 9 to 5 continues to resonate as a touchstone of classic feminist entertainment and inspiration, Still Working 9 to 5 brings to life with colorful and comedic observations, why the film is as relevant today as the year it lit up the box office four decades ago.

KEY CREW

Camille Hardman - Producer Director

Camille Hardman – Director, Producer Camille Hardman has been producing documentaries and reality TV series in both her native Australia and Los Angeles. She started in TV in Sydney over 15 years ago making animal and travel documentaries before turning to human interest documentaries and film. Five years ago Camille created the popular DIY Network/HGTV series ‘Restored’ which has spread the importance of restoration around the globe. Camille has produced and directed documentaries that have screened on many networks including Discovery, Lifetime, TruTV, National Geographic, ABC, Channel 7, and her documentaries have been accepted in to acclaimed international film festivals.

Gary Lane & Larry Lane - Producer Director & Executive Producer

Grew up in Goldsboro NC, currently in Hollywood chasing dreams. They are award winning documentary film makers. Their debut documentary "Hollywood to Dollywood" screened in 70 film festivals around the world and won 25 best documentary awards in total. It also featured 15 original Dolly Parton songs. They also own and operate TwinzZone Productions and cover events and red carpets around the world. They always make a first impression twice. They are also proud to be 50,000 winners on both NBC's Fear Factor and ABC's WIPEOUT! Appearing in various films and commercials since moving to Hollywood in 2004. We are always looking for the next adventure. So please stay tuned. 

Steve Summers - Executive Producer

Executive Producer Steve Summers grew up in Harriman TN where he attended Harriman High School. After graduation he attended FIT where he studied design, as well as becoming a performer at Dolly’s Parton’s theme park Dollywood. It was here he first met Dolly and was handpicked to become her personal trusted costume designer, which lead him to become a creative powerhouse as Creative Director at Dolly Parton Enterprises and Executive Producer of the upcoming ‘Heartstrings’ 8 part anthology series screening on Netflix late 2019. He currently lives in Nashville, TN.

 

Elisa Bonora - Editor

Elisa Bonora has had an extensive career in editing and production, in both long and short formats. In 2019 she edited the Sundance Grand Jury nominated film David Crosby: Remember My Name produced by Cameron Crowe. In 2014, she was nominated for an ACE and an Emmy award for her work in the documentary films “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” and “No Subtitles Necessary, Laszlo and Vilmos,” respectively. In 2002 she started her long-format career when Oliver Stone asked her to edit Comandante, a feature-length documentary on Fidel Castro and Cuba. She edited a second Oliver Stone documentary, South of the Border, which premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.  In 2012, she was the Additional Editor on Gabriela Cowperthwite’s documentary Blackfish, which was shortlisted for the Oscars and received an ACE Eddie nomination.

Shane McAnally - Composer

Shane McAnally serves as a producer on the new NBC musical competition series “Songland,” and is a three-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer who has earned 38 No. 1 singles to date. McAnally was named Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2014 and Hot Country Songwriter of the Year by Billboard in 2015. McAnally earned a five-times-platinum No. 1 with "Body Like a Back Road," written by Sam Hunt, McAnally, Josh Osborne and Zach Crowell. The single made history as the longest-reigning No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Song chart by a solo artist, spending 34 weeks atop the chart.  He earned his latest No. 1 song in July of 2018 with Old Dominion's "Hotel Key" and was named to Billboard's 2018 Country Power Players list. McAnally also co-wrote Kacey Musgraves' "Space Cowboy," which recently won Best Country Song at the Grammys.

Brian Tweedt - Cinematographer

Brian Tweedt, SOC, is a graduate of the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts, a member of the Society of Camera Operators (SOC), a multiple Telly Award winner, and has over 20 years of experience in the motion picture industry having shot over 1000 episodes of unscripted television for cable and network TV including Discovery, Nat Geo, HGTV, DIY, Bravo, Lifetime, ABC, NBC to name a few.  He is well known as a top single and multi-camera reality / documentary television director of photography, camera, MoVI, jib, and FAA Part 107 Certified Remote Pilot aerial operator. 

 

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