A wide-ranging conversation at Sundance explored how filmmakers, journalists, and writers harness the power of individual stories.
One of the most important questions a storyteller, journalist, or filmmaker has to navigate is, on its surface, a simple one: Whose story gets told?
But it’s a deceptively simple question, because the implications cut across all kinds of issues, like who has power and privilege, who is seen onscreen and written into stories and how they’re portrayed, and what kind of context is best for different sorts of storytelling.
Those are matters that the Sundance Film Festival has been grappling with in its first post-Weinstein year. And on Monday afternoon, in a panel called “Race, Sex, Power: Who Controls the Story?” organized by the New York Times and hosted by the festival, several participants — which included Jodi Kantor, who along with Megan Twohey broke the Harvey Weinstein story in October, and opinion columnist Charles Blow — discussed those issues for an audience of journalists and filmmakers.
Here are some excerpts from their conversation, selected and edited for length and clarity.
Jodi Kantor on how the Bill O’Reilly story led to the Weinstein bombshell
I’d date the story to our colleagues Emily Steel and Mike Schmidt, who broke the story about the accumulation of allegations and settlements against Bill O’Reilly. They published that last spring, and the impact was really extraordinary. The idea that the most popular host in cable news could lose his job because of a settlement trail and because of sexual harassment allegations felt so new.
And it was also kind of a wakeup call inside the building. Of course we knew that sexual harassment happened. That wasn’t a surprise to us. But the editors asked a question that almost seems quaint now. They said, “Well, are there Read More Here