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Dianna Agron Offers Up Her Advice for Women Who Want to Break Into Film
Now that is some serious girl power.

One reason to celebrate at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival? The event boasts 51 female directors across both features and short films—the highest number of women filmmakers in the event’s history.

And a slew of stars came out to honor the outstanding women filmmakers presenting work at the fest during the annual Women’s Filmmaker Luncheon today in New York City, where Diane Lane, Dianna Agron, Christina Ricci, Joy Bryant, Mariska Hargitay, Carol Kane, Alice Eve, Zoe Lister-Jones, Melanie Lynskey, and more fêted their fellow ladies at the Chanel-hosted event.

“In every aspect of filmmaking women have been the underdogs, so now its going to be a game changer once the tide switches over and we’re not considered a minority, wouldn’t that be something,” Lane told InStyle of what the future holds for women in film. “Everybody is so impressed with each other’s offerings. It’s such a precious and vulnerable time to offer up your creative endeavors and so I feel a sense of honor to honor them. And I think it’s very brave and audacious to take the risk of making a film.”

Agron echoed her sentiments, but suggested that there’s still more work to be done. “The second that there’s much more talk of what is lacking, the reaction is that its being nurtured and supported much more than it was before,” the actress shared. “I think this is due to the last couple of years and the conversations that have been happening surrounding that. I think its great and it needs to be nurtured more, and it will be.” As for her advice to someone who wants to break into the industry? Don’t give up. “With any new career you have to be persistent and tough and relentless. And this one more than ever you have to have thick skin,” she stated.

Are you ready to go back to Titanic?

Before Rose - old, experienced - sits down to tell her story, treasure hunter Brock Lovett asks her, “Are you ready to go back to Titanic?”

And the thing I think we, the viewers, as well as those with Rose, is that, well, she never really left the Titanic. She carried it with her. Every day. For 84 years. Even as her memory fails her sometimes (forgetting that Lizzy had already met Brock for example) she remembers every single thing about the Titanic. Just footage of the age old wreck brings back a huge flood of overwhelming memories. She sees her drawing and is instantly back in that room with Jack, her heart pounding. 

She still remembers what Jack looks like, despite having no pictures of him. Remembers what he said, remembers her promise to him, how he inspired her throughout her life to make it count. She becomes a pilot and learns how to fly (“Jack, I’m flying!”) and goes on the adventures they talked about, shown through more of her photographs. “We’ll drink cheap beer, ride the rollercoaster til we throw up, and ride horses, right in the surf.” 

And then, when she passes on, she goes down to the Titanic - her final resting place, truly now the ship of the dreams, the ship that won’t sink. The final scene in the film echoes another promise made to Jack.

“Make it count. Meet me at the clock.”

Rose never really left the Titanic. She never left Jack. She never let go.