#DFNYFocus on: Women In Media’s Tema L. Staig

Tema L Staig runs Women In Media, a networking group that connects above and below the line women and the men who love making movies with them. WiM works closely with Seeking Our Story and a number of film festivals

DFNY: Which film do you love that might surprise people?
TLS: Raw by Julia Ducournau. I was surprised at how much I loved it, since I had heard that viewers at The Toronto International Film Festival needed EMT’s. The grossest part is not your typical gross out – and speaks to what it really means to be a human animal. It’s absolutely brilliant.

DFNY: If you could pair up any two actors/actresses, living or dead, which two would it be & what kind of film?
TLS: Early 1970’s Catherine Deneuve and Pam Grier in anything directed by Anna Biller.

DFNY: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
TLS: Alien. It has a perfect three act structure, both in terms of story and visuals. Also, Ripley is a role model for everyone – keep your head and know your stuff so you can kick ass and live on for a few sequels.

DFNY: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
TLS: A Spinner flying car from Blade Runner.

DFNY: Is there any subject matter which you would not make/watch a film about?
TLS: Yes. I don’t like films with graphic abuse of children.
Ms. Staig is also a Production Designer in LA. She has Art Directed and Production Designed numerous features, commercials, and shorts (“Kissing Jessica Stein”, “Happy Hour”, and “Battlefield America”) as well as commercials and music videos. She participated in the first IFP Project Involve: NY fellowship, where she had the opportunity to assist the Production Designer for “American Splendor”. She also teaches Design for Theater, Film, and TV at Los Angeles City College.

Women in Media Website

Tema L. Staig’s IMDB Page