Filmmaker: Jenny McQuaile
AFS Representative: Yael Melamede (Producer)
Runtime: 83 min
Ninety percent of women and young girls do not feel represented in the fashion industry or media, and the imagery they consume on a daily basis makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than”. Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image examines the industries and obstacles responsible for this body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race, and age.
At a time when our brain processes images 60,000 times faster than words Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image sets out to change the imagery, we are seeing and to bolster a movement that is redefining society’s unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty to impact society at large.
About the Producer
Yael Melamede is the co-founder of SALTY Features – an independent production company based in NYC whose goal is to create media that is entertaining and enhances the world. Yael is an Executive Producer for the TV series “Why We Hate,” created by Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney, which is scheduled to premiere on Discovery in 2019. SALTY’s film Straight/Curve, directed by Jenny McQuaile, was released by Epix in June, 2017. Yael’s previous film and directorial debut, “(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies,” was released to great critical acclaim in May 2015. SALTY’s other films include: “Inocente,” winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short; “When I Walk,” winner of the 2015 Documentary Emmy; and “Desert Runners,” winner of multiple awards in the US and around the world. Other producing credits include: “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,” “The Inner Life of Martin Frost,” and “My Architect.” Melamede trained as an architect before becoming a filmmaker.