Lolo Spencer, Alice Austen on Breaking Stereotypes at Power Women San Francisco | Video

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“Give Me Liberty” isn’t the easiest film to describe in one sentence. But its producer, Alice Austen, and lead actress, Lolo Spencer, knew it was exactly the kind of film that needed to be told — even when studios and financiers wouldn’t support them.

“We were told that we were unmarketable, undistributable, unreleasable,” Austen said at TheWrap’s Power Women San Francisco event last week, quoting detractors who said “Give Me Liberty” would never make it to Sundance or Cannes.

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J. Clara Chan

J. Clara Chan

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