The new film "Equity," which opened in Denver and Boulder last week, portrays women on Wall Street in a raw and modern way. Early in the film the lead character, Naomi Bishop, played by Anna Gunn, declares unapologetically, "I like money ... I'm so glad that it's finally acceptable for women to talk about ambition openly, but don't let money be a dirty word. We can like that, too." Bishop works as an investment banker at a firm modeled on J.P Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and the other large banks headquartered in New York.
Yet while "Equity" makes clear that Bishop has built a successful career, the filmmakers also wanted to show how women struggle with being undervalued. One character hides her pregnancy for fear it will hurt her chances of getting a promotion.
The film casts women in all three lead roles and two of those actresses are also the film's co-producers. They chose Amy Fox, from Boulder, to write the screenplay. Fox says growing up in Colorado helped shape her approach to the story.
Fox and co-star and producer Alysia Reiner spoke with Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel. Fox will take questions from audiences after screenings at Denver's Landmark Esquire theater tomorrow at 7pm, and at Boulder's Century 16 theater on Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm.