project, Battle in Seattle. The film, about the late-’90s riots in the West Coast city, stars Charlize Theron and is also the directorial debut of Theron’s husband, Stuart Townsend. Such a gala can make or break a film’s eventual release depending on how it’s received by the crowd and the critics. Fortunately, when the credits rolled the film was met with a 15-minute standing ovation at the famous Elgin Theatre, and Mary Aloe, first thing the next day, was met with a flood of phone calls from distributors making offers. As I peruse the wine menu, Mary Aloe orders herself a glass of sparkling water. She has a business dinner to go to after this and prefers to start the evening off on a light note. I ask her what a film producer’s job entails and why it’s such a boys’ club. “Here’s the thing…” says Mary Aloe, and we begin to really talk.
How come I don’t know any