Pepperdine Graziadio to Host Screening of Emmy® Award-Winner Cady McClain’s Documentary Seeing is Believing: Women Direct

Panel Discussion Moderated by McClain with Acclaimed Directors to Follow the Film Screening on Monday, March 19 During Women’s History Month

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Renowned director Cady McClain will introduce a screening of her new documentary and moderate a panel discussion at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Seeing is Believing: Women Direct is a documentary film written and directed by McClain. The film invites viewers into a unique conversation with women on the front lines of directing film and television and details how women can successfully drive through creative, cultural and professional obstacles in order to be outstanding leaders.



Acclaimed Directors

• Cady McClain (“Seeing is Believing: Women Direct”)

• Bethany Rooney (“NCIS”)

• Lizzie Borden (“Born in Flames”)

• Finola Hughes (“The Bet”)

• Carla Garapedian (“Screamers”)

Event Hosts

• Dr. Bernice Ledbetter, EdD, Director, Center for Women in Leadership; Practitioner Faculty of Organizational Theory and Management; MS in Management and Leadership

• Dr. John G. Mooney, PhD, Executive Director, Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture; Associate Professor of Information Systems Technology Management; Academic Director, Doctor of Business Administration



Monday, March 19th, 6-9 p.m. Pacific Time


6:00 p.m. - Reception

7:00 p.m. - Seeing is Believing: Women Direct Screening

8:15 p.m. - Q&A Panel Discussion



Wilburn Auditorium

Pepperdine University - Drescher Graduate Campus

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Malibu, CA 90265

Directions to Pepperdine:

Parking Instructions: Parking lot S, Center For Learning Technology lot -- follow this link for a map.



In 2017, 8% of the top 100 films were directed by women. Although this is a 4% increase from 2016, it is still very far away from something that looks like parity. The fact so few women are able to break into the top levels of industry continues to show an ingrained cultural bias against women’s ability to lead. Considering all aspects of the directing experience, Seeing is Believing: Women Direct shows how despite this ongoing bias, women lead with grace and strength, while overcoming creative, cultural and professional obstacles. The film is also intended to serve as a hub of mentorship for anyone looking for guidance, encouragement, and real world insights as they pursue their dreams of becoming a storyteller.


  • Cady McClain: Emmy-Award winning actress known to millions for film and TV roles. More recently, Cady has turned her talents to producing and directing, building a career in both TV and film, including a 2017 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for Venice the Series. Her documentary Seeing is Believing: Women Direct was the Audience Award winner for Best Feature at the 2017 Soho International Film Festival. McClain will introduce the screening and panel discussion at Pepperdine University.
  • Bethany Rooney: Directed over 200 episodes of TV, National Board member of the DGA and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, co-author of Directors Tell the Story, teacher of the Warner Bros. TV Directors Workshop.
  • Lizzie Borden: Director of the feminist classic “Born in Flames” and the Sundance award-winner “Working Girls.”
  • Finola Hughes: Director of the multi-award winning independent film “The Bet” and a pilot called “Cypress Bayou,” she has also written and directed two shorts. Finola is known as an actress for her work in “Cats,” “Stayin’ Alive” and “General Hospital.”
  • Carla Garapedian: Director of the documentary “Screamers” about genocide, featuring the band “System of a Down.” First American to host BBC World News, she went on to cover many important stories in places like Chechnya, Afghanistan, North Korea and Iran as an independent film journalist.
  • Dr. Bernice Ledbetter: Director of the The Center for Women in Leadership and serves as the Chair of the Master of Science in Leadership and Management degree program at Pepperdine Graziadio, where she teaches graduate-level courses across a range of leadership topics.
  • Dr. John G. Mooney: Executive director of the Pepperdine University Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, also serves as an associate professor of information systems and technology management at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School as well as a Research Affiliate at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research.


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About Cady McClain

Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy winning actress, writer, director, and producer. She studied directing with legendary artistic director of The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Curt Dempster. Her short film, The World of Albert Fuh, premiered at the 2015 SOHO International Film Fest. It then won Best Comedy/Drama Short at the Ohio Indie Gathering, was awarded an Honorable Mention for “Best Director” by the Los Angeles Film Review, an “Honorable Mention” by the SaMoIndie FF, and received an Award of Merit by the Best Shorts Film Festival. It was also an official selection of the LA Indie Film Fest. Her short film, Flip Fantasia, enjoyed acceptance into the Macon Film Festival and gained a remarkable FB cult following of over 80K. In 2017 she directed and produced Butterflies, a short film; The Missing Piece a short film for Kids in the Spotlight; and the new series Switch, a BDSM story based on true life events. She is currently in the process of developing a play about a female artist that she plans to film. To learn more about Cady McClain, visit:

About the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School

Anchored in the core values of integrity and innovation, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School challenges individuals to think boldly and drive meaningful change that positively impacts their organizations and communities. With an entrepreneurial spirit, the Graziadio School advances experiential learning in small classes that deepen connections and stimulate critical thinking. Through our wide continuum of MBA, MS and Executive degree programs offered across six California campuses, Graziadio faculty inspire full time students and working professionals to realize their greatest potential as values-centered, “best for the world” leaders. Follow Pepperdine Graziadio on Facebook, Twitter at @GraziadioSchool, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
Lisa Perry
Director, Marketing and Communications
Brian Geldin Public Relations for Cady McClain
Brian Geldin

Release Summary

Panel Discussion Moderated with Acclaimed Directors on Monday, March 19 During Women’s History Month


Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
Lisa Perry
Director, Marketing and Communications
Brian Geldin Public Relations for Cady McClain
Brian Geldin