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DEBORAH HUTCHISON Visionary, Filmmaker, Published Author, Award-Winning Product Creator

Deborah Hutchison has worked for over 30 years in the film business.  As a young creative talent, Hutchison entered the business as a film extra. Her keen eye for social trends and for the needs of the film industry led her to form her own casting company, where she soon was casting extras for such films as Streets of Fire, Weird Science, Class, Dr. Detroit, and Lucas.  

In 1984 Hutchison was voted into the Director’s Guild of America. She subsequently founded Panther Productions and began working on TV projects with husband and co-founder Hall Hutchison. It was through Panther Productions that she released her own animated film in 2012, The Improbable Journey of Berta Benz. Hutchison’s film on Berta Benz has won several awards, including Best Animated Short in the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival; footage from the film was included in a recent French TV2 program on Berta Benz. 

It has been recognized that Berta Benz’s initiative on behalf of her husband’s invention was the turning point leading to the successful launch of the first automobile. While working to capture Berta’s story, Hutchison was also inspired to create a platform where women from diverse backgrounds could tell their own stories. Hutchison launched Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® in 2008, a company dedicated to promoting strong female role models and to encouraging women and girls to be courageous and “drive their destinies.” 

Today Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® is an on-line forum for dialogue among women and an ongoing award program. 2015 saw the launch of the first ever film award for “Gutsy” women writers and directors of films.  In January, Gutsy Gals will host writer and producer Pam Norris in South Florida. This will be a two day event with Norris – whose credits include Saturday Night Live, Designing Women, and Troop Beverly Hills – including a conversation with the filmmaker as well as a screening of Troop Beverly Hills and Q & A.

Notes Hutchison, who has twice won the Myra P. Sadker Gender Equity Award, “now more than ever I am proud to be supporting creative women in film, and giving women the opportunity to let their stories – our stories – be heard.”

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