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Inflection Point: A conversation with Parker Posey

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Parker Posey

Dubbed the “Queen of the Indies,” Parker Posey has appeared in nearly 90 films and television productions, 

including bonafide cult classics like "Dazed and Confused," "Best in Show," "Waiting for Guffman" and "The House of Yes"-- for which she personally won special jury recognition at Sundance. And she’s entered the mainstream more than once with "You’ve Got Mail," "Superman Returns" and "The Good Wife," plus a slew of others. In an industry that loves conformity, Parker Posey has, according to The New Yorker magazine --"cemented herself as the greatest character actress of the last few decades." And at Cannes this spring, she established herself as a strong advocate for gender equality on the UN He-For-She panel.

Now Parker Posey appears in Woody Allen's newest film, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix as a professor with a tormented past, arriving at a college campus to teach a summer course. He becomes the center of wishful thinking by Parker Posey, who also plays a professor--aching to be stolen away from her humdrum campus life.

Lauren Schiller spoke with Parker Posey at her hotel in San Francisco, just before the release of "Irrational Man."

Lauren Schiller is the host and creator ofInflection Point, a podcast and nationally syndicated public radio show about how women rise up. Launched in 2015, and produced in partnership with KALW and PRX, Inflection Point was one of the first radio shows and podcasts in the country to exclusively feature conversations with women about how they build power and lead change. In 2008, Lauren co-created and co-hosted “The Lady Brain Show”, one of the first ever female-led podcasts. Lauren is an award-winning producer, was the Executive Producer of Audio for Salon Media, where she is a regular contributor, and has been a guest host for “The Conversation” on BBC World Service. Lauren is also a speaker and moderator at live events including INFORUM, The Commonwealth Club, Bay Area Book Festival, JCCSF, and Cal Performances