As a teacher and scholar, Patricia owes much of her perspective on feminist film to what she has learned from the staff and board of Women Make Movies and its director Debra Zimmerman. She has worked with Women Make Movies for thirty years, as an intern, staff member, board member and board chair.
Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program.