The Equity Movie Is Here and It Is Amazing

At The Moms Equity event

By Estelle Erasmus

As a journalist I get lots of cool opportunities, and as a blogger I get even more. So I was thrilled to attend a screening of the first film from Broad Street Productions called Equity right before it opened in NYC on July 29th (It’s playing at the Angelika and at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (click here for show times), distributed by Sony Picture Classics).

What I was excited about was not just the film but that it featured Alysia Reiner (you know, Fig from Orange is the New Black), an award-winning actress, who also happens to be from my Listen to Your Mother NYC Cast, back in 2012, where I got to know (and adore) her and her prodigious talent.

Denise Albert, Alysia Reiner, Sarah Megan Thomas, Anna Gunn, Amy Fox. Photo: Courtesy of The Moms
Denise Albert of The Moms interviewing Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas. Photo: Courtesy The Moms.
Denise Albert of The Moms interviewing Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas. Photo: Courtesy The Moms.

Back to the film, which I saw courtesy of the The Moms #EquityMoms.

Equity—a Sundance and Tribeca 2016 Film Festival Selection— is a delightful tour de force about women on Wall Street. It stars Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) in the role of Naomi Bishop a high-powered Wall Streeter with a strong track record, and the all-encompassing high stakes game of navigating a controversial  tech IPO in the post-financial crisis world, where loyalties are suspect, regulations are tight and the pressure to bring in “big money” remains high. She is dealing with betrayal on the highest level, and has a subordinate/protegé, (played by Sarah Megan Thomas) who harbors ambitions of her own.

Add to the mix her high school friend, Samantha Ryan (Alysia Reiner) turned Justice Department investigator, who wants to bring down one of the frat-boy men who gets tips and plays dirty. The movie gripped me with its intrigue and plot and didn’t let go till the end.

What I most loved about the movie—besides seeing Alysia do her acting thing, which is SO GOOD is….

Naomi, the lead in “Equity” said that money  is good (without reserve or shame). It is not a dirty word. And it is fine to be an ambitious woman.


Another reason to love Equity: it got much of its funding  from real-life finance professionals—mostly women.

Rush out now to see Equity at The Angelicka or Lincoln Plaza and check out

Let me know what you think. And, like the message in the movie,  ask for what you want and the world is likely to give it to you!

Thank you to The Moms for this opportunity to see Equity.

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13 thoughts on “The Equity Movie Is Here and It Is Amazing”

  1. So glad to hear about this film, I hadn’t heard about it. So loved Anna Gun in Breaking Bad. Is this film going into wide release? Wonder if it will be in LA?

  2. sounds really good – will have to keep my eyes open for it when it comes out on DVD. Thanks for the really interesting review.

  3. Yes this will be on my list unfortunately I live in Australia. Thanks for a great review. I love a movie which holds your interest and a good story line. Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty.

  4. I just read in my local paper that the clothes were rented from an upscale thrift shop in my neighborhood. How funny! I do want to see this film.

  5. I just saw it last week and, while I enjoyed watching it, I’m not sure what the lesson is — that women can be as cut-throat as men? The performances were all excellent.

  6. I will look for this movie in my area! Thanks for the review, it sounds great. I love to see women in movies portrayed as strong real people.I love Anna Gunn.

  7. Hi Estelle — I actually saw this tweet (similar anyway) on Twitter last night and responded then too. I’m going to share a link to an article I read about this movie. One of my clients does “gender communication” work and I had shared it on her page too. I’ll have an eye out in case it makes it to Tallahassee. Otherwise I’ll have to catch it later when it’s streaming (or something!). Really looking forward to it! Here’s the article:

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