ABOUT THE BROKEN GLASS AWARDS: Every year for the past decade, Palm Springs Women in Film and Television have presented the Broken Glass Awards to pay tribute to women of distinction who have “broken through the glass ceiling” in film, television, the arts and philanthropy, as well as paved the way for others to follow. These extraordinary visionaries and professionals have distinguished themselves as wonderful examples of successful pioneers who have flourished in the entertainment industry. 


Virginia G. Madsen 

Virginia G. Madsen(born September 11, 1961) is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut in Class (1983), which was filmed in her native Chicago. She later moved to Los Angeles. In 1984, David Lynch cast her in the science fiction film Dune (1984) as Princess Irulan. Madsen was cast in a series of successful teen movies.She is most known for her role as Helen Lyle in the horror film Candyman (1992); and for her performance as Maya in Alexander Payne's film Sideways (2004), for which she received numerous awards and nominations, including nominations for the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her many film appearances include The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), Red Riding Hood (2011), All the Wilderness (2014), and Joy (2015). She also starred as Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten in the first season of the ABC political drama series Designated Survivor.

Dolores Robinson

Singled out by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top dealmakers in Hollywood, Dolores Robinson has truly become one of the industry's most influential and successful managers. In 1976, she founded her own management company and has been directly involved in building the careers of some of Hollywood's biggest motion picture and television stars like Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, Pierce Brosnan, Emilio Estevez and her daughter, Holly Robinson Peete. Robinson served as an executive producer of the television series Matt Waters and Fox/UPN show Between Brothers. She managed the music career of her granddaughter, Ryan Peete and appeared with her family in reality television series For Peete's Sake, and was consulting producer for the Hallmark Channel series Meet The Peetes, also starring her family. Robinson served on many boards of directors including the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Sierra McCormick
Rising Star Award

Ms. McCormick was born in Asheville, NC and grew up in Palm Springs, CA. She began performing in film and television at a young age and had a number of roles on different network tv shows throughout the late 2000s, including Criminal Minds, Monk, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. As her career progressed, she worked on larger studio films including Land of the Lost and 20th Century Fox’s Ramona & Beezus. She is starring in the upcoming film The Vast of Night, which won the Slamdance Film Festival audience award. 

Melissa Neiderman
Humanitarian Award

Ms. Neiderman was born and raised in upstate New York, received her degree in Psychology with a background in Theatre. After moving to California, she taught for 21 years in both the public and private sectors of education. Since retiring from teaching, she has become a full-time volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She serves as advisory chair on the Desi Strong Foundation, has also helped raise money for ACT for MS and Loving All Animals. 

Liliana Rodriguez
Desert Diva

Ms. Rodriquez is a Coachella Valley native who started as a film projectionist before joining the film festival world. She became the Program Manager at the Palm Springs Film Society in 2016, programming films for the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Palm Springs International ShortFest. After transitioning into the roles of Director of Programming at PSIFF and Festival Director of ShortFest, Liliana now serves as the year-round Artistic Director for both festivals. 

Co-chairs for the 2019 Broken Glass Awards

Kim Waltrip
Wonderstar Productions
Film Producer/Director

Patti Gribow
Realtor, COMPASS
Film/TV Producer, Talk Show Host

Kate Spates
Executive Producer, Co-Producer
Wine Country Cruizin’

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