“It Matters Who Tells the Story: Supporting Female Filmmakers” - Screening and Q&A with ROLL RED ROLL filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman and guests
Saturday, March 30, 6:00 show
With Theresa Navarro (VP, External Affairs, AmDoc | POV), Rebecca Lichtenfeld (Director of Social Impact Media, Bertha Foundation), Judith Helfand (Co-founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures), and Gini Reticker (Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, Fork Films)
|Theresa Navarro is an Independent Spirit Award-nominated producer and the Vice President of External Affairs at American Documentary, the producer of POV on PBS.
Over the past decade, she has managed development, communications and public program initiatives for award-winning media arts organizations, including cause-marketing collaborations with Disney, HBO, Macy’s, MTV, Toyota, and Verizon. She was nationally recognized as one of 15 Asian Pacific American Women Leaders for her work in the media arts in 2011.
Gini Reticker, director of The Trials of Spring, is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, an executive producer of Women, War and Peace II, and a producer of Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs. Throughout her career, Reticker has been a passionate advocate for women’s rights with a focus on enabling the worlds’ unsung heroines to tell their stories. She has created numerous films, directing the acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the Emmy-winning Ladies First, and producing the Oscar-nominated Asylum. Reticker co-founded Fork Films, serving as executive producer on numerous projects including The Armor of Light, Cameraperson, and Hot Girls Wanted.
Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take on the dark and cynical worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior, and environmental injustice and make them personal, resonant, and even entertaining. Three of her award-winning films had world premieres at Sundance, and all have been nationally broadcast on PBS, HBO, and The Sundance Channel and linked to rigorous engagement. Her films include the The Uprising of ’34 (co-directed with esteemed veteran George Stoney), her groundbreaking personal film A Healthy Baby Girl, its Sundance award-winning sequel Blue Vinyl, followed by Everything’s Cool (both co-directed with Daniel B. Gold). She has taught the art of documentary film at New York University, New School, and was the Filmmaker-in-Residence at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies in 2007 and 2009. As much an educator and field-builder as she is a filmmaker, Judith co-founded Working Films and sits on the boards of Great Small Works and The Lower East Side Girls Club. Her latest film in progress is Cooked, a feature documentary about the politics of disaster for which she was awarded a MacArthur grant.
|Rebecca Lichtenfeld is a human rights advocate, producer and Director of Social Impact Media for the Bertha Foundation. Bertha Foundation supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change and champions those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision. Rebecca is also the TED Music Curator. Guided by the belief that media and the arts can play a vital role in the advancement of human rights, Rebecca has created, produced, and executed ‘creative advocacy’ projects involving filmmakers, artists, heads of state and thought leaders from around the globe. At Bertha, she has supported the production and outreach of several Oscar nominated and winning feature length documentaries. Previously, she was the Creative Advocacy Director at WITNESS, an international non-profit organization co-founded by Peter Gabriel that trains human rights defenders to use video as a tool in their campaigns for justice.|