Oct 19, 2021

Uli Beutter Cohen - Documentarian, Artist, Writer

New York-based Uli Beutter Cohen is the creator of Subway Book Review, a social movement that explores belonging to a time and place through writing and photography. Her work has been featured in Vogue, New York Magazine, Esquire, Glamour and The Guardian. Uli's first book, “Between the Lines: Stories From The Underground” (as in the NYC Subway System), is a love letter to books, The Big Apple, and our collective potential. Uli spent more than 10 years 'riding the rails,' observing, interviewing and photographing straphangers. We know you'll enjoy meeting this uniquely creative woman who clearly 'marches to her own drummer!'

Aug 17, 2021

Ava Thompson Greenwell, Ph.D - Educator, Filmmaker, Author

What hasn't Ava Thompson Greenwell accomplished? Since 1993, she's taught broadcasting, writing, reporting and producing at Medill/Northwestern University and has held several administrative positions. In addition to her Bachelor and Masters degrees in journalism, Ava has a Phd in African American Studies. She directed and produced "Mandela in Chicago," a documentary about the city's anti-apartheid movement. Ava is also the author of "Ladies Leading: The Black Women Who Control Television News." The book goes 'behind the camera' to document the racism and sexism in television networks and explores the history and experience of Black Women who achieved management positions. So much to talk about with this professional powerhouse!

Jul 6, 2021

Christina Fontana - Filmmaker/Editor

Christina Fontana has been a force in the film and tv industry for more than two decades. She was an editor on documentaries and unscripted tv projects for Fox, NBC, CBS, Netflix, A&E, The History Channel to name a few, and received an Emmy nomination for her work on The Amazing Race. Christina makes her directorial debut with "Relentless," a 6-episode true crime series that tells the story of 21-year-old Christina Wittaker, who disappeared from her home town of Hannibal, Missouri. Using more than 400 hours of footage, "Relentless" also chronicles the journey of a filmmaker who becomes dangerously caught up in the story she's telling.

Jan 19, 2021

Caren Zucker - Award-Winning Journalist, Director, Producer, & Author

Award-winning journalist, director, producer, author - all part of Caren Zucker's resume. As a producer for ABC's World News and Nightline, Caren has covered economic summits, presidential campaigns, the Olympics and so much more. She has now directed her first documentary, "In a Different Key,' a narrative history of autism. The project, which followed the PBS Newshour series, "Autism Now," was inspired by her son's diagnosis of the disease. Caren takes us on her personal journey in a conversation you can't afford to miss.

Dec 15, 2020

Jessica Harrop - Head of Development and Production at Sandbox Films

It's not often we see a woman's name next to the title: Head of Development and Production. But that's exactly what Jessica Harrop does for Sandbox Films, a new mission-driven documentary company. An Emmy-nominated filmmaker in her own right, Jessica has dedicated her career to making movies that inspire passion about science. Her passion is contagious and we know you'll be inspired by this accomplished, committed, creative woman.

Nov 3, 2020

Inna Blokhina - Journalist and Filmmaker

This is a first for me - having a conversation with a creative woman in Moscow! Inna Blokhina, a journalist who worked at several major Russian television networks, also happens to be a filmmaker. She formed her own company, "Inwaves Production," and in 2012 completed her first full-length documentary, ON THE WAVE. Believe it or not....it's all about...surfing in the Soviet Union! Who knew? That was followed by her latest film, the award-winning SHE IS THE OCEAN. It follows 9 women from around the world, whose profound love for the ocean, is the 'tie that binds.' Plenty to talk about with this female force of nature! 

Sep 15, 2020

Mama Gloria Allen

You're about to meet and get to know one helluva woman! 75-year-old Gloria Allen is a transgender woman who grew up in the 50s and 60s on Chicago's South Side and transitioned from George to Gloria after high school, but obviously before the Stonewall Uprising. Her story is riveting, empowering, inspirational. Case in point - while in her 60s, Gloria started a charm school for homeless trans youth - hence the 'Mama.' And....Mama Gloria is the title of a documentary (directed by former CWCW guest Luchina Fisher) that chronicles the life of this amazing woman. This is a conversation you won't want to miss!

Aug 4, 2020

Sara Bernstein - Award-Winning Producer and Executive Vice President of Imagine Documentaries

Sara Bernstein is Executive Vice President at Imagine Documentaries, the documentary division of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment. Her latest project, REBUILDING PARADISE for National Geographic and directed by Howard, chronicles the devastating firestorm that ravaged the city of Paradise, California in 2018. Before joining Imagine, Sara was Senior Vice President at HBO Documentary Films. Needless to say, we cover a lot of ground with this 'cinematic' producing powerhouse!

Oct 15, 2019

Prune Nourry, Artist

Born in France and based in Brooklyn, multi-disciplinary artist Prune Nourry works in sculpture, performance and video and was living her life, when in 2016, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It's a journey she shares in the first person film, "Serendipity." By doing so, Prune discovered new meaning in her impressive body of work and its serendipitous relationship to her own survival and mortality. She shares that and so much more in this truly fascinating, riveting and inspiring conversation.

Aug 13, 2019

Perri Peltz, Documentary Filmmaker

A broadcast journalist, radio host, documentary filmmaker, public health advocate, PhD candidate, Perri Peltz's career is a rich and rewarding one. As a filmmaker, her focus has been on health and social justice. However, her newest for HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS takes us 'outside the box.' ALTERNATE ENDINGS: Six New Ways to Die in America," explores the varied and non-traditional options of those who have chosen to celebrate life and take control of what will happen when they die. It is an intimate, illuminating, empowering film. We cover a lot of ground in our conversation with this committed, passionate, accomplished, creative woman.

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