Nov 24, 2020

Ekwa Msangi - Filmmaker

Director, screenwriter, producer, instructor - all describe Tanzanian-American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi, who divides her time between Kenya and New York. Her latest project and first feature film, is the award-winnIng and critically acclaimed FAREWELL AMOR. It tells the story of an Angolan immigrant, whose wife and daughter join him in the States after a 17year separation. It is powerful, emotional, life-affirming. Ekwa's goal as an artist is "to transform our society's images and relationships with African cultures and to empower African filmmakers in telling their stories." Join us as Ekwa, direct from Nairobi, shares her story.

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! 

Oct 27, 2020

Kate Hackett - Filmmaker, Editor

Kate Hackett is another creative woman whose career involves the big screen.  She happens to be an Emmy winner for her editing expertise on the Netflix series, CHEER, which chronicles the high stakes cheerleaders face. Her editing credits include the Emmy winning series, LAST CHANCE U and the Sundance documentary HALF THE PICTURE. Kate has directed art films for large screen concerts and her latest project, OLEANDER, is a short about a sexually active teen who wages a social media war against her Christian abstinence program. Kate plans to make OLEANDER into a full length feature. 

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!

Jul 28, 2020

Jessica Swale - Olivier-Award Winning British Playwright, Theater Director, Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Talk about a creative woman! Jessica Swale fits that bill and then some. Her first play, Blue Stockings, premiered at Shakespeare's Globe in 2013. Then came Nell Gwynn, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Jessica is making her feature film debut with the newly released period drama, Summerland. She also wrote the screenplay. We know you'll enjoy meeting this accomplished, passionate, fascinating woman.

May 12, 2020

Ferne Pearlstein is Back - Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

She's baaack! And we're delighted to share another conversation with the very creative and accomplished Ferne Pearlstein. While we catch up on Ferne's latest projects, we also focus on her 2016 feature film, THE LAST LAUGH, which is all about finding humor in a crisis seen through the lens of the Holocaust. As we try to deal with and wrap our heads around the COVID-19 nightmare, many have been connecting to THE LAST LAUGH, to help us cope with this crisis and, for that matter, this new normal. There's lots to talk about in this open, frank, and yes, upbeat conversation.

Oct 29, 2019

Barbara Miller and Leyla Hussein, Filmmakers & Social Activists

You are about to meet and get to know two extraordinary, passionate, committed women. Swiss filmmaker Barbara Miller* is the woman behind the powerful documentary #Female Pleasure. It follows five courageous women from different cultures as they struggle for justice and equality as they take charge of their own bodies. And one of those women is Leyla Hussein, a Somali-born, British psycho-therapist and social activist who was genitally mutilated at the age of seven. She has made it her mission to fight against female genital mutilation or FGM, as well as for the sexual determination of Muslim women worldwide. This is one empowering, moving, critically important conversation.

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.

Oct 1, 2019

Irene Taylor Brodsky, Documentary Filmmaker

Irene Taylor Brodsky happens to be an: Emmy and Peabody Award-winning, Oscar-nominated, director, producer, writer, cinematographer, whose documentaries have been shown in theaters, at festivals and on the small screen. Her first documentary feature "Hear and Now" was actually a memoir about her deaf parents. Her mom and dad are back on the big screen as is Irene's son Jonas, in her newest work "Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements." This is one very open, very personal conversation with a very accomplished, passionate, creative woman.

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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