Hooray to my partners Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly for the Emmy for The Homestretch!
After months of anticipation, the Fan Boy Film Festival which nominated Good Sister for Best Short - is OPEN for VIEWING and VOTING.
We are thrilled and honored to have been nominated and we wish to congratulate the producer for being a top choice in this fetival.
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In 1942, Mildred Crow Sargent was a teenage mother from Tennessee who migrated to Detroit to work in an aircraft assembly plant as part of America's massive mobilization for World War II.
And, as she told a New York University "Real Rosie the Riveter" history project in 2010, she was "the fastest riveter" in the place.
So fast that the plant managers encouraged her to slow production down a bit.
Sargent said she replied: "Those soldiers (on the battlefield) can't slow production. If someone comes at them with a gun, they've got to shoot."
After that, she said, "They didn't bother me anymore."
Sargent's spirit was emblematic of the attitude of millions of American women who flooded traditionally male workplaces in the 1940s to produce munitions and otherwise support the war effort. A spirit that was captured in song, promotional films and in the iconic "We Can Do It!" bulging-bicep and red-polka-dot-bandanna Rosie the Riveter poster.
This year, we are celebrating the contributions of those patriots who made victory in WWII possible, and in the process irrevocably changed the perception of American women in the workplace.
On Tuesday, on the first day of Women's History Month, we submitted into the Congressional Record a tribute to America's Rosies.
It reads, in part, "Through your service during the Second World War, you played an invaluable role in the war effort and victory as part of the Greatest American Generation. Your rigorous work and passionate love of our great country is arguably what sustained the American people, at home and abroad, during a volatile time of war and uncertainty."
Later, on March 22, dozens of "Original Rosies" will fly from Detroit to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built in their honor, courtesy of Talons Out Honor Flight, Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Yankee Air Museum.
As the Arsenal of Democracy in WWII, Michigan's ties to the rise of the Rosies and the successful prosecution of the war are deep and lasting.
The woman most often cited as the embodiment of a real-life Rosie the Riveter was a young Kentucky native, Rose Will Monroe, who worked on the production of B24s and B49s at the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti. It was there, in 1944, she was spotted by a Hollywood star working on promotional films for the sale of war bonds, and shortly thereafter became a star in her own right.
The inspiration for the "We Can Do It!" poster was another Michigan factory worker, Geraldine Hoff Doyle, employed briefly by an Ann Arbor-area metal stamping plant, long enough to be captured in a UPI photograph that became the model for America's most famous Rosie.
Monroe and Doyle are both gone now. But their stories, and the stories of the millions of American women who answered their country's call in WWII to go to work, will resonate for generations.
This is our history in Michigan, and it’s a history that needs to be remembered, taught and preserved, just as it was last year at Willow Run, when more than 2,000 women, including 43 “Original Rosies,” took back the Guinness World Record for the most Rosies gathered in one place since WWII. These women continue to move us with their grace, gusto and love for our country.
As we say for the Congressional Record: "You inspire us, and we will continue to tell your stories to our children and grandchildren, to ensure that the American spirit which you embody will never leave our hearts."
Candice Miller, a Republican from Harrison Township, represents Michigan's 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Dearborn, represents Michigan's 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
We have been accepted into the Fanboy Festival Film Festival for Short Films!
Here is the link: http://www.fanboyfilmfestival.com/good-sister
After July 15th, the film will be available and for voting! Watch the film then vote for Good Sister!
We just received word that "Good Sister" will premiere on Shorts HD on July 5th!
Check your local cable listings for time.
...Ferrara was inspired to create the program after Veronica, at age 5, said to her, “I wish I could be a dancer but nobody wants me.”Read More
...brought together a powerhouse group of women filmmakers, impact professionals and stakeholders for a frank conversation about unique challenges faced by women directors and film industry professionals.Read More
To all of you in the LA area, Catherine Tambini's film ART AND HEART: THE WORLD OF ISAIAH SHEFFER will screen at the Getty Museum this Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM.
Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer
Saturday, Sunday, March 19 - March 20, from 1 pm - 2 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Free | No ticket required
A new documentary by Catherine Tambini celebrates the eclectic career of Isaiah Sheffer, founding artistic director of Symphony Space, and resonant voice of Selected Shorts on public radio. Sheffer's life as an artist and cultural entrepreneur in New York City is shared via intercuts of archival material, stage performances and interviews with friends and colleagues, revealing his impact on the arts scene and the tremendous effect he had on those around him.
Bravura abounds in this portrait of one of Broadway’s brassiest stars. The film follows the late, famously pants less cabaret singer as she dishes dirt on her early days in the biz, pads around her room at the Carlyle Hotel, and tirelessly rehearses for a one-woman show, illustrating the truism that there is nothing like a dame.Read More
Jessica Hecht, star of Providence Productions film GOOD SISTER, dazzles as Golde on Broadway in the revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Seen here in the picture below: Hecht, Danny Burstein, who plays Tevye, and Sheldon Harnick, co-writer of the show. Congratulations Jessica! To read more about FIDDLER and its exciting return to Broadway, visit:
This week New York filmmakers Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Anne De Mare, Kirsten Kelly and Laverne Berry are joining us to present award wining film The Homestretch, about the problem of youth homelessness, and works in progress including Dance with Me “a universal story of children struggling to be accepted for who they are, not for what they look like or what they cannot do as easily as their peers.”
The story unfolds at Dancing Dreams, a revolutionary physical therapy program that uses dance to improve mobility and to build self-confidence for a diverse group of children, ages 3-17 who have physical disabilities. What’s different about Dancing Dreams, which draws a multi-cultural following, is the contribution of teenage volunteers, recruited directly from high schools, assisting in the classes weekly, working without pay and virtually without initial training. With their own hands and bodies, they literally support the dancers, from toddlers to teenagers their own size, which has a clear impact on the self-esteem of helped and helpers alike. It is the blueprint for a replicable program in any community, anywhere. The participants of Dancing Dreams learn trust and empathy from each other, vaporizing social constructs learned at an early age. And then after months of working together, decked out in glitter and costumes, tap shoes and tutus, they put on a show for close to 1000 people. Thus we have the framework for a larger story about self-expression, acceptance, lending a helping hand, and the value of inclusion.
The filmmakers will host an informal lunch with students to discuss the ins and outs of documentary filmmaking, a discussion following the screening of The Homestretch that will address issues related to the production and promotion of the film, and will direct a table reading of the script for work in progress Mazie Mullins Goes to War and take students through the process of taking a project from written script to animated short.
How can documentary film be used to raise awareness of issues of social justice? How do such projects get funded? How do they gain visibility? What legal issues arise? Veteran filmmakers Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Kirsten Kelly, Anne De Mare and Laverne Berry will join us to talk about their experience writing, directing and producing films
We wanted to share this GREAT news with you! Our Director on DANCE WITH ME, Catherine Tambini, was nominated for an Emmy yesterday for her film, "The State of Arizona.” Needless to say, and Catherine is well-aware that I am sharing this with you: this is fabulous news for our film!
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is on TV this week in the UK!!! Tell your UK Friends! ...
Sky Arts 3:30pm Sat 18 Jul
Sky Arts HD 3:30pm Sat 18 Jul
Sky Arts 1:55am Mon 20 Jul
Sky Arts HD 1:55am Mon 20 Jul
Sky Arts 10:20am Tue 21 Jul
Sky Arts HD 10:20am Tue 21 Jul
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Actors Alec Baldwin and Elaine Stritch attend the "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" screening at Paley Center For Media on Feb. 19, 2014 in New York City.
The documentary The Homestretch will air on PBS’ Independent Lens on April 13 at 10 PM. Member Elizabeth Hemmerdinger is one of the associate producers and member Laverne Berry worked on the production as an attorney. The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers will surprise, inspire and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
A full list of screenings and festivals can be found here.
What’s it like to be in Hollywood during Oscars weekend? Playwright/producer/ screenwriter Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, a Women’s Voices board member, is our Beverly Hills correspondent: She has promised to tell her diary, and us, what’s happening out there during her working—but definitely glamorous—weekend.Read More
At Bruce Bozzi Jr.’s Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills, Catherine Tambini, who produced Oscar’s nominated Suzanne Farrell doc, and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, who produced Elaine Stritch’s, are now doing “Dance With Me,” about physically challenged Americans . . .Read More
Broadway diva Elaine Stritch breaks the fourth wall and shares the script of her life. Brash and bawdy, Stritch brought her special brand of humor to every situation on and offscreen, a technique often applied to mask deep insecurities about her own talent. As Stritch prepares for her swan song performance at the Cafe Carlyle, Shoot Me audiences have a front-row seat to observe master thespian—and one helluva woman—at work.Read More