We Are Providence Productions

Why do great stories about women make such an impact

Is it because -- in a film that accurately reflects the real lives of women – what we see played out on the screen is the dance of opposing forces that co-exist inside many women?  Defiant and nurturing, driven and empathetic, opinionated and tough, but open-minded, embracing the new, keeping the world good.   When there’s a terrific female character on screen, we can’t take our eyes – or our minds - off her.

Providence Productions was founded in 2009 to capture some of the extraordinary and complex stories about women.

ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger is the Producer of the documentary on the legendary Elaine Stritch, directed and produced by Chiemi Karasawa of Isotope Films.  The documentary give us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends (Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Tina Fey, Cherry Jones James Gandolfini and John Turturro) and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.

LOST AND SOUND, Imagine waking up in the morning to find that the world sounds utterly different - and music is suddenly unrecognizable.  All the songs you loved and all the songs you 've yet to discover are suddenly out of reach.  1 in 7 of us will experience some kind of deafness in our lifetime. So what would happen to the music you love, if your hearing was lost?  Made by a partially deaf filmmaker after the future of her own hearing was called into doubt, Lost and Sound is a moving and fascinating documentary that follows music critic Nick Coleman, dancer Emily Thornton and pianist Holly Loach over 2 years, as they journey deep into sound and silence to re-discover music after deafness.  The documentary combines intimate filming with original animation, a rich musical soundtrack (often manipulated to reveal what deafness actually sounds like), and new insights from the world’s top neuroscientists, to tell the story of the great human love affair with music.  Its World Premiere was at the SXSW Festival in 2012 - The film's website can be found here - http://lostandsound.org 

GOOD SISTER, a short film written by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger starring the brilliantly funny Jessica Hecht and Grant Shaud, chronicles a woman’s hilarious and heartbreaking struggle to care for and control her elderly mother.  The first narrative film by Providence Productions, THE GOOD SISTER wryly explores the dark side of the role of caregiver assumed by billions of women around the world.   

BEYOND THESE WALLS explores the fascinating life of New York City Living Landmark Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò, from her days as an obedient Milanese schoolgirl under the grip of Mussolini, to her role as the founder of Casa Italiana at New York University. 

THE GIRL WITH THE RIVET GUN -- the 2014 documentary about the millions of “Rosies” who entered the formerly all-male world of tank, ship, aircraft and bomb building during World War II -- digs deeply into 1940s American ideas of race, class and sexuality, and how these women revolutionized what was “socially acceptable” in America. 

THE REAL ROSIE THE RIVETER PROJECT, an invaluable collection of long-form oral histories of women who stepped onto the line and did the jobs formerly held only by men.  These women were the Arsenal of Democracy - and the agents of change on whose shoulders women seeking equal opportunity

 

Elizabeth Hemmerdinger – Founder/CEO

Playwright, screenwriter and producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger doesn’t shy away from stories that need to be told and saying what others leave unsaid.  She explores our dark side with a light touch.  Her stories of rage and frustration, of toughness and perseverance, of overcoming odds -- and sometimes succumbing to them  -- tell the truth about human relationships, particularly those involving women.  

Hemmerdinger, a native New Yorker, began her career in theater and film as a playwright, winning the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Goldberg Prize for We Can Do It! which she is now adapting as a film.  Her play Squall was the winner of the U.S. West Theatre Festival.  That and two other plays, Fine Family and The National Treasure, have been produced from Williamstown Theater Festival to Europe.   Her growing cycle of 10-minute Rage Plays – including Rug Rage, Road Rage, Pissed Sister (the basis for THE GOOD SISTER) and The Pier Group – are produced around the country. 

Hemmerdinger is the Executive Producer of The Real Rosie The Riveter Project, a growing collection of filmed oral histories of the women who took the place of men on the production line during World War II.  The collection is housed at NYU’s Tamiment Labor Archive at the Bobst Libraries.

A tireless advocate for women, Hemmerdinger has written for Ms. Magazine; and is a member of the Board of Directors of Women’s Voices for Change, and a regular contributor to its website.  She is a founding board member of Dancing Dreams, which teaches a unique collaboration between high school girls and children with severe physical disabilities.  Hemmerdinger has taught literacy at the Bedford Hills Correctional Center, has served as a panelist and mentor at the Vassar College Drama and Film Conference and sits on the Dean’s Council of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she received an MFA in dramatic writing.  She is currently Visiting Artist at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.