A Glimpse Inside the "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" Premiere
The premiere of "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall was a MAKER-studded event that included not only the moving documentary but also a powerful line-up of presenters who had a lot to say about the extraordinary impact women have made in America in the last fifty years.
Dyllan McGee, Founder and Executive Producer of MAKERS, started off the show. The documentary was a project eight years in the making, she revealed. She initially had the idea to tell Gloria Steinem's story. Steinem, however, insisted that the women's movement was a story meant to be shared by hundreds of women. Dyllan listened, and the result was MAKERS. At the premiere, McGee honored the MAKERS whose stories she was able to capture and the MAKERS no longer with us who paved the way.
Paula Kerger (President and CEO of PBS), Gina Boswell (Executive Vice President Personal Care North America at Unilever), Sharon Percy Rockefeller (President and CEO of WETA) and Maureen Sullivan (SVP & General Manager, Women's and Lifestyle Content, AOL) talked about the unique and collaborative process it took to develop and launch the MAKERS initiative and share it across two mediums -- digital and broadcast.
Gloria Steinem shared her gratitude for all the MAKERS involved in the project and jokingly remarked "if only we get the rest of the world to be like this room, we'd be fine!" Tim Armstrong (CEO and Chairman, AOL) brought the presentation to a close by sharing a touching story about a young girl who attended a special screening of MAKERS at her school and the next day wrote herself a note directing herself to "be a MAKER." Armstrong reminded the audience that "at the end of the day, the goal is to make more MAKERS."
Be sure to watch the PBS broadcast premiere of "MAKERS: Women Who Make America" February 26th 8PM EST (check local listings).
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