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6 New Documentaries in 2014

In partnership with PBS, MAKERS is pleased to announce six new documentaries for 2014 that focus on specific areas where women have truly blazed trails and served as groundbreakers in their fields. Similar to the 2013 release of MAKERS: Women Who Make America, we have assembled a star-studded collection of new MAKERS women for this series and cannot wait to share, inspire and transform. 

 

We will tell the known and unknown stories in the areas of war, space, comedy, business, Hollywood and politics with threads and insights that will help shape your view on the contributions from women in some of the most historic moments for both our country and our world. You will not want to miss this broadcast! 

 

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Airing in June 2014

 

MAKERS: WOMEN & COMEDY

Produced and Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

WOMEN & COMEDY tracks the gutsy rise of women in the comedy industry, starting with the pioneers of the 1970’s comedy club scene and building to today’s multifaceted, constantly changing landscape, in which films like Bridesmaids, along with podcasts and the web, have showcased women as comics, writers and content creators like never before. Through the voices of our most relevant comics, including Lily Tomlin, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, and many others, we tell the story of where women started in this highly competitive, male- dominated profession, and where they are still determined to go.

 

MAKERS: WOMEN & WAR

Produced and Directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing

WOMEN & WAR will look at American women’s increasing participation in war, from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats, and spies. We talk to women like Linda Bray, who became the first woman to lead troops into battle in the invasion of Panama, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged when she was outed by the Bush administration as a high level spy. We explore what women’s progress and leadership in the military means for its institutions, as well as how they bear on broader cultural conversations about gender.

 

MAKERS: WOMEN & SPACE

Produced and Directed by Michael Epstein

WOMEN & SPACE is a story that begins in the late 1950’s with a group of pioneering women who sacrificed and trained for space flight, only to have their path to space heartbreakingly blocked simply because they were women. Although the “job” of astronaut was finally opened to women in the 1970’s, it wasn’t until 1999 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to finally command a spacecraft. Our film will end inside NASA, where we’ll follow the current class of women engineers, mathematicians, and astronauts who will make up the next generation of spaceflight.

 

 

Airing in September 2014

MAKERS: WOMEN & POLITICS

Produced and Directed by Grace Lee Produced by Rory Kennedy WOMEN & POLITICS tells the stories of groundbreaking women in politics who were “firsts” in their fields, opening the gates for other women to follow in their footsteps. We’ll explore

the diverse paths that more seasoned legislators took to pursue public office and the personal and political challenges they faced along the way. Coursing throughout the episode will be verité footage following a young Michigan woman entering electoral politics for the first time—a story that will offer opportunities for each MAKER to reflect on a variety of questions that accompany being a woman in politics, and that will ultimately show audiences both how far women in politics have come and how far we still have to go.

 

MAKERS: WOMEN & HOLLYWOOD

Produced and Directed by Linda Knowlton Produced by Rory Kennedy

WOMEN & HOLLYWOOD will examine the evolution of women in Hollywood, from its earliest pioneers to its present day power players. We’ll interview 12-15 legendary and groundbreaking women, interweaving their personal stories decade by decade from the 1970s onward. Coming into the present day, we will illustrate how recent business developments and technology breakthroughs have enabled women to move away from the traditionally male-dominated models of financing and distribution, and allowed them to break new ground especially in the areas of TV, digital and independent film.

 

MAKERS: WOMEN & BUSINESS

Directed by Jamila Wignot Produced by Leah Williams

WOMEN & BUSINESS brings us the story of the exceptional women - past and present - who have taken the world of business by storm. As told by women business leaders themselves, the film is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it, and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who over the course of fifty years have proven - be it in the rough and tumble world of Wall Street, in the halls of corporate America, or through the grit and determination of building business empires of their own - that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be.

 

MAKERS: Women Who Make America (originally aired February, 2013)

MAKERS: Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. MAKERS brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. Trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey share their memories, as do countless women who challenged the status quo in industries from coal-mining to medicine. MAKERS captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.

 

Screening materials are available for educators, organizations and others interested in viewing within their communities. To request MAKERS screening materials, lesson plans, and educator toolkit, click here.

 

MAKERS: Women Who Make America DVD

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A film by Kunhardt McGee Productions, Storyville Films, and WETA Washington D.C. in association with Ark Media

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Dyllan McGee
Betsy West
Peter Kunhardt

Senior Producer
Barak Goodman

Narrated by
Meryl Streep

Hours 1 & 2 Written and Produced by
Barak Goodman

Hour 3 Written & Produced by
Pamela Mason Wagner

Co-Produced by
Jamila Ephron

Edited by
Ilya Chaiken
Pamela Scott Arnold

Associate Produced by
Jessie Beauchaine

Archival Researcher
Holly Siegel

Original Music composed by
Joel Goodman

Additional Music
Miriam Cutler
Nathan Halpern
Christopher Riggio

Additional Cues composed by
Chris Ruggiero

Additional Editing
Kate Hirson
Scott Davis
Lisa Gross

Sound Design & Mix
Richard Fairbanks

Cinematography
Stephen McCarthy
Samuel Russell
Ben Bloodwell

Interviewers
Betsy West
Barak Goodman
Pamela Mason Wagner
Dyllan McGee
Jamila Ephron
Sara Wolitzky
Talleah Bridges McMahon
Nancy Armstrong
Pat Mitchell
Chris Durrance
Julie Cohen
Emma Cott
Jessie Beauchaine
Beth Osisek
Caroline Suh

Treatment by
Chris Durrance

Additional Camera
Edward Marritz
Antonio Rossi
Jon Chater
Michael Chin
Peter Nicoll
Greg Brutus

Production Assistants
Salim Hasbini
Raymond Chiu
Stephen Robinson

Stills Animation
Andy Cahill
Stephanie Lynch

Additional Archival Research
Amy Schewel
Polly Pettit
Eva Payne

Sound Effects
Philippe Desloovere
Dow and Marsha McKeever

Foley Artist
Brian Vancho

Additional Dialogue Editing
Deborah Wallach

Sound Recordists
Mark Mandler
Len Schmitz
Nick Kolias
Doug Dunderdale
Grant Johnson
Brice Hughes
Jeff Deeth
Tim D’Allesandro
Mike Jones

Grips
Conor Jensen
Matt Mohebalian

Business Manager
Stef Gordon

Production Manager
Rebecca Brillhart

Laybacks
Framerunner

Interns
Bonnie Foster
Emma Gross
Max Weinreich
Christina Jobe
Max Bloom
Molly Shapiro
Christine Hsu
Nesa Azimi
Lorrie Guess
Donnique Young

Title Sequence
Brian Oakes

Graphics
Handcranked Productions

Colorist
Mark Sutton

 

For Kunhardt McGee Productions & Storyville Films

Producers
Sara Wolitzky
Talleah Bridges McMahon

Archival Research
Jill Cowan
Renee Silverman

Co-Producers
George Kunhardt
Teddy Kunhardt

Supervising Producer
Audrey Costadina

Coordinating Producer
Eric Forman

Associate Producers
Emma Cott
Rebecca Losick
Peter Saalfield
Jaime Sukonnik

Production Assistant

Matt Goldman
Bryan Hendershot

 

Business Affairs
Mary Farley

Legal
Robert Freedman
Robert Gold
Drew Patrick

Interns
Denise Blostein
Stephanie Cohen
Jennifer DePreist
Ruby Hilvko
Maya Knell
Clifton Lee
Nate Mattison
Emily McCabe
Diana Neille
Rachel Orol
Doireann O'Rourke
Kate Radlauer
Elizabeth Sims
April Slaughters
Lauren White

Advisors to MAKERS project
William Chafe
Gail Collins
Nancy Cott
Sara Evans
Paula Giddings
Linda Gordon
Mary Ting Yi Lui
Nancy MacLean
Amy Richards
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol
Hon. Barbara Smith
Gloria Steinem

 

Archival Materials

ATO Pictures

National Archives and Records Administration

Getty Images

Corbis

AP Images

Magnum Pictures

ABC News VideoSource

NBC Universal Archives

CNN ImageSource

Vanderbilt Television News Archives

T3 Media

Carson Entertainment Group

The Gardner Group

F.I.L.M. Archives

JEB (Joan E. Biren)

Bettye Lane

Virginia Blaisdell

Ms. Foundation

Women Make Movies

The Brearley Collection

Judy Blume

Barbara “Dusty” Roads

Alix Kates Shulman

Aileen Hernandez

Special Collections, Duke University Library

The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

United States Supreme Court

Muriel Fox

Vincent Grass

Ruth Rosen

Bev Grant

Barbara Smith

Jo Freeman

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Michael Abramson

New York University Archives, Photographic Collection

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University

Rose Garrity

Takestock

Imageworks

Betty Dodson

Charlotte Bunch

Marlo Thomas

Billie Jean King

Sherri Chessen

Sarah Weddington

Rutgers University

Sharon Frontiero

Meg Whitman

Herstories

Ann Chwatsky

Wake Forest University Archives

University of Washington Special Collections

Eagle Forum

Phyllis Schlafly

Faye Wattleton

Todd Studio

Jane Bovard

Diana Mara Henry

Historic Films

Streamline Films

Prelinger Films

Diana Davies Photographs, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library

 

Al Sutton

Dick Cavett

Ogilvy

Frances Pellegrini

Sophia Smith Collection

Media Projects

Budget Films

Critical Past

Open Road Productions

CTV News Stox/The Shirley Show

Oddball

KERA Dallas

Footage Farm

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Linda Alvarado

Jean Kilbourne

Mark Wynn

Hartford Courant

Barbara Burns

Susan Love

Beth Israel Hospital

Jeff Malet

Abigail Pogrebin

Arlie Hochschild

Michelle Rhee

CTV News Stox/The Shirley Show

Amy Richards

Christine Pattee

Diana Davies Photographs, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library

Miss America Organization

Cornell Law Library

Roberta Walker

The Women’s Library, London

The Hartford Courant

The Nashville Tennessean

CBS/Photofest

K-SAT San Antonio

KTHI-TV News 11 Fargo North Dakota

State Historical Society of North Dakota, State Archives, Newsfilm Collection KTHI-TV (Fargo, N.D.).

Gloria Steinem

Kathrine Switzer

Sheryl Sandberg

Elizabeth “Betita" Martinez

WJZ Collection, University of Baltimore

Ben Tyler

Free to be Foundation

Landov Media

Black Women’s Health Imperative

John Kouns

Special Collections, University of Virginia

University of California, Davis

Brenda Berkman

Clinton Presidential Library

The Baltimore Sun

University of Chicago

Dorothea Jacobson-Wenzel

Sheryl WuDunn

Producers Library

Film Archives Inc.

Sisters of ‘77 by Cynthia Mondell and Allen Mondell

Vincent Graas
Richard B. Russell Library, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens

 

 

Special Thanks

Wanda Adams
Caroline Adler
A G Foundation
Anne Alvergue
Anthony Alznauer
Diane Archer and Stephen Presser
Arete Foundation
Ti-Grace Atkinson
Kristi Atwell
Leigh Bantivoglio
Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen
Leslie Bennetts
Amy Binder
Clara Y. Bingham
Sylvia Bitton-Netherton
The Otis Booth Foundation
Laura Brown
Robyn Caplan
Diana Carey
Joy Carlos
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Amy Cowan
Mary Daly
Florence A. Davis
Ric Dispinseri
Kurt Fulepp
The Falcon Fund Foundation
Ford Foundation
Kyle Gibson
Faye Ginsburg
Emily Glatzer
Tami Gold
Victoria M. Gordon
Christina Griffin
Kit Gruelle
Jessica S. Guff
Roy Hamm
Hess Foundation
Leslie Henshaw
Susan Hootstein
Helen LaKelly Hunt
Oren Jacoby
Margaret Jessup
Serene Jones
Michael Kimmel
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Mimi Kravetz
Polly LaBarre
Jo Carole Lauder
Daniel Laurence
Samantha Leibovitz
Jane Maas

Wendy Mackenzie
Darrell Mashia
Roopa Mathew
Ashley McDermott
Susan Mercandetti
Steve Meszaros
Wenda Harris Millard
Jennie Miller
Miguel Mir
NoVo Foundation
Samantha Oddi
Ellen Pearlman
Craig Peralta
Sarah Peter
Alice Peterson
Holly Peterson Foundation
Peter G. Peterson
Blair Pillsbury Enders
Marnie S. Pillsbury
Megan Praska
Philippe Reines
The Rice Family Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
Sharon Percy Rockefeller
Carly Romeo
Carlin Ross
Michael Rubens
Marlene Sanders
Julie Sandorf
Kathie Sarachild
Johanna Schiller
Betty Schlein
The Shoreland Foundation
Sister Fund
Justin Michael Smith
Megan Smith
Rita Smith
Gail Solow
Stephanie Spanarkel
Daryn Strauss
Stuart Family Foundation
Maureen Sullivan
The Alice M. & Thomas J. Tisch Foundation
Maureen Traynor
Rolisa Tutwyler
Lee & Cynthia Vance Foundation
Ali Vilensky
Darren Walker
Susan Wallach
Fred Weinberg
Mike Whitmore
Jeanne Winnick-Brennan
Valerie Wynn
Naomi Yasuda
The Jacquelyn & Gregory Zehner Foundation

 

For WETA

Executive Producer
Dalton Delan

Project Executive
Anne Harrington

Production Management
Jim Corbley
Helen Yi

Station Relations
Karen Fritz
Suzanne Masri
Khanh Phan

Interactive and Education
Kathryn Wilson
Joseph p. Frye

Graphics
Cynthia Aldridge
Michele Wells

Promotion
Mary Stewart
Kate Kelly
DKC Public Relations

Legal
Lisa Lindstrom Delaney
Michael Holstein

 

For MAKERS.com

SVP & GM of Women's Content and Lifestyle Brands
Maureen Sullivan

General Manager
Kurt Fulepp

 

Web Producers
Betsy West
Barak Goodman
Pamela Mason Wagner
Dyllan McGee
Jamila Ephron
Sara Wolitzky
Talleah Bridges McMahon
Nancy Armstrong
Pat Mitchell
Chris Durrance
Julie Cohen
Emma Cott
Jessie Beauchaine
Beth Osisek
Caroline Suh

 

MAKERS.com is a collective effort from Team AOL. MAKERS would like to recognize all of the AOL’ers, whose hard work, passion and creativity make MAKERS.com possible.

Anne Alvergue
Anthony Alznauer
Corinne Augone
Cara Brody
Robyn Caplan
Joy Carlos
Ramiro Castro, Jr.
Rob DeChiaro
Brad Elders
Emily Glatzer
Roy Hamm
Susan Hootstein
Zach Johnson
Dara Katz
Dan Laurence
Samantha Leibovitz
Darrell Mashia
Courtney Martin

Roopa Mathew
Stephen Meszaros
Miguel Mir
Devin Nolan
Andrew Peyton
Christopher Pownall
Michael Puretz
Mike Rubens
Monica Schillan
Johanna Schiller
Justin Michael Smith
Stephanie Spanarkel
Emily Tanczyn
Vanessa Valenti
Ali Vilensky
Mike Whitmore
Naomi Yasuda

 

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Partners

Kunhardt McGee

Longtime partners with PBS, HBO and other major networks, Kunhardt McGee is an Emmy award-winning documentary company that specializes in films about the people and ideas that have shaped our history.

Storyville Films For three decades, Storyville Films has produced films based on stories of conscience, courage and innovation, including the Academy-Award nominated Sister Rose's Passion.

Weta

WETA Washington, D.C., is the third-largest producer of programming for the PBS system. Led by Sharon P. Rockefeller, WETA's other productions and co-productions include PBS NewsHour and documentaries by Ken Burns.

Founders Support

The Charles H. Revson Foundation
NoVo Foundation
Ford Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
The Rice Family Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation

Additional Foundation and Individual Support:
A G Foundation
Diane Archer and Stephen Presser
Arete Foundation
Leigh Bantivoglio
Clara Y. Bingham
The Otis Booth Foundation
Florence A. Davis
Falcon Fund Foundation
Victoria M. Gordon
Jessica S. Guff
Hess Foundation
Jo Carole Lauder
Wendy Mackenzie
Sarah Peter
Alice Peterson
Holly Peterson Foundation
Peter G. Peterson
Marnie Pillsbury
Sharon Percy Rockefeller
The Shoreland Foundation
Sister Fund
Stuart Family Foundation
The Alice M. & Thomas J. Tisch Foundation
Lee & Cynthia Vance Foundation
Susan Wallach
The Jacquelyn & Gregory Zehner Foundation

MAKERS.com

MAKERS.com is a collective effort from Team AOL. MAKERS would like to recognize all of the AOL’ers, whose hard work, passion and creativity make MAKERS.com possible.

Anne Alvergue
Anthony Alznauer
Corinne Augone
Cara Brody
Robyn Caplan
Joy Carlos
Ramiro Castro, Jr.
Rob DeChiaro
Brad Elders
Emily Glatzer
Roy Hamm
Susan Hootstein
Zach Johnson
Dara Katz
Dan Laurence
Samantha Leibovitz
Darrell Mashia
Courtney Martin

Roopa Mathew
Stephen Meszaros
Miguel Mir
Devin Nolan
Andrew Peyton
Christopher Pownall
Michael Puretz
Mike Rubens
Monica Schillan
Johanna Schiller
Justin Michael Smith
Stephanie Spanarkel
Emily Tanczyn
Vanessa Valenti
Ali Vilensky
Mike Whitmore
Naomi Yasuda