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‘Seeing is Believing: Women Direct’ Puts Female Filmmakers in the Spotlight

"The bias is beyond the industry, but through our industry we can affect the world view of women storytellers."

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Seeing is Believing: Women Direct

Logline: We are the stories we tell ourselves.

Elevator Pitch:

Ask a friend not in the industry to name three female filmmakers they love. I bet they can’t do it. Why? Why don’t we see and hear more about the incredible films by women? Women have been making films since the invention of the camera yet they continue to be the underdogs of fighting against systemic bias to get their work made. This five-hour serialized documentary reveals these artists in a way the public has never seen them before: as women, as artists, as as colleagues, and as leaders. You do have to “see it to believe it.”

Production Team:

Cady McClain, director/producer:
McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actor and director of two short films, “Flip Fantasia” and “The World of Albert Fuh.” Winner “Best Comedy/Drama Short” at the Ohio IndieFest. “Honorable Mention Best Director” by the LA Film Review and “HM” SaMo FF. Official selection LAIndieFest, SOHO Film Fest, and Macon Film Fest. AP on the multi-festival award winning, distributed feature “How We Got Away With It.”

Kate Super, producer:
Credits include “Homeless Not Hopeless,” “Soledad,” “Women on the Edge,” and “Misha Versus Moscow: The Battle for Georgia’s Future.” Kate is currently a partner at Lift Media 360, a New York based media and digital communications production company.

Amanda Quinn Olivar, Associate Producer:
An LA editor for Curator magazine, Quinn Olivar sits on the board of The Chimaera Project, an entertainment 501(c)3 presenting opportunities for women and promoting gender equality in the media arts. She has curated a variety of exhibits at venues such as the Skirball Cultural Center, the Fresno Art Museum, Arte Americas, the Brand Art Center, John Wayne Airport and the Chaffey Art Association Museum.

Kimberly McCullough, Associate Producer:
A member of DGA, Kimberly recently finished directing her second episode of “Pretty Little Liars” for Freeform. She has participated in the ABC/DGA Creative Talent Program, the Warner Brothers program, and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. At AFI, she wrote and directed the dark comedy, “Nice Guys Finish Last.” The film won the AFI Nancy Malone award and has been accepted into 12 festivals world wide, including LA Comedy Fest and Shockfest where Kimberly received the “Best Director” award. Kimberly has shadowed Lesli Linka Glatter on “Homeland” and Andy Fickman on “Liv and Maddie.”

Jon Lindstrom, associate producer:
Lindstrom has written, co-written and re-written many screenplays, including “The Hard Easy,” starring Bruce Dern, Vera Farmiga and Peter Weller (released by HBO/Time Warner) and the award-winning independent feature, “How We Got Away With it,” which he also directed and co-produced (released by Devolver Films and Alchemy). He was a finalist in the emerging director competition at the St Louis International Film Festival, as well as numerous festival awards and nominations in “Best of,” “Audience,” and “Acting” categories

Naima Ramos-Chapman, original score:
Ramos-Chapman’s first short film “And Nothing Happened”, about the emotional aftermath of sexualized violence, premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival and is making its rounds at film festivals nationwide. Collaboratively, Naima has lent her eyes and ears to artists like “MacArthur Genius” Kyle Abraham of A.I.M (Abraham In Motion), Terence Nance, Colorlines and Saint Heron.

Xaviera Lopez, animator:
Xaviera Lopez is a Chilean artist whose animation has been seen in music videos, gifs, and branded content for Coca-cola. This is her first film.

About the Film:

Directing, although a collaborative art, is a lonely job. When I looked around the festivals and saw a 9 to 1 ratio of men to women, when I was handed a “producer” tag as if they couldn’t believe I directed the film, when I someone said to me, “Women direct films? I didn’t know that!” When I dreamt of being a professional director then read the dreadful hiring statistics… I knew I had to do something to change the narrative landscape. The bias is beyond the industry, but through our industry we can affect the world view of women storytellers.

Current Status: In fundraising and post production. First episode completed in solid rough cut stage.

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