As part of our Parity Pipeline Program to support women filmmakers, The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College conducts a Works In Progress program for women documentarians. Several of the films that have participated in the program have been completed including Trapped, 93 Queen, and Radical Grace among many others.
For our 10th Anniversary, we elevated the works-in-progress program with the addition of Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand as a consultant to the program. She worked directly with filmmakers to put them in the best position to receive funding and or advance their projects to the next level.
The desire is for the filmmakers to come out of the program with a strongly developed pitch along with additional materials.
2020 Works-in-Progress Filmmakers
Black Mothers – Directed by Debora Souza Silva
Violence, Outrage, Impunity. Repeat. BLACK MOTHERS follows the journey of two women working to disrupt the cycle of racist police violence within our country’s judicial system. As one mother navigates the aftermath of her son’s attack by local officers, the other channels her grief into organizing other mothers to fight for concrete change and justice.
Driver – Directed by Nesa Azimi
DRIVER follows a dynamic community of women long-haul truck drivers. Threatened by routine sexual violence and bound by a system in which multibillion-dollar megacarriers and oppressive regulatory regimes conspire to leave the individual driver anonymous and disposable, one woman brings together a group of drivers to find strength, solidarity, and self-determination on the road.
Mama Gloria by Luchina Fisher
Before Janet Mock and Laverne Cox, there was Gloria Allen. MAMA GLORIA is an intimate portrait of aging about a trailblazing 74-year-old black transgender woman who transitioned before Stonewall, started a charm school for homeless trans youth, and is now looking for someone to spend the rest of her life with.
The Fire That Took Her by Patricia E. Gillespie
THE FIRE THAT TOOK HER chronicles the life and death of Judy Malinowski— the first woman to testify from beyond the grave, at the trial for her own murder. A story that lives at the intersection of true crime and #MeToo THE FIRE THAT TOOK HER goes deep inside a landmark case to ask a timely question: How much must women suffer in order to be believed?