Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.
Q&A with director Paula Eiselt and Judith Helfand to follow the screening
Filmmaker Bio: Paula Eiselt is an independent filmmaker whose work has been supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program; the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA); Fork Films; Picture Motion; the Hartley Film Foundation; the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP); and Women Make Movies (WMM) among others. 93QUEEN is Eiselt’s feature directorial debut. 93QUEEN won the top inaugural first look Pitch Fund prize at the 2017 Hot Docs Forum and had its World Premiere at Hot Docs in 2018.
Peabody Award winning filmmaker Judith Helfand is a NYC-based documentary director best known for her ability to use her quirky sense of humor, irony, personal storytelling chops and the power of transparency to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time — from toxic chemical exposure to climate change to the politics of “disaster.” Her films have premiered at Sundance and been nationally broadcast on PBS, HBO andThe Sundance Channel. Blue Vinyl received the Sundance Excellence Award in Cinematography and two Emmy nominations and its prequel, A Healthy Baby Girl, won a Peabody.
Helfand is a field-builder who has helped reshape the documentary landscape by co-founding two critical organizations –Working Films and Chicken & Egg Pictures. She is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and recently premiered Cooked, and is is in post-production on Love & Stuff.