Hearts and Minds: A Film Showcase

Hearts and Minds: A Film Showcase

Starts: Friday, Jul. 17 4:45 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Jul. 17 6:00 PM (Eastern)

Room: 223

Film Showcases present several films in one session by showing 10-15 minutes of each, then inviting a presenter from each film to participate in a moderated discussion. Lineup subject to change. This showcase includes a discussion of  “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” which will have been screened in the previous hour, as well as a presentation of “Brainwashing of My Dad” and a series of shorts from the Transport Workers Union of America.

Brainwashing of My Dad: A filmmaker examines the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her once Democratic WWII vet father – whose immersion in it radicalized him and rocked the foundation of their family. In her journey, she also discovers her experience is a phenomenon that has baffled and broken families across a divided nation.

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” tells the story of the outrageous, often brilliant women who started the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s.  “She’s Beautiful” is a film about the power of discovery and of organizing. It focuses on grassroots groups across the country like the Boston authors of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” the ground-breaking women’s health book, and the women of Jane, the underground abortion service in Chicago. “She’s Beautiful” covers the early days, from 1966 to 1971, and shows the achievements of the movement, as well as the conflicts that arose over race, class and sexual orientation.

TWU Shorts From the Labor Frontlines. The Transport Workers Union of America represents 200,000 members and retirees in the public transit, rail, airline and gaming industries across the U.S. These TWU shorts profile TWU organizing work, legislative efforts and some of the important issues TWU workers are facing on the job.

Moderator

Vicki Kaplan

Organizer


Panelists

Heather Booth

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Heather Booth is one of the country’s leading progressive issue campaigns strategists.
She has been an organizer starting in the civil rights and women’s movement.
She was the founding Director of the Midwest Academy, training social change leaders and organizers. She has been in many political campaigns and was Training Director of the DNC. In 2000, she was the Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which helped increase African American turnout by nearly 2 million votes. She has been consultant to many social change groups including MoveOn.org and National Council of La Raza. She was the lead consultant founding of the Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. She was director of the AFL-CIO Health Care Campaign. She was the founding director of Americans for Financial Reform, fighting to regulate the financial industry. She is now strategic advisor to the Alliance for Citizenship, the Voter Participation Center and NOW.

Other sessions: Screening and Q&A: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”


Mary Dore

Mary Dore

Mary Dore is an award-winning documentary producer who brings an activist perspective to her films. Dore grew up in Auburn, Maine and began her career working with a Boston film collective that produced independent historical documentaries, including Children of Labor (1977) which premiered at the New York Film Festival. She has produced television series for Maine Public Broadcasting and 13/WNET in New York. She produced and co-directed the feature documentary The Good Fight: the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (with Noel Buckner and Sam Sills), which screened at the Toronto, Sundance, and London Film Festivals. She has produced dozens of television documentaries for PBS, New York Times TV, A&E, and the Discovery Channel. Her TV work has won an Emmy, Cine Golden Eagles, and Cable Ace Awards. Dore lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two sons.

Other sessions: Screening and Q&A: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”

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Mary Matthews

Mary Matthews

Mary Matthews travels the country directing, shooting, producing and editing documentary shorts about TWU members, locals and the labor movement at large. Mary’s work has been recognized by ILCA Labor Media Awards and labor film festivals nation-wide. In addition to her work with TWU, Mary has produced television and digital media projects for Bravo TV, CBS Television, Discovery Channel, TV Land, Oxygen, The Learning Channel, HuffPost, Know Your Meme, Brides.com and the NYC Opera. Mary has also been recognized for her crowd sourcing projects “The Slow Dramatic Clap of the Internet” and the annual NYE celebration “Project Midnight”.

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Jen Senko

Jen Senko

Jen Senko is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her first documentary, “Road Map Warrior Women”, won recognition with several festival awards. Her most recent film, co-directed with Fiore DeRosa, “The Vanishing City”, exposes the policies and economic philosophy that has made New York a city for the rich. Narrated by Kathryn Erbe (of “Law and Order”), “The Vanishing City” has garnered festival awards such as Best Feature Documentary in the Williamsburg International Film Festival, Best Short Documentary in the Harlem International Film Festival, and Honorable Mention in the Los Angeles International Film Festival and sales world-wide, as well as screening at The Film Forum and The Anthology in New York. In addition, Senko has also produced and cast numerous independent narrative shorts.

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