MAKERS launches Community Cinema [DC] 2014-2015 Season

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Community Cinema [DC], presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Women & Girls Lead, WHUT, Busboys and Poets, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Center for Media and Social Impact, DC Shorts, Women In Film & Video, and other local partners, is excited to offer advance screenings of the six-part MAKERS series that profiles the impact women have had over the past 50 years in industries once largely closed to women — comedy, politics, space, war, business, and Hollywood. Through intimate interviews with trailblazing women known and unknown, viewers will be given a rare glimpse—sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always candid—of what it was like to be pioneers in their fields.

“MAKERS is not just a media project, it is a movement,” said Dyllan McGee, Founder and Executive Producer of MAKERS. “Each documentary in this six-part series examines the impact of the women’s movement on six fields once largely closed to women. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media reports that since 1946, gender inequality on screen has remained largely unchanged and unchecked and our goal at MAKERS is to help change that statistic.”

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MAKERS: Women in Comedy, Women in Space, and Women in Hollywood will be featured in Community Cinema screenings starting in September. See below:

WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD

MAKERS: Women in Hollywood showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment. Produced by Rory Kennedy with Producer/Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton. Narrated by Julia Roberts.

- SUNDAY, September 28 at 5 PM
BUSBOYS AND POETS
2021 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Reserve on Eventbrite or call 202-939-0794 for information.

- FRIDAY, October 17 at 7:30 PM
HILL CENTER AT THE OLD NAVAL HOSPITAL
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washignton, DC 20003
Information and reservations – visit HillCenterDC.org or call 202-549-4172

WOMEN IN SPACE

MAKERS: Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S.space program. The hour also features the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts—the new group of pioneers who continue to make small but significant steps forward. Produced by Michael Epstein and Sara Wolitzky. Directed by Michael Epstein. Narrated by Jodie Foster.
- FRIDAY, October 10 at 7:30 PM
HILL CENTER AT THE OLD NAVAL HOSPITAL
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Information and reservations – visit HillCenterDC.org or call 202-549-4172

- SUNDAY, October 26 at 5 PM
BUSBOYS AND POETS
2021 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Call 202-939-0794 for information.

WOMEN IN COMEDY

MAKERS: Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of ‘70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Contemporary comics talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go. Produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Narrated by Leslie Mann.

- SUNDAY, October 24 at 7:30 PM
HILL CENTER AT THE OLD NAVAL HOSPITAL
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Information and reservations – visit HillCenterDC.org or call 202-549-4172

“Miss Nikki and The Tiger Girls” – Global Perspectives @ Meridian International Center

Myanmar’s First Girl Band

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MISS NIKKI AND THE TIGER GIRLS
Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 PM

Meridian International Center
1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Screening and Q&A with –
Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID
Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Senior Vice President, Arts and Cultural Programs, Meridian International Center

Special pre-screening event:
Hands-on rock band instrument tutorial and performance at 5 PM

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NO ADMISSION FEE:  RSVP requested: Email publicprograms[at]meridian[dot]org

About the film:
Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls, a film by Juliet Lamont and Jessica Douglas-Henry, is a portrait of a young Australian band manager as she tries to empower Myanmar’s first all-girl band to speak out in one of the world’s most repressive regimes. The film follows the quest of one idealistic ex-pat and five starry-eyed Myanmar girls who are fighting for their right to sing in a country where freedom of speech carries enormous risk. Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls is a metaphor for a country on the brink of change—it explores freedom of expression, censorship, art vs. fame, and the ripple effect of empowering the voiceless through music.

The Global Perspectives Film Series is presented by

Meridian International Center and ITVS.

Meet Our Speakers for THE NEW BLACK (Busboys and Poets)

The June 22nd event at Busboys and Poets for THE NEW BLACK is SOLD OUT. But Community Cinema [DC] is going to extend the conversation through OVEE with a LIVE social screening at 5PM ET/2PM PT. More information at this link: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/ib61u

The June 22nd Community Cinema event is part of “The New Black” Freedom Summer Tour, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer, when student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and African-Americans living in Mississippi to support freedom schools and voter registration activities.

Here are our guest speakers:

SAMANTHA MASTER

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Samantha currently serves as the Youth and Campus Engagement Assistant with the Human Rights Campaign where she engages and builds with students, faculty and administrators at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) to move forward LGBT inclusion on these campuses. She is also a member of the Beyond 100 Movement where she serves in training and capacity building.

TIM’M T. WEST

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Black, gay-identified, feminist, POZ, and working class, Tim’m T. West has embraced all of who he is and, with laser-beam precision, harnessed the power of his truth to illuminate, celebrate, inspire, provoke, and bear witness. Tim’m grew up in Taylor, Arkansas and holds a B.A. from Duke University and M.A.s from Stanford University and the New School for Social Research. Tim’m is an educator and multi-discipline performance artist, author, hip hop recording artist, poet, activist and youth advocate. You can see Tim’m in Byron Hurt’s “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.”

Kimberley McLeod

Guest Moderator
Kimberly McLeodKimberley McLeod is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ELIXHER an award-winning GLAAD Media Award nominated website and magazine geared towards Black lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women. It features uplifting, engaging, empowering and intelligent content (everything from news to commentary to profiles to entertainment).

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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Busboys and Poets, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Center for Media & Social Impact, DC Shorts

WOMEN AND GIRLS LEAD Community Partners – Washington, DC
American Association of University Women (AAUW), Girl Scouts of the National Capital Region, OneBlue.org, National Capital Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women, Global Campaign for Education US Chapter, Institute for Policy Studies, Women In Film and Video