Meet Dr. Michelle Thaller – MAKERS Women in Space Guest Speaker (Busboys and Poets)

M_Thaller5Dr. Michelle Thaller is an astronomer by profession, and Assistant Director for Science Communication and Higher Education , Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA Goddard Space flight Center in Washington, DC. Michelle is a specialist in the life cycle of stars and no stranger to television. She was featured in the documentary “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers” on the PBS series NOVA where she shared her passion for Renaissance dance. Michelle makes the connections between science and performing 400 year old dances in a 25lb dress.

Anqoinette Crosby, host of “Vocal Point” on WHUT will be the moderator for the Q&A following the screening of MAKERS Women in Space Sunday, October 26 at Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)

Read more about Dr. Michelle Thaller in an interview posted on the NASA website.

Reserve your seat for MAKERS Women in Space.

Will the next movie you see pass the Bechdel Test?

The Bechdel Test is a “litmus test” for women characters and themes in movies. Here are the three questions:

1. Are there two or more women in it who have names?
2. Do they talk to each other?
3. Do they talk to each other about something other than a man?

Find more on the topic of women in popular culture on the Feminist Frequency website blog.

And be sure to watch MAKERS on PBS starting September 30 (check local listings) or via Community Cinema to join the live(ly) conversation.

New Time for WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD | Meet the Speakers

Due to a scheduling conflict, the September 28th Community Cinema [DC] presentation of MAKERS: Women in Hollywood at Busboys and Poets (14th & V Streets) will begin at 4 PM (instead of 5 PM). Please make your reservations on Eventbrite or call 202-939-0794 for information.


Executive Director
Women in Film & Video (WIFV)
Women in Film & Video (WIFV) of Washington, DC is dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, television, video, multimedia and related disciplines. WIFV supports women in the industry by promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, serving as an information network, and educating the public about women’s creative and technical achievements.

Graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design
NiallaAs a child Washington D.C. native Nialla LeBouef filled her head and free time with stories. Surrounded by cinema at a very young age Nialla played make believe all too much and never quite grew out of it. Citing a myriad of cinema masters as inspiration their work and many others inspired her to study film making and her passion lead her to the Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated and received a BFA in Film and Television in 2012. Since then Nialla has worked on several projects, her many interests and passions weave their way through her creative endeavors and continue to grow as she does.

See the trailer for Nialla’s film “The Restless” which was shown in the 2013 Annapolis Film Festival.

The Restless Trailer from Lukas Dreser on Vimeo.

Download a MAKERS: Women in Hollywood DISCUSSION GUIDE

MAKERS launches Community Cinema [DC] 2014-2015 Season


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.”


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


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
2021 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Reserve on Eventbrite or call 202-939-0794 for information.

- FRIDAY, October 17 at 7:30 PM
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washignton, DC 20003
Information and reservations – visit or call 202-549-4172


MAKERS: Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the 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
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Information and reservations – visit or call 202-549-4172

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


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
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Information and reservations – visit or call 202-549-4172