Director BIO: BC Voices, Inc., Elisabeth Harris (STAND UP, SPEAK OUT)

BC Voices, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by women in the Barnard College Class of 1971, hired Elisabeth Harris to produce “Stand UP, Speak OUT: The Personal Politics of Women’s Rights.” Elisabeth has worked as a producer for more than twenty years on projects for CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, Travel Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery and other outlets. She spent seven years at CBS News on long-form documentary specials and breaking news, and directed the hit PBS show “History Detectives” for two seasons. Her subjects have ranged from a documentary on Paul McCartney and his band Wings to a short film about a hermit in Maine. Since 2015 she has been the Supervising Producer of the longest-running history show on cable TV, “Mysteries At The Museum,” on The Travel Channel. Elisabeth holds a BA and an MFA in Film and Television Writing & Production.

Director Statement

Women of the 1960s who came of age while at Barnard College, a premiere NYC institution, during a crucial time in the political, social, and cultural history of the US, tell their stories in online personal interviews about the legislative and social changes that propelled their lives. We highlight conversations with their mothers and daughters, and intertwine the voices of activists to explore the history of our rights from our nation’s founding to today. Historical photos, film footage, and oral history videos will illuminate the value of granting legal protection to women, and the need to continue the fight for women’s rights in jeopardy today.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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