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Creating Films, Creating Change

March 22, 2010

Filmmakers and change-makers: on Thursday, after the Job Fair, be sure to wander over to Ward I (lower level) for a 5:15-6:30 p.m. conversation with Peabody-award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand, sponsored by The Center for Social Media , with the SOC Women’s Collective, the AU Career Center, and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

Building on a decade of developing innovative outreach and organizing efforts around the distribution of her own films, Helfand co-founded Working Films in 1999, and, more recently, Chicken & Egg Pictures, which funds and promotes women’s documentary projects directed toward social change.  Helfand’s own filmography includes: the Sundance-award-winning, twice Emmy-nominated Blue Vinyl (co-directed with Daniel B. Gold), and its Peabody-award-winning prequel A Healthy Baby Girl (a five-year video-diary about her experience with DES related cancer), Everything’s Cool (on global warming prophets and revisionists, co-directed with Daniel Gold), and, most recently, Cooked, a film in progress (screened this past Sunday at the DC Environmental Film Festival), on a deadly 1995 heat wave in Chicago and the lessons it offers on environmental disasters, social inequity, and communal responsibility.

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