Dirs. Sophie SartainRoberta Grossman | 96 min
Documentary United States 2018 Special Screening
Sunday, May 62:45 PM AFI Silver Theatre
Special screening followed by an extended discussion with filmmakers Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain on the #MeToo movement, moderated by Women in Film and Video President Carletta S. Hurt.
To some, Gloria Allred is a money-grubbing, shrill feminist prone to tawdry theatrics; to others she’s the most effective and fearless women’s rights attorney in America. In this intimate, warts-and-all documentary, one thing is certain: Allred’s 40-year devotion to asserting, protecting, and expanding the rights of women is unwavering and her influence unassailable.
Whether fighting gender discrimination in toy stores, spousal abuse in the O.J. trial, or sexual harassment by Donald Trump, every case is personal and an opportunity to amplify the cause. Her special brand of advocacy often calls for creative solutions. When the statute of limitations prevented her clients from pressing charges against Bill Cosby, she led them in a battle to eliminate the statute for the benefit of future victims. At 76, like an unstoppable superhero with a rolling suitcase and no time to lose, she crisscrosses the country arguing cases, marching for justice, and delivering impromptu speeches on the Lincoln Memorial steps. And as the #MeToo movement gathers steam and powerful men fall, Allred knowingly, stoically declares, “The fight has only just begun.”
–Note adapted from Sundance Film Festival
Screening followed by an extended discussion with filmmakers Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain on the #MeToo movement, moderated by Women in Film and Video President Carletta S. Hurt.
Roberta Grossman is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed, and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Grossman’s 2012 Hava Nagila (The Movie) uses the song “Hava Nagila” as a portal into 150 years of Jewish history, culture, and spirituality. Hannah Senesh: Blessed Is the Match, Grossman’s 2008 film, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, aired on PBS, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
In 2014, Grossman completed Above and Beyond with producer Nancy Spielberg, about the Jewish-American WWII pilots who volunteered to fight in Israel’s War of Independence. Most recently, Grossman teamed with Sophie Sartain to co-direct the Netflix documentary Seeing Allred, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
She also produced Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, 500 Nations, and Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action.
Sophie Sartain’s past positions include executive director of editorial services for MGM Home Entertainment and managing editor of Sony Online Entertainment, where she oversaw a staff of 17 writers, editors and researchers. In 2004, she co-created and co-executive produced the VH1 two-hour special, Fortune Files. As a freelance writer, her clients have included 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, New Line Home Entertainment and ABC Radio Networks. Sartain has collaborated with Roberta Grossman on several film and media projects, including The Rich in America: 150 Years of Town & Country Magazine (A&E) and 500 Nations CD-Rom (Microsoft). She began her career in journalism as a reporter for The Houston Post. In addition to her development work at Katahdin, she is the writer and co-producer of Blessed Is the Match: The Life of Hannah Senesh.
Carletta S. Hurt is an award-winning producer at IKAM Productions, passionate educator, and fierce youth advocate. Film credits include THE CATCHER (short), WATER IN A BROKEN GLASS (feature), JACKIE (NYU award-winning student film), REMEMBER THE TITANS, DRUMLINE, and THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS. She also produces theater and has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading ladies like Jane Fonda, Eve Ensler, Pearl Cleage, and Jasmine Guy. A graduate of Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University, Carletta is dedicated to creating a space for new, unique voices to be heard and a platform to showcase rising talent especially if they are women. She is currently the president of Women in Film & Video DC (WIFV) serving content makers across the DMV.
- “Seeing Allred” differs profoundly from nearly every other time Americans have seen Allred over the years [...] Here, she doesn’t need to elbow her way through the clutter of a crowded, largely male-dominated media landscape in order to be heard. ― Variety
- Utterly and passionately hagiographic, the documentary Seeing Allred presents 96 minutes of reasons to stand and cheer for celebrated feminist lawyer Gloria Allred. ― The Hollywood Reporter
This event finished on May 7, 2018.