Speakers

CELINA ESCHER

Celina Escher is a Swiss-Salvadorean filmmaker. She studied documentary film at the International Film and Television School in San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) in Cuba. In 2016 her short film Motriz was part of the student selection at IDFA. Her film Verde Olivo was shown at the Film des Femmes Créteil in France. In 2018 Celina’s short film Luz para Ellas was screened at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in La Habana. In March 2019 Celina was selected at Talent Campus of Guadalajara International Film Festival in Mexico. Fly So Far is Celina’s first documentary feature film.

Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz

Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz are partners in Incite Pictures/Cine Qua Non, who produce and direct feature documentaries that entertain, educate and explore critical contemporary issuesBEI BEI is the latest in a series of films focusing on women from marginalized communities whose personal journeys dramatize the fraught terrain of reproductive rights and justice. Prior titles include Young Lakota (2011)The Education of Shelby Knox (2005), Live Free or Die (2000), Fatherhood USA (1998)The Abortion Pill (1997) and Code Blue: New Orleans (2000).  Their work has been called “unique and memorable,” “pure gold,” and “balanced and truthful,” by the Milwaukee Journal, Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times, respectively. The Washington Post wrote, “their fly-on-the-wall approach fulfills one of the glorious promises of documentary – to put us in the middle of situations we otherwise might never be in.”

In addition to national U.S. broadcasts, their work has been broadcast on the CBC’s Passionate Eye in Canada, The BBC in England, NHK, and many other strands around the world. Their films have won Best Cinematography at The Sundance Film Festival, The Audience Award at SXSW, The Emerging Picture Award at Full Frame, The Full Frame Women in Leadership Award, The Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award and The Jury Prize for Best Documentary at The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Their company, Incite Pictures/Cine Qua Non, has received funding from the NEH, various State Arts and Humanities Councils, and nearly every major foundation supporting media, including the Ford Foundation, the Macarthur Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Packard Foundation.

LAURA BELL-BUNDY

Laura Bell Bundy – singer/actress/activist – best known for her Broadway roles in “Legally Blonde – The Musical”, “Hairspray” and “Sweet Charity.”

Laura and her Women of Tomorrow, album co-writer and podcast co-host, Shea Carter, dives into reproductive health issues facing women throughout history. This is an intimate look at both Bundy and Carter’s personal journeys with their own experiences with reproductive justice.

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