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Doc Talk with Judith Helfand on September 29, 2014

Please join us on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Kellen Auditorium for DOC Talk with Judith Helfand. The Indie producer, will screen her Pultizer Prize-winning documentary, A Health Baby Girl (1997), which follows her experiences as a DES-daughter coping with cervical cancer and, in the process, becoming an outspoken critic of Big Pharma and champion of women’s efforts to effect social change. She will discuss her career as a filmmaker and her advocacy of social issue media and women’s film.

She is the co-founder of Working Films, which cultivates partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, and educators to advance social justice and support community-based change. She is also the founder of Chicken + Egg, the only nonprofit film fund dedicated solely to supporting women documentary film directors. Since 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has awarded $3.3 million and 5,000 hours of mentorship to over 160 films that tackle human rights, social justice, and environmental issues.

Helfand was co-producer and co-director with teacher and mentor George Stoney on the The Uprising of ’34, but she is best known for her moving autobiographical films. Her last feature, made with frequent collaborator Dan Gold, is Everything’s Cool (2007), and it focuses on the environmental hazards of global warming. For a preview of her work-in-progress, check out The New York Times’ OpDoc site for May 7, 2014: Love and Stuff.

Doc Talk is sponsored by the School of Media Studies and the Certificate in Documentary Studies program.

This event is open to all Media Studies and Doc Studies students.