Projects in Production

Artemis Rising has a full slate of exciting films and other media projects in the works

>> Act Like a Holy Man

 ACT LIKE A HOLY MAN is a film with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu that will show us how to live with joy and laughter, especially during trying times. Filmmaker: Peggy Callahan

>> Ain’t I A Woman

A documentary that traces the history of the Equal Rights Amendment to illustrate how across race, class, and gender, the desire to access white male power has undermined the most obvious piece of social progress since the abolition of slavery. Filmmaker: Sabaah Folayan

>> Born into the Gig

How does it feel to grow up in the shadow of greatness? This musical documentary follows striving singer-songwriters with legendary parents — showing that the path to stardom isn’t easy just because you have a famous family. Profiling five musicians, aged 18 to 42, the film intercuts verité scenes, backstage footage, home videos, and family albums — painting an intimate portrait of passionate, second-generation musicians. The film stars Ben and Taylor (children of James Taylor and Carly Simon), Chris Stills (son of Stephen Stills), Skip Marley (grandson of Bob Marley) and Kori Withers (daughter of songwriter Bill Withers). Director: David Heilbroner; Producer: Kate Davis

>> Bring Your Own Brigade

The goal for this film is to illuminate issues around forest fires, including everything from climate change and commercial logging to controlled burns. We look for the causes of, and solutions to, these terrible fires while also telling the stories of some of those affected by the 2018 fires in Paradise and Malibu. Filmmaker: Lucy Walker

>> The Burning

A film about Africa’s migrant crisis through the journeys of three families that begin thousands of miles apart in different countries and intersect as they move closer to the promise of security on European shores. Those fleeing conflict and poverty across the African continent make up the largest population of migrants and refugees. THE BURNING will bring their story to life for the first time. Director/Writer/Producer: Isabella Alexander-Nathani

>> College Behind Bars

This film explores the transformative power of education through the experiences of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees and turn their lives around in one of the country’s most rigorous prison education programs – the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). Filmmakers: Lynn Novick/Sarah Botstein

>> Colonial Heaven

A feel-good sitcom format film to address the devastating absurdity of life in the mid-19th Century American South. Filmmaker: RaMell Ross

>> Earth Camp One

EARTH CAMP ONE, a feature-length work of creative nonfiction, is about filmmaker Jennie Livingston losing four family members in five years. It’s a meditation on impermanence — exploring living in a world where everything and everyone disappears; and where the process of grieving the dead is as imperfect as the challenge of appreciating the living. The film is both a first-person story and a complex animated essay on how our culture views impermanence. Director: Jennie Livingston

>> Feels Good Man

FEELS GOOD MAN, a film about how art and artists can have a great impact in our media and on our culture. Filmmakers: Caryn Capotosto/Arthur Jones/Georgio Angelini

>> Glitch

GLITCH is a film about an individual’s struggle for identity and place in culture, with an imperfect culture’s relationship to technology and desire for “perfection”. Filmmaker: Lynn Hershman Leeson

>> The Glorias

THE GLORIAS is a feature film about the international women’s’ movement as told through the lens of Gloria Steinem’s life and relationships with remarkable activists over the years. The film’s purpose is to inspire people of all genders, races and classes to stand up for gender equality, reproductive freedom and social justice. Filmmaker: Julie Taymor 

>> The Great American Lie

Currently, the United States is experiencing one of its greatest periods of social and economic inequality. Collectively, the wealth of the top 0.1 percent is equivalent to that of the bottom 90 percent. Even though the United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, one in five children and one in eight women live in poverty. Growing economic inequality has created cavernous social, economic and political divides. THE GREAT AMERICAN LIE exposes how the current system is failing, in part, because of a reverence for things considered masculine and a dismissal of things deemed as feminine. Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom

>> The Great Divide

A film about gun violence in America and its connection to the history of violence in America and the trauma that this has caused on a local community level and as a society as a whole. The film seeks to bridge those divides and offer solutions to healing and reconciliation. Director: Tom Donahue Producer: Ilan Arboleda

>> Gunda

A film that examines intelligence, emotions and sensibilities of the animals living in close proximity to us. Filmmaker: Victor Kossakovsky

>> Hazing

HAZING is a documentary film inspired by the tragic death of Robert Champion, a Florida A&M University band member who was killed by his fellow band members during a traditional hazing ritual in 2012. Hazing rituals continue to be widely seen as a meaningful and legitimate rite of passage despite mounting lawsuits, suspensions, increased media coverage, serious injuries, arrests and deaths. The film’s director Byron Hurt, explores this controversial issue from his unique position as an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He hopes the film can be a teaching tool for those who want to preserve the rite of passage experience, while eliminating the more dangerous and harmful aspects of hazing. Director: Byron Hurt

>> Her Name

HER NAME is a 60-minute documentary about three women who run the longest ultramarathons, of 120 miles or more, in the highest mountain ranges and three female entrepreneurs who carve out a livelihood in those mountains. The women profiled in the film refuse to be defined by gender, culture, age or the parameters society sets for them: Aparna and Thenlis defy culturally-acceptable roles for women by traversing the Himalayas, a former Olympic cross-country skier fights against her age to compete in a 125-mile race, a mother of five children competes alongside the director in a 200-mile ultramarathon in California’s Sierra Nevada, and a local Native American strives to preserve her tribe’s ancient culture in the mountains they’ve called home for thousands of years. Director/Producer: Rebecca Byerly

>> Hunter’s Silence

During her childhood, Hunter Austin was enamored with the character Cindy Prescott from the popular kids’ show, THUNDER. After turning 50, Austin finally got to meet the woman behind that role — Melora Hardin. Hardin was fascinated by her fan’s life. Days filled by animal actors in an enchanting home, it all seemed so magical. But things weren’t as they appeared. The course of Austin’s life had been changed after she was raped at the age of 7. HUNTER’S SILENCE follows Austin’s journey to face the traumas of her path and start her path to healing. Director: Melora Hardin; Producer: James Younger.

>> Hurricane Hate (working title)

Kim A. Snyder’s HURRICANE HATE is her second look at Shelbyville, a small rural town in the middle of Tennessee’s bible belt. Using footage of the recent White Lives Matter March there, archival footage, and scenes from her previous film about the town, WELCOME TO SHELBYVILLE, Snyder attempts to answer, “What happens when hate comes to your town?” Director: Kim A. Snyder

>> I Am We

I AM WE shows the realities of Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.) — formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Many patients who experience dissociative symptoms have suffered from childhood abuse. The film chronicles Denise “Willow” Murray’s journey processing and healing from a childhood so permeated with abuse that her mind created more than 40 dissociated personalities in order to survive. Produced with Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital, the documentary includes Willow’s participation in their groundbreaking brain imaging research study on D.I.D. Explaining the experience of the disorder as well as the science behind it, the film aims to give a voice to the millions of people with D.I.D. in the United States. Director/Producer: Ron Davis

>> In the Body of the World

Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body—a disconnection brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. “Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth,” she writes, “I could not feel or know their pain.”. Based on her book of the same name, this film is a visionary memoir of separation and connection—to the body, the self, and the world. Filmmaker: Eve Ensler

>> Jacinta (working title)

JACINTA follows a young mother in and out of prison in Maine. Through the lens of her life, the documentary explores the relationship between trauma and love within a family fractured by cycles of addiction and incarceration. Director/Producer: Jessica Earnshaw; Producer: Holly Meehl

>> Just a Piece of Paper

JUST A PIECE OF PAPER aims to shine a light on the sacrifices made by those who serve us all with their work in the arts and often with very little support, appreciation and validation. Filmmaker: Kelcey Edwards

>> The Life Ahead

A film about Madame Rosa, an old retired Jewish prostitute living in the slums of Bari, Italy. And Momo, a 12 year old son of one such Middle-Eastern Muslim prostitute. Filmmakers: Edoardo Ponti / Sophia Loren

>> Love & Stuff

Seven months after helping her terminally ill mother die in home-hospice, filmmaker Judith Helfand, at 50 years of age, becomes a “new old” single mother. Overnight, she’s pushed to deal with her stuff: 63 boxes of her parents’ heirlooms overwhelming her office-turned-future-baby’s room, the weight her mother had begged her to lose, and the reality of being a half-century older than her daughter. Originally a six-part docu-series produced for The New York Times Op-Docs online series, LOVE & STUFF is currently being developed into a feature documentary. Director/Producer: Judith Helfand

>> Mandela’s Children

A film based on a unique and heart-warming conversation between Nelson Mandela and his grandchildren. It begins in Johannesburg in 2009, with Ndaba Mandela gently leading his grandfather into a room where his other grandkids eagerly await him. And it continues, following four of Mandela’s grandchildren today, reflecting on life with their larger-than-life Granddad and his legacy. It ends with Kweku at Mandela’s grave in Qunu on the day of his funeral. Directors: Kewku Mandela, Jens Meurer

>> My Name is Andrea

MY NAME IS ANDREA explores the visceral effects of male violence on women through the writings and biography of radical feminist Andrea Dworkin (1946–2005). Dworkin’s experience of male violence was the unflinching compass for her work. The genre-defying film interweaves archival footage and interviews with dramatized personas representing the different sides of Dworkin. Amandla Stenberg plays the Wild Child, Soko the Poet, Kalki Koechlin the Lover, and Patti LuPone the Pariah. Dworkin’s eventful life story is of a woman coming to speech despite the relentless attempts to silence and misrepresent her. Director: Pratibha Parmar

>> Not Carol

When Carol Coronado killed her three young daughters on May 20, 2014, no one could believe it. Carol had always been a model mother — loving, attentive, engaged. The kids had always been her pride and joy. But like hundreds of other mothers who’ve killed their children or themselves each year, Coronado was suffering from Postpartum Psychosis at the time of her crime. No one could see it, so no one could stop it. With exclusive access to the Coronado family and legal team, NOT CAROL investigates the taboo world of maternal mental health.

>> Obsessed with Light

A film that tells the story of American performer Loie Fuller, a pioneer of dance, stage lighting and design. Filmmakers: Sabine Krayenbuehl / Zeva Oelbaum

>> On the Record

This film is tackling and hoping to change issues of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry. It will not only explore and expose the nature and impact of these crimes, but also analyze and present the systemic elements that encourage their proliferation: namely the economic inequities that lead to power imbalances which perpetrators exploit. Filmmakers: Kirby Dick / Amy Ziering

>> Once Was Water

To bring awareness to the global water crisis, ONCE WAS WATER looks at an unexpected place for solutions — Las Vegas, Nevada. Though the city only gets 2.6 inches of rain a year, it’s become the silicon valley of water. Much of this is possible through the work of Patricia Mulroy, the controversial founder of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Her strength and leadership helped launch the search for new technologies and the revolution that reshaped the Colorado River’s politics, providing a possible path to safety in the face of intensifying water scarcity. Director: Diana Fuller

>> Pray Away

PRAY AWAY is a film that follows the former leaders of the “pray away the gay” movement while a survivor seeks healing and acceptance from more than a decade of trauma. Filmmakers: Kristine Stolakis/Jess Devaney/Anya Rousr

>> Radicals

RADICALS tells the harrowing story of mothers whose children have been transformed into radicalized “foreign fighters” by the lure of ISIS. The film follows these women as they grapple with the sudden and disruptive transformation of the world around them. While our attention is often directed toward the spectacle of radical youth and the threat they pose, this film takes you into the world of those they left behind. Together these women attempt to make sense of how a generation of youth is being seduced by radical violence from their own bedrooms. They’re joined by community allies and public figures to reframe public perception, as they challenge media narratives and help rewrite government policy. Director: Jehane Noujaim; Producers: Karim Amer, Mike Lerner

>> Recovery High

RECOVERY HIGH is a feature length documentary film chronicling a tumultuous year at Northshore Recovery High School, a ground-breaking public school in suburban Boston where teenagers study English, math, history, art, music and earn a diploma while working to recover from drug addictions.​. Director/Producer: Steve Liss

>> The Red Dresses

THE RED DRESSES is a film about indigenous women being killed and going missing at alarming rates without any action from local officials. Filmmakers: Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick

>> Rewind to Fast Forward

REWIND TO FAST-FORWARD chronicles the life and family of Sasha Joseph Neulinger, the film’s director and a survivor of childhood abuse. Between the ages of three and seven, Neulinger was sexually abused by two uncles and a male cousin. After he came forward, his father announced that his brothers had abused him as well. Constructed from interviews and 200 hours of footage documenting Neulinger’s youth, the autobiographical film gives intimate insight into one survivor’s healing process after multigenerational sexual abuse. Director: Sasha Joseph Neulinger

>> Rita Moreno

A film about the incredible life and career of Rita Moreno, one of only six actors who has ever been honored with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. Filmmakers: Norman Lear / Lin-Manuel Miranda

>> The Sacred Grey

A two-part film series, THE SACRED GREY, is an intimate lens into terrorism that reveals an invisible thread in a cycle of violence otherwise seen as disconnected: the Charlie Hebdo and the November 13th attacks. Four French- born Muslims, who all came from the same neighborhood, collide on the front lines: a gunman from the Charlie Hebdo attacks, a murdered Arab policeman, a would-be suicide bomber, and her surviving sister. Filmmakers: Dina Amer and Omar Mullick

>> Salt in my Soul

A film that searches for a cure for Superbugs via the lens of Mallory Smith, a young woman who died of Cystic Fibrosis while she searched for a cure. Filmmakers: Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick

>> Shooting the Mafia

When a Sicilian woman broke all the rules and pointed her camera at a brutally slain body, it was the beginning of her lifelong battle with the Mafia. Letizia Battaglia relentlessly pursued the mafia, and their barbaric rule, through her lens. SHOOTING THE MAFIA tells the story of how Letizia defiantly and unflinchingly documented the violence organized crime inflicted upon her community. The power of Letizia’s photographs — and the bravery and dedication of all those like her who refused to look away — helped to finally bring an end to the Costa Nostra’s reign of terror in Sicily. Director: Kim Longinotto

>> Surge

SURGE tells the story of this extraordinary time, when an unprecedented number of first-time female candidates ran, won, and upended conventional politics in 2018. Tired of being ignored, angered by government policies, and anxious about the future of America, thousands of women were inspired to run for office in what became a barrier-breaking, historic midterm election. The film follows three congressional candidates—Lauren Underwood, Jana Lynne Sanchez and Liz Watson—on their exhaustive and exhilarating journeys to Election Day. Diverse in age, ethnicity, and background, these women from Illinois, Texas, and Indiana faced uphill battles to flip their red districts blue. Director/Producer: Wendy Sachs

>> A Tale of Two Drugs

This documentary is the story of the pioneering researchers, doctors, and former addicts fighting for the ability to better understand ibogaine and bring its healing potential to the mainstream. Filmmaker: Lucy Walker

>> The Truffle Hunters

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS is an immersive, cinematic documentary that explores the mysterious and magical world of Italian truffle hunters. Following their search for the elusive white Alba truffles, the film captures their struggle to hold onto a centuries-old tradition in the face of globalization, climate change and their own mortality.Directors/Producers: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw

>> Unleashed Empowerment Videos

o support a new TV Series which profiles female change makers and entrepreneurs who are making a difference around the world. Director: Filmmaker: Kara Ross

>> Waterproof

Beaches and pools seem innocuous enough, but drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. WATERPROOF follows a Long Island community striving to “waterproof” their waters, creating safe swimming environments in East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk, New York. Director: Ross Kaufman; Producer: Andrew Rowe

>> Her Name

HER NAME is a 60-minute documentary about three women who run the longest ultramarathons, of 120 miles or more, in the highest mountain ranges and three female entrepreneurs who carve out a livelihood in those mountains. The women profiled in the film refuse to be defined by gender, culture, age or the parameters society sets for them: Aparna and Thenlis defy culturally-acceptable roles for women by traversing the Himalayas, a former Olympic cross-country skier fights against her age to compete in a 125-mile race, a mother of five children competes alongside the director in a 200-mile ultramarathon in California’s Sierra Nevada, and a local Native American strives to preserve her tribe’s ancient culture in the mountains they’ve called home for thousands of years. Director/Producer: Rebecca Byerly

>> Untitled Joan Little Project

UNTITLED JOAN LITTLE PROJECT looks at the ways women, especially women of color, are affected by sexual violence in the prison system. The film specifically examines the 1974 case of Joan Little, who used deadly force against a white prison guard to resist a sexual assault. She was charged with first degree murder — which at the time carried an automatic death sentence. Her case, and acquittal, was a catalyst in the battle over women’s bodies in and out of prison. Director: Nelson George; Producer: Jon Levin

>> Untitled Michael Brody, Jr. Documentary

UNTITLED MICHAEL BRODY JR DOCUMENTARY follows the life of Michael Brody, Jr. — heir to the Jelke oleomargarine fortune. He became a counterculture curiosity when he turned 21, and announced he would start giving away his fortune to anyone who needed it. He captured the attention of the media and inspired scores of people before he spiraled into personal tragedy. Director: Keith Maitland

>> Untitled Priests Documentary

In UNTITLED PRIESTS FILM documentary filmmaker Robert Greene the director of the acclaimed Bisbee ’17 follows male survivors of sexual assault who were abused by priests in Missouri’s Catholic churches. Working with therapists, the men engage in performance and drama therapy to work through their trauma. The film documents their scenes, revealing the power and systems of impunity in the church. Their productions are juxtaposed with their attorney, Rebecca Randles, as she fights to convene a grand jury and expose the abuses. Director: Robert Greene

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