HALF THE SKY MOVEMENTLAUNCHED BY THE 4 HR DOCUMENTARY SERIES VIEWED BY NEARLY SIX MILLION PEOPLE, THE HALF THE SKY MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO GROW VIA A COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN (WITH 2 BILLION MEDIA IMPRESSIONS IN THE WAKE OF THE PBS BROADCAST) OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, MOBILE GAMES RELEASED IN INDIA AND AFRICA, AND AN INNOVATIVE FACEBOOK GAME.
HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide
Broadcast Premiere on PBS
October 1 & 2, 2012
• WINNER – ACADEMY OF TELEVISION HONORS 2012 •
This award recognizes “television with a conscience”
television programming that inspires, informs, motivates and even has the power to change lives.
• Winner – 2013 Reelscreen Award of Excellence in Non-Fiction •
• Winner – 2013 Reelscreen Award •
Best Non-Fiction: Social/Current Affairs
• Winner – 2013 Reelscreen Award •
• Winner – 2013 Reelscreen Award - Best Music •
The New York Times
“Beautifully filmed, alternately heartbreaking and inspiring-“
“Half the Sky … is thoroughly edifying, handsomely produced and buoyed by brave, resilient people fighting for basic equality.”
The Washington Post
“a moving documentary series” that “provides unflinching accounts of the worldwide exploitation and abuse that can ensnare women as well as girls. But it doesn’t stop short of hopefulness”.
“Even with the celebrity component of their project, an area of which I was most skeptical, they kept the audience’s attention on the core issues facing women globally”.
“If I had to choose the most impressive aspect of the film, I would point to their approach to conveying the issues. Instead, each segment of the film begins with a brief explanation of the problem to give it some context. The rest you learn straight from the mouths of people directly affected by the issue.”
“Half the Sky” is not about flying in “superman-style” to save the suffering people of the world. It is about giving people the podium they deserve to get their stories out in a dignified manner. In an extremely effective display of “show not tell,”
MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT
World premiere- 2012 Sundance Film Festival
US Theatrical Release June 2012
Broadcast premiere on HBO July 2, 2012
• Winner – 2013 EMMY Award •
OUTSTANDING ARTS AND CULTURE PROGRAMMING
• WINNER – GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY AWARD 2012 •
• WINNER – PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD – BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2012 •
• WINNER – GRAND JURY PRIZE – SHEFFIELD DOCFEST 2012 •
• WINNER – CHAMPS ELYSEE FILM FESTIVAL 2012 •
• WINNER – SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL 2012 • Audience Award, Best Feature Film
• NOMINATED – GRAND JURY PRIZE – SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2012 •
• NOMINATED – INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD 2012 •
• NOMINATED – GOTHAM IFP AWARD 2012 •
• NOMINATED – BEST DOCUMENTARY – CINEMA EYE HONORS 2012 •
“Maybe the most perfect documentary ever made about an artist. Abramovic stares back at the public with a magic trick power that will get you high and make you cry.”
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
“Could be one of the best documentaries of an artist and art ever made.”
TIME OUT NEW YORK
“Breathtaking…Extraordinary. The movie’s power as a potent secondhand art high is damned near peerless.”
“Most deep-weep love moment of Sundance.”
“a moving and masterfully constructed exploration of what makes art — or anything else — worth doing in the first place.”
Andrew O’Hehir (US)
THE DAILY BEAST/NEWSWEEK
“One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.”
The New Yorker Magazine
“Sublime moments of emotional directness”
Broadcast premiere on PBS
November 3, 2010
New York Times
“Beautifully filmed … quietly addictive … and truly affecting.”
“Don’t think of it as spending six hours at the circus…think of it as investing six hours in an elegant, eavesdrop-on-our-family reality show that puts all the noisy, obnoxious examples of that genre to shame.”
“Running away and joining the circus has never seemed less glamorous—or more vividly thrilling and real. This behind-the-scenes docuseries set within the Big Apple Circus follows each facet of the big top with equal attention; from the roadie crew to the ninth-generation performers, everybody has a story. Sure, watching a trapeze act slowly take form is fun (really fun, actually), but what’s fascinating here is the deeply empathetic storytelling. It turns out what happens outside the ring is the most interesting part of “Circus.” A-
Broadcast premiere on PBS
April 30, 2008
• WINNER – OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY – EMMY AWARD 2007 •
Grade: A ”The makers of this five-night, 10-hour documentary have crafted an honest, engrossing account of life inside what one sailor describes as ‘a big-ass floating high school.’ … I call this series mandatory viewing for everyone who thinks their opinion about the U.S. military is set in stone. It’ll change.”
“All hands — and eyes — should be on deck for this enthralling 10-part look at life on the USS Nimitz during its recent stint in the Persian Gulf.”
“The 10 hours of PBS’ immersive miniseries ‘Carrier’ are frank and intimate, hard-hitting and heart-rending.”
TELEVISION • DOCUMENTARY • DIGITAL • SOCIAL
SHOW OF FORCE IS KNOWN FOR CREATING SOME OF THE LAST DECADE’S MOST AMBITIOUS AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS INCLUDING FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES, EVENT TELEVISION SERIES, AND GROUNDBREAKING TRANSMEDIA PROJECTS.
FOUNDED IN 2006 BY VETERAN TELEVISION PRODUCERS MARO CHERMAYEFF AND JEFF DUPRE, AND BASED IN NEW YORK CITY, SHOW OF FORCE OFFERS A DIVERSE AND HIGHLY FLEXIBLE TEAM CAPABLE OF DELIVERING POWERFUL CONTENT AND EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTION VALUES TO A WIDE ARRAY OF PROGRAMMING—FROM DOCUMENTARIES ON TOPICAL SUBJECTS, TO IMMERSION REALITY SERIES, TO INTEGRATED SOCIAL NETWORKING AND GAMES AND EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH CAMPAIGNS.
OUR AIM IS FRESH, POTENT STORYTELLING THAT REACHES BEYOND THE LIMITS OF CONVENTIONAL PRESENTATION AND DISTRIBUTION, CAPTURES NEW AUDIENCES, AND MAXIMIZES ENGAGEMENT ACROSS PLATFORMS. OUR UNIQUE COMBINATION OF PROVEN EXPERTISE AND NOVEL APPROACH SETS US APART—AND GUARANTEES THAT EVERY PRODUCTION IS A SHOW OF FORCE.
Maro Chermayeff’s numerous documentary films and television programs have toured the world in prestigious festivals, played theatrically, and been broadcast widely—on PBS, HBO, A&E, TLC, Bravo, Discovery, France 2 and Channel Four UK—garnering scores of honors and awards, as well as significant critical acclaim.
Most recently, Maro produced and directed the landmark four-hour documentary series HALF THE SKY TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE. The centerpiece of an expansive transmedia project—which Maro also oversaw—the series brought Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn together with a roster of A-list celebrity advocates and three separate camera crews for an epic production journey to ten countries around the world. Broadcast in October 2012, the series surpassed all expectations––both in terms of viewership and social media engagement. It was also hailed by critics as “thoroughly edifying and handsomely produced,” a “delicate mixture of hearbreak and inspiration [that] is sure to move those who watch.”
Maro was a producer of HBO’s recent award-winning feature documentary, MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT, as well as the producer and co-director of MANN V. FORD, broadcast on HBO in 2011.
With Jeff Dupre, Maro is also credited with creating, directing and executive producing the immensely popular PBS “immersion” series, CIRCUS.
As co-creator, executive producer and director of the ten-hour CARRIER, she led eighteen filmmakers on a sixth-month odyssey in the Persian Gulf. The result was called “enthralling” and “mandatory viewing” and earned the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography.
Prior to co-founding Show of Force, with Jeff, Maro served for two years (2002-2004) as programming executive and network consultant for A&E Television Network. She also the producer/director writer of the feature documentary special ROLE REVERSAL for A&E (2002).
Maro is perhaps best-known for directing and producing FRONTIER HOUSE, the six-part series which remains one of the highest-rated programs in the history of public television. She also directed and produced the two-hour feature documentary JUILLIARD that aired as part of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series AMERICAN MASTERS (2000). Maro co-authored the companion book, JUILLIARD, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Maro directed and produced the feature length documentary THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS, Produced in tandem with James Redford and Christine Le Goff, the film premiered at the 1998 Telluride Film Festival and aired on HBO in October 1999. She also produced and edited NASHVILLE: CROSSING THE LINE for the award-winning series TRAUMA: LIFE IN THE ER and served as a consultant and editor on more than fifteen one-hour CHARLIE ROSE specials.
Maro is Founder and Chairman of the MFA Program in Social Documentary at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is a former faculty member of New York University’s Graduate School of Film and Television where she taught for four years.
JEFF DUPRE’S WORK HAS BEEN RELEASED THEATRICALLY AND SCREENED AT FILM FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD—AS WELL AS AIRING ON PBS, HBO, THE BBC, NHK AND ARTE––AND HAS EARNED NUMEROUS ILLUSTRIOUS HONORS, ESTABLISHING HIM AS PRODUCER/DIRECTOR WITH A KNACK BOTH FOR MANAGING COMPLEX PRODUCTIONS AND FOR BRINGING HIS SUBJECTS TO LIFE.
JEFF CONCEIVED AND WAS THE PRODUCER AND CO-DIRECTOR OF MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ON THE LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE ARTIST THAT PREMIERED AT SUNDANCE IN 2012. THE FILM WON tHE GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY AWARD, THE PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARD AT THE 2012 BERLINALE AND THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE AT THE SHEFFIELD DOC FEST. IT WAS ALSO NOMINATED FOR AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD, A GOTHAM IFP AWARD AND THE CINEMA EYE HONORS.
HE WAS AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF HALF THE SKY, THE GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY SERIES AND TRANSMEDIA PROJECT BASED ON THE BESTSELLING BOOK BY PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALISTS NICHOLAS KRISTOF AND SHERYL WUDUNN.
TOGETHER WITH MARO, JEFF DIRECTED AND WAS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF CIRCUS, A 6-PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES THAT PREMIERED ON PBS IN NOVEMBER 2010. PRAISING CIRCUS AS “BEAUTIFULLY FILMED,” “TRULY AFFECTING,” AND “QUIETLY ADDICTIVE,” THE NEW YORK TIMES INVITED READERS TO “THINK OF IT AS INVESTING SIX HOURS IN AN ELEGANT EAVESDROP-ON-OUR-FAMILY REALITY SHOW THAT PUTS ALL THE NOISY, OBNOXIOUS EXAMPLES OF THAT GENRE TO SHAME.”
HE WAS ALSO A PRODUCER OF CARRIER, THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING TEN-PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES THAT PREMIERED ON PBS IN APRIL 2008 TO WIDESPREAD CRITICAL ACCLAIM. Entertainment Weekly called the series “honest and engrossing” and said it is “mandatory viewing.” Newsday described it as “frank and intimate, hard-hitting and heart-rending.”
PRIOR TO FOUNDING SHOW OF FORCE WITH MARO, JEFF WAS A PRODUCER OF MICHAEL KANTOR’S BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, A SIX-PART SERIES THAT PREMIERED ON PBS IN OCTOBER 2004. VARIETY CALLED IT “ENGROSSING” AND “ILLUMINATING,” and said “this lovingly crafted six-part series is in itself a milestone.” BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL WON THE 2005 EMMY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NON-FICTION SERIES.
JEFF WAS FIELD PRODUCER OF STEPHEN IVES’ LAS VEGAS: AN UNCONVENTIONAL HISTORY THAT AIRED ON THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING SERIES AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FOR WGBH/PBS IN 2005. HE ALSO DIRECTED, PRODUCED AND SHOT TWO EPISODES OF THE SERIES WOMEN DOCS FOR LIFETIME TELEVISION IN 2002.
JEFF’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, OUT OF THE PAST, WON THE AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY AT THE 1998 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. THE NEW YORK POST CALLED OUT OF THE PAST “EYE-OPENING AND MOVING,” AND THE NEW YORKER PRAISED IT AS “AN EMOTIONALLY TEXTURED TREATISE ON ALIENATION AND MARGINALIZATION WHICH IS INTELLIGENT AND ENTERTAINING.” THE FILM, WHICH WAS BROADCAST ON PBS IN OCTOBER, 1998, ALSO GARNERED THE AUDIENCE AWARD AT OUTFEST ’98 AND WON THE 1998 GLAAD MEDIA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY.
VP, Head of Production
With over 10 years experience producing film and television, Joshua Bennett has produced shoots in over 35 countries and on all seven continents. He has produced programming for PBS, HBO, MTV, Discovery, A&E and The Sundance Channel, as well as music videos, commercials, independent shorts, experimental works and corporate, new media and viral media campaigns. Joshua teaches documentary producing at New York City’s School of Visual Arts’ master’s program for social documentary film.
Joshua was the producer of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the ground-breaking documentary series inspired by Pulitzer-prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s bestselling book of the same name.
Director of Social Media
Liriel (@iDiplomacy) leads social media at Show of Force and Half the Sky Movement, inspired by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book. More than a broadcast, Half the Sky Movement is an ongoing transmedia project that has trended worldwide and domestically, and includes a Facebook game and campus and community outreach programs. She recently oversaw Show of Force’s social media engagement with Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative to end gun violence and the PBS show Constitution USA hosted by Peter Sagal. A Princeton University graduate, Higa began her career as a reporter at Congressional Quarterly.
Rachel was the co-producer of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and is currently working on the production of a follow up series slated to air on PBS in 2014. Prior to working for Show of Force, Rachel worked for David Grubin Productions on several projects including the Poetry Everywhere Series, the video installation for the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the PBS documentary The Buddha. She has an extensive background as a researcher and has worked on political and issue campaigns.
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