The Hunting
Ground

1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, according to the Campus Sexual Assault Study of the National Institute of Justice. We intend to change that.

Which is why we are pleased to announce that our Founder Ruth Ann Harnisch is one of the Executive Producers for the film The Hunting Ground.

From Oscar-nominated Producer/Director team Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick (The Invisible War), comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.

As a result of The Invisible War (and the incredible network of concerned individuals Amy and Kirby built around it), the problem of sexual assault in the military was made public and Congress took action. We believe that with this film, we can shine a light on similar issues unfolding on college campuses across the country and again move people to act. We want to challenge — and change — the current culture of consent, which all too often allows sexual violence to thrive. 

Join us. Find a screening of The Hunting Ground near you, and learn how you can take a stand today.

The Hunting Ground is just one example of how we invest in storytelling as a way to make the world a fairer place. Typically, we provide support in one of the following ways: 

Partnerships

We partner with organizations that share our vision for systemic change, then chart bold new ways to collaborate. The new Film Circle we co-chair within Women Moving Millions and our Coaching Initiative with the Sundance’s Women Filmmakers Initiative are two examples of how we’ve done that.  

Investments

We invest in the organizations, individuals and content challenging the way gender and race are portrayed in media. The films below and partnerships outlined give insight into our approach. As our friends at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media say, “If you can’t be it, you can’t see it.”

Production

Microgrants allow us to support smaller works while larger investments provide us the opportunity to go deeper into the process, campaign and/or lifespan of media. Acting as a “creative producer” — a term we borrowed from our friends at Sundance — is the chance to put our money where our values are.

Films We’ve Invested In:

Audrie & Daisy

Two teenage girls are sexually assaulted while unconscious by boys who they thought were their friends.  Each girl is harassed relentlessly online, both attempt suicide, and tragically, one girl dies. High school assault in the age of social media is explored from the perspective of the girls –and the boys –involved in the assaults.

Whose Streets

The Activists and Leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you whose streets? – a documentary about the ferguson uprising. For this generation, the battle is not for civil rights, but for the right to live.

Roll Red Roll

A whistle-blowing blogger uncovers disturbing social media evidence documenting the gang rape of a teenage girl. The story of a football town divided, Roll Red Roll is a true crime thriller examining sexual assault in small town America.

College Behind Bars

College Behind Bars: The Bard Prison Initiative tells the untold story of incarcerated men and women in New York State struggling to turn their lives around in a rigorous college degree program. The film shines a light on the fundamental relationship between incarceration and education.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   She’s Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).  Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

 

Trapped

At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by the age of 45. 4 in 10 unwanted pregnancies are terminated by abortion. What would happen if access to care for these cases completely disappeared? Trapped is a new film from Dawn Porter, whose documentary Gideon’s Army premiered on HBO in July 2013 and won the U.S. Documentary Best Editing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.Following the progress of two Southern reproductive health clinics, Trapped captures their struggle as they continue to provide care in the face of an increasingly hostile legal and political climate.

Hot Girls Wanted

Directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, known for their documentary Sexy Baby, release this shocking exposé of the professional “amateur” porn world and the professionals who exploit the steady stream of 18-to-19-year old girls entering into it. Hot Girls Wanted had its world-premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as part of the US Documentary Competition slate, and was acquired by Netflix for distribution. Watch the full film here.

Be Natural

The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché, who at 23 was the first female director in the motion picture industry, because a powerful figure in film, then vanished. We met filmmaker Pamela Green through her Kickstarter campaign and after our donation, we learned that many of our colleagues in film funding networks have invested in this production. The film will be released in 2015.

Visit the film’s website here.

Canary in a Coal Mine

Another TED Fellow, another Kickstarter campaign. Jen Brea’s life was disrupted by a diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. She started this film to record her personal struggle; thousands of donors later, she’s supported by the Sundance Institute, the Paley Center for Media and Chicken and Egg Pictures.

Visit the film’s website here.

Vessel

Reproductive rights activist Dr. Rebecca Gomperts uses an offshore vessel as a clinic to serve women where laws restrict their choices. Filmmaker Diana Whitten followed the doctor’s bumpy crusade, supported by many of our friends and colleagues.

Visit the film’s website here.

Courting Justice

Filmmaker Ruth Cowan’s documentary follows seven female judges working to transform South Africa from apartheid to a constitutional democracy that recognizes human rights.

Visit the film’s website here.

Moving Windmills

Tom Rielly, who created the TED Fellows program, began documenting the story of William Kamkwamba, who gained fame as the author of the best-selling book “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.” The film won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize, released as “William and the Windmill.”

Visit the film’s website here.

Budrus

This inspiring documentary by director Julia Bacha and a female-led American/Israeli/Palestinian filmmaking team was strongly supported by members of the Women Donors Network. The story of a Palestinian man rallying to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier played at international festivals and won more than a dozen awards.

Visit the film’s website here.

Traces of the Trade

Led by Producer-Writer-Director Katrina Browne, a largely female filmmaking team spent almost a decade documenting the history of the filmmaker’s own family’s fortune with roots in the slave trade. We supported a series of screenings with discussion, maximizing the film’s impact as people confronted the pain of slavery’s effects on all races today.

Visit the film’s website here.

Tribal Justice

Did you know that tribal courts can keep people out of state courts? Ruth Cowan’s film spotlights two female tribal judges in California: Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan in the southern Mojave, and Yurok Judge Abby Abinanti. Is justice better served by their methods?

Visit the film’s website here.

No Bigger Than A Minute

A member of the Women Donors Network told us about this documentary exploration of what it is to be treated differently by society. Self-described “first dwarf filmmaker” Steven Delano confronts the possibility that his genetic mutation may one day be bred out of the human race.

For more on the film, click here.

Playing House

Jane Gray was a young first-time filmmaker when she asked her friends and colleagues to kick in (long before there was Kickstarter).  Her emotionally-charged portrait of five students on the cusp of adolescence at an all-girls boarding school  was honored at the Northampton Independent Film Festival.

For more on the film, click here.

Seven Women Seven Sins

We contributed to the campaign of The Women’s Film Preservation Fund to restore this 1986 film in which seven female directors interpret the seven deadly sins. Saving female cinematic history is important as we go about creating it.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   She’s Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).  Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

 

Trapped

At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by the age of 45. 4 in 10 unwanted pregnancies are terminated by abortion. What would happen if access to care for these cases completely disappeared? Trapped is a new film from Dawn Porter, whose documentary Gideon’s Army premiered on HBO in July 2013 and won the U.S. Documentary Best Editing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.Following the progress of two Southern reproductive health clinics, Trapped captures their struggle as they continue to provide care in the face of an increasingly hostile legal and political climate.

Audrie & Daisy

Two teenage girls are sexually assaulted while unconscious by boys who they thought were their friends.  Each girl is harassed relentlessly online, both attempt suicide, and tragically, one girl dies. High school assault in the age of social media is explored from the perspective of the girls –and the boys –involved in the assaults.

Whose Streets

The Activists and Leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you whose streets? – a documentary about the ferguson uprising. For this generation, the battle is not for civil rights, but for the right to live.

Roll Red Roll

A whistle-blowing blogger uncovers disturbing social media evidence documenting the gang rape of a teenage girl. The story of a football town divided, Roll Red Roll is a true crime thriller examining sexual assault in small town America.

College Behind Bars

College Behind Bars: The Bard Prison Initiative tells the untold story of incarcerated men and women in New York State struggling to turn their lives around in a rigorous college degree program. The film shines a light on the fundamental relationship between incarceration and education.

Canary in a Coal Mine

Another TED Fellow, another Kickstarter campaign. Jen Brea’s life was disrupted by a diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. She started this film to record her personal struggle; thousands of donors later, she’s supported by the Sundance Institute, the Paley Center for Media and Chicken and Egg Pictures.

Visit the film’s website here.

Vessel

Reproductive rights activist Dr. Rebecca Gomperts uses an offshore vessel as a clinic to serve women where laws restrict their choices. Filmmaker Diana Whitten followed the doctor’s bumpy crusade, supported by many of our friends and colleagues.

Visit the film’s website here.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   She’s Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).  Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

 

Trapped

At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by the age of 45. 4 in 10 unwanted pregnancies are terminated by abortion. What would happen if access to care for these cases completely disappeared? Trapped is a new film from Dawn Porter, whose documentary Gideon’s Army premiered on HBO in July 2013 and won the U.S. Documentary Best Editing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.Following the progress of two Southern reproductive health clinics, Trapped captures their struggle as they continue to provide care in the face of an increasingly hostile legal and political climate.

Hot Girls Wanted

Directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, known for their documentary Sexy Baby, release this shocking exposé of the professional “amateur” porn world and the professionals who exploit the steady stream of 18-to-19-year old girls entering into it. Hot Girls Wanted had its world-premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival as part of the US Documentary Competition slate, and was acquired by Netflix for distribution. Watch the full film here.

Be Natural

The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché, who at 23 was the first female director in the motion picture industry, because a powerful figure in film, then vanished. We met filmmaker Pamela Green through her Kickstarter campaign and after our donation, we learned that many of our colleagues in film funding networks have invested in this production. The film will be released in 2015.

Visit the film’s website here.

Budrus

This inspiring documentary by director Julia Bacha and a female-led American/Israeli/Palestinian filmmaking team was strongly supported by members of the Women Donors Network. The story of a Palestinian man rallying to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier played at international festivals and won more than a dozen awards.

Visit the film’s website here.

Traces of the Trade

Led by Producer-Writer-Director Katrina Browne, a largely female filmmaking team spent almost a decade documenting the history of the filmmaker’s own family’s fortune with roots in the slave trade. We supported a series of screenings with discussion, maximizing the film’s impact as people confronted the pain of slavery’s effects on all races today.

Visit the film’s website here.

Canary in a Coal Mine

Another TED Fellow, another Kickstarter campaign. Jen Brea’s life was disrupted by a diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. She started this film to record her personal struggle; thousands of donors later, she’s supported by the Sundance Institute, the Paley Center for Media and Chicken and Egg Pictures.

Visit the film’s website here.

Vessel

Reproductive rights activist Dr. Rebecca Gomperts uses an offshore vessel as a clinic to serve women where laws restrict their choices. Filmmaker Diana Whitten followed the doctor’s bumpy crusade, supported by many of our friends and colleagues.

Visit the film’s website here.

Courting Justice

Filmmaker Ruth Cowan’s documentary follows seven female judges working to transform South Africa from apartheid to a constitutional democracy that recognizes human rights.

Visit the film’s website here.

Moving Windmills

Tom Rielly, who created the TED Fellows program, began documenting the story of William Kamkwamba, who gained fame as the author of the best-selling book “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.” The film won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize, released as “William and the Windmill.”

Visit the film’s website here.

Playing House

Jane Gray was a young first-time filmmaker when she asked her friends and colleagues to kick in (long before there was Kickstarter).  Her emotionally-charged portrait of five students on the cusp of adolescence at an all-girls boarding school  was honored at the Northampton Independent Film Festival.

For more on the film, click here.

Seven Women Seven Sins

We contributed to the campaign of The Women’s Film Preservation Fund to restore this 1986 film in which seven female directors interpret the seven deadly sins. Saving female cinematic history is important as we go about creating it.

Budrus

This inspiring documentary by director Julia Bacha and a female-led American/Israeli/Palestinian filmmaking team was strongly supported by members of the Women Donors Network. The story of a Palestinian man rallying to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier played at international festivals and won more than a dozen awards.

Visit the film’s website here.

Traces of the Trade

Led by Producer-Writer-Director Katrina Browne, a largely female filmmaking team spent almost a decade documenting the history of the filmmaker’s own family’s fortune with roots in the slave trade. We supported a series of screenings with discussion, maximizing the film’s impact as people confronted the pain of slavery’s effects on all races today.

Visit the film’s website here.

Tribal Justice

Did you know that tribal courts can keep people out of state courts? Ruth Cowan’s film spotlights two female tribal judges in California: Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan in the southern Mojave, and Yurok Judge Abby Abinanti. Is justice better served by their methods?

Visit the film’s website here.

No Bigger Than A Minute

A member of the Women Donors Network told us about this documentary exploration of what it is to be treated differently by society. Self-described “first dwarf filmmaker” Steven Delano confronts the possibility that his genetic mutation may one day be bred out of the human race.

For more on the film, click here.

College Behind Bars

College Behind Bars: The Bard Prison Initiative tells the untold story of incarcerated men and women in New York State struggling to turn their lives around in a rigorous college degree program. The film shines a light on the fundamental relationship between incarceration and education.

Audrie & Daisy

Two teenage girls are sexually assaulted while unconscious by boys who they thought were their friends.  Each girl is harassed relentlessly online, both attempt suicide, and tragically, one girl dies. High school assault in the age of social media is explored from the perspective of the girls –and the boys –involved in the assaults.

Playing House

Jane Gray was a young first-time filmmaker when she asked her friends and colleagues to kick in (long before there was Kickstarter).  Her emotionally-charged portrait of five students on the cusp of adolescence at an all-girls boarding school  was honored at the Northampton Independent Film Festival.

For more on the film, click here.

Seven Women Seven Sins

We contributed to the campaign of The Women’s Film Preservation Fund to restore this 1986 film in which seven female directors interpret the seven deadly sins. Saving female cinematic history is important as we go about creating it.