The Leeway Foundation, in collaboration with PIFVA (Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association), announces “Change in Motion” a screening of media artists who have been funded by both organizations including: Ann Tegnell (WOO ’04), Barbara Attie & Janet Goldwater (LTA ’11), Cindy Burstein (LTA ’10), Heidi Saman (LTA ’09), María Teresa Rodríguez (LTA ’07), and tiona.m. (LTA ’09, ACG ’07). The screening will feature short films and excerpts followed by a moderated discussion facilitated by Elisabeth Perez-Luna (WHYY) with the filmmakers exploring their artistic practice and how funding and technical assistance from both Leeway and PIFVA has had an impact on their work.
Change in Motion will take place on Thursday June 14 at 7:00pm at The Painted Bride Art Center (230 Vine Street) in Old City. Admission is free and open to the public.
Ann is an Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated producer, director and editor. She has always worked in both the commercial and independent world, one feeding the other. Her commercial work history includes years in broadcast television, with corporations, agencies and myriad post-houses. But it is independent doc and nonprofit work that suits Ann best. Current documentary collaborations include; the recently completed Niños de la Memoria/Children of Memory with Kathryn Pyle and María Teresa Rodríguez, The Barefoot Artist with Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub, Hollywood Beauty Salon also with Glenn Holsten, and STRATHMERE co-producing with Frances McElroy (LTA '10, WOO '98). Earlier credits include: Making Waves with Frances McElroy, Mirror Dance with Frances McElroy and María Teresa Rodríguez, Family Gathering co-produced with Lise Yasui, Ballycastle with Frances McElroy, and KNEE DEEP co-produced with Sharon Mullally. 'Spare' time finds her gardening, standing about in the woods and reading.
Janet and Barbara have been a creative team for over 20 years, making hard-hitting documentaries that advocate around important issues concerning women and girls. Together they have made six award-winning films for national and international broadcast, as well as a half dozen videos for educational and advocacy use. They are deeply committed to reaching the widest possible audience to create social change through the documentary medium. Their first film, Motherless: A Legacy of Loss from Illegal Abortion, highlighted the dangers of pre-Roe v. Wade abortions and has become a fixture of many law, medical and nursing schools curricula. In the past five years their work has focused on violence against women, resulting in a series of short documentaries, What Harm Is It To Be A Woman?, that explored the aspects of violence against women in Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. In 2011, Mrs. Goundo's Daughter, an hour-long documentary about the complex issues of female genital cutting/mutilation and political asylum, was broadcast nationally on PBS. Currently, Janet and Barbara are working on a documentary about the iconic African American poet and activist Sonia Sanchez (LTA ’05).
Cindy is an award-winning independent producer and media outreach coordinator. Following a career in community organizing, she received her MFA from Rutgers University to pursue the use of documentary film as a tool for social change, dialogue, and civic engagement. In addition to directing and producing films, she has worked with other independent filmmakers, film distribution companies, and media arts organizations to develop community engagement initiatives for theatrical releases, broadcast premieres, and educational distribution. She is a member of the New Day Films cooperative.
Born and raised in Anaheim, CA, Heidi is of Egyptian-Lebanese-Armenian descent. She attended UC San Diego where she studied World Literature and Gender Studies. After graduation, she was accepted to the Presidential Scholar Program at The American University in Cairo. There she worked in media relations as a writer, copy editor, and photographer. Additionally, she was a freelance journalist for The Cairo Times News Magazine, where her stories focused on gender-related issues in Egypt and the Middle East. In 2007, Heidi completed a master's degree in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. Her films include: Pears, Walkers/Drivers, and The Maid. She was an associate producer for the Emmy-winning series, On Canvas, a weekly arts and culture television show at WHYY and is currently an associate producer for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
María’s work often centers on untold stories of Latinos in the Americas whose experiences reflect a larger sociopolitical reality. Her most recent work Niños de la Memoria/Children of Memory, with producer Kathryn Pyle, tells the story of the search for children who disappeared during the Salvadoran civil war. Previous films include Mirror Dance (with Frances McElroy), the documentary “Becoming American” for the series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (PBS, 2008), and the experimental documentary From Here to There/ De Aquí a Allá Allá. She is a Sundance Documentary Fellow (2011 Edit and Story Lab), an Adjunct Associate Professor of Film/Video at the University of the Arts, and the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.
Tiona McClodden aka tiona.m. is a Black lesbian filmmaker/artist. Her last film, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, provides a platform for Black lesbians to speak for themselves and to confront the hyper-sexualized image of the Black lesbian. Tiona continues to develop and create films on progressive topics with the hope of directing a narrative feature-length project in the near future. She is currently in production with her next feature length documentary, The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project; a short narrative film, Bumming Cigarettes; and an experimental short series called Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, which is a magical realism-themed meditation on the Black American experience.
Journalist and producer Elisabeth Perez Luna was WHYY's News Director for six years. Since 2008, she has served as the Executive Producer of Audio Content, where she continues to produce and design national and local programs for WHYY-FM and WHYY.org. She is an award winning journalist and has produced and developed several independent and WHYY weekly radio news-magazines for the past 28 years or so. Elisabeth is a regular contributor to NPR's programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She's the executive producer of WHYY's A Chef Table, You Bet Your Garden, What Are We Thinking? WHYY's This I Believe, Impact of War, and other programs. Since 1999 she has been working at WHYY, the leading News and Information NPR station in the Delaware Valley. Elisabeth has a degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.