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The EMMY® nominated filmmakers Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater have collaborated on award-winning documentaries for national and international broadcast, as well as wide-spread educational and advocacy use, since 1990. Attie and Goldwater’s collaborative work has been recognized with a prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a Leeway Transformation Award, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Media.
Attie and Goldwater’s previous documentaries on reproductive rights include Rosita (HBO Latin America, 2006) the story of a 9-year-old Nicaraguan girl whose rape and pregnancy resulted in a political and religious uproar that resonated across Latin America; Legal But Out of Reach (2000), about women whose personal struggles lead them to choose abortion, only to find that the lack of public funding made that choice inaccessible; and Motherless: A Legacy of Loss from Illegal Abortion (1992) about children orphaned when their mothers died after back-alley abortions before Roe v. Wade.
Additional independent documentaries produced and directed by Attie and Goldwater for national public television broadcast are the following: BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez (2015), a biography of the renowned African American poet and activist; Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter (2009), an ITVS co-production also supported by Sundance, about a Malian woman seeking asylum in the US to protect her daughter from female genital cutting; Maggie Growls (2003, ITVS co-production) a whimsical biography of Gray Panther founder Maggie Kuhn; Landowska: Uncommon Visionary (1997), a biography of the celebrated harpsichordist Wanda Landowska.
Barbara Attie received an M.F.A. from Temple University, where she has been named to the School of Communications and Theater Hall of Fame. Her documentary about teenage girls who joined the resistance movement during the Holocaust, Daring to Resist (with Martha Lubell), was broadcast nationally on PBS and named “one of the 10 best documentaries of 2000” by The Boston Globe. Attie is former board chair of the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women and served on the Board of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, where she was the recipient of the Freedom Keeper Award.
Janet Goldwater earned an M.F.A. from Boston University. She has taught at Sweet Briar College, Rowan University, Temple University and the Art Institute of Boston. Goldwater served on the boards of the Women’s Medical Fund, the Philadelphia chapter of the ACLU-PA, and NARAL-PA. She is currently a patient escort at the Philadelphia Women’s Center and a founding member of the Philadelphia Support Network (for abortion clinics).
Mike Attie is a Philadelphia-based filmmaker and educator. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of the Arts and director of the film major program. Mike was a 2014 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow and was named one of The Independent's “10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014.” His feature documentary, In Country, was supported by the Sundance Documentary Film Program, IFP and the Points North Institute, and has received extensive press including a NYTimes Op-Doc and articles in Salon and the Atlantic. His 2019 short, Moment to Moment (2019) premiered at Full Frame and won jury awards at IFFBoston and the San Francisco DocFest. Mike holds an M.F.A. in documentary film from Stanford University. He was a cameraperson on Attie & Goldwater’s previous documentary BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez.
Sharon Mullally is an Emmy Award-winning producer, director and editor. Mullally directed three films on Pope Francis's 2015 visit to Philadelphia. She has worked with Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater on Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter (2009), Rosita (2005), and I Witness: Shot Down in Pensacola (1998). Her other work includes Because of the War (2017); Voices Across the Divide (2013); and Reunion: A Decade of Solas, a concert DVD (2010). Her films have appeared on public television and festivals including SILVERDOCS and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Valerie Keller, Editor, is an award-winning and twice-Emmy-nominated film & video editor with a love of story-telling that has driven her career. From the Emmy-nominated dance film Fever to the festival audience favorite Brincando el Charco, her editing work has helped documentaries win awards and screen in festivals around the world. She has also co-produced videos for Mural Arts Philadelphia, Fairmount Park Conservancy and SLAW.me on topics like addiction recovery, environmental stewardship and living a sustainable lifestyle. Her original, experimental short videos have been shown at the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Philadelphia Art Museum.
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