The Illusionists examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty and see themselves. Taking us from the halls of Harvard University to the galleries of the Louvre Museum, from a cosmetic surgeon’s office in Beirut to the heart of Tokyo’s Electric Town, the film explores how these industries saturate our lives with narrow, Westernized, consumer-driven images of beauty that show little to no respect for biological realities or cultural differences. The film features interviews with prominent sociologists, politicians, magazine editors, scientists and activists in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
A Seat at the Table: Six Girls Ask “What Does it Take to Become a Leader?” is a groundbreaking documentary that follows six Miss Hall’s School students as they interview accomplished women, seeking answers to questions about how best to realize their aspirations.The film was produced by members of PAaLS—the Personal Authority and Leadership Source—a girl-centered research initiative that has studied obstacles to girls’ and women’s leadership for nearly a decade. Working with PAaLS Research Director Elizabeth Debold, Ed.D., the group’s initiatives have included a nationwide survey on girls and leadership, on-campus workshops for students, and off-campus workshops for middle school students.PAaLS girls started working on A Seat at the Table in 2010, producing the 44-minute documentary with Dr. Debold and filmmaker Jackie Mow. The film was completed in 2012, thanks in part to funding from funding from Schoolhouse Kitchen and The Page & Otto Marx Foundation, Jr. Foundation.