hard hatted woman goes to ifp film week 2016

What a thrill to be invited to participate in the Spotlight on Documentaries forum at IFP this year. After thirty-odd meetings in four crazy days, we got to talk about the film one-on-one with representatives from Sundance, HBO, POV, and a host of other amazing festivals, distributors, and funders. We were even more thrilled to see how Hard Hatted Woman was met with unanimous interest and enthusiasm. Original, provocative, relevant, and visually compelling were just some of the words used to describe it. Overall a red letter week. Thank you IFP!

Endings and beginnings

This October 2015--almost a year to the day after we concluded our Kickstarter to make it all possible--we completed filming on our final character. For all the best reasons, it was a trip we will never forget. Thank you Selena Bridges Cryer for gifting the film with your life and story, and for showing us the face of wisdom, strength, grace and grit.

It has been one incredible adventure. We are forever grateful to everyone who helped us come this far: to all those who shared themselves on camera, and to those behind the scenes--most of them project managers, foremen, etc.--who removed the red tape and opened the door for us to film on location. And now, we are putting away our hard hats and steel-toe boots and swapping them for ergonomic desk chairs, where we will be sitting for many many months to come--deep in the dark of the edit cave, bringing the story to life.

2015 Fork films grant recipient!

Hard Hatted Woman is among Fork Films' 2015 grant recipients! A lucky thirteen projects were chosen to receive funding, and we are unbelievably honored to be among them, and to find ourselves in the company of so many amazing projects. Check them out here. Immense thanks to Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker, two incredible filmmakers and wonderful human beings whom I am honored to call my executive producers, and special thanks to grant manager Kat Vecchio for her faithful support.

autumn eakin,cinematographer, joins the team

She runs, jumps, climbs, scrambles, ducks, dodges, and rolls. She does whatever it takes to get the shot. Hard Hatted Woman is no ordinary project: we're shooting in crazy conditions on construction sights and wearing hard hats to boot. So I could not be more thrilled to have the intrepid cinematographer Autumn Eakin by my side, whose fearlessness is matched only by the beauty of her artistic eye. She is the only woman I could ever imagine for the job.

Hard Hatted Woman on Huff Post Live

Our deepest thanks to Huffington Post writer Nathalie Vasallo and HuffPostLive producer Brooke Sopelsa for noticing and loving our Kickstarter project, and inviting us to HuffPost Live for a 30-minute interview segment to discuss the film and the issues it explores. Director Lorien Barlow was joined in the studio by Ambra Melendez, a NYC ironworker featured in the fim, and via webcam by carpenter Rudy Mulligan and long-time tradeswomen advocate Francoise Jacobsohn. Watch the full segment HERE!


Kickstarter: Successfully Funded!!


As of midnight last night, WE REACHED 100% OF OUR GOAL!!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

There really aren't words to describe the feeling. Launching a Kickstarter is so many things: stressful, exhilarating, lots of hard work, and A LOT of trepidation and hope.

Because it's not JUST about getting funded. It's also about sharing an idea, and discovering that people want to give it wings. It's about sharing the beginning of a story, and discovering that people want to hear more. This campaign is ending with a ring of affirmation. Just look at how many of us are standing behind this story.

Your support has not only granted us the funds to keep rolling, but also given us a huge burst of energy and inspiration--and we can't wait to move forward! We are doing a crazy joyful happy dance and thanking each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts.

This is what we're feeling inside: