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Lorien Barlow, Director - Producer

Barlow began developing Hard Hatted Woman in 2013 and has since then interviewed dozens of tradeswomen from all over the country and ventured onto construction sites from coast to coast to film them working. Production has brought her to tradeswomen communities in Chicago, Sacramento, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Boston, Portland, Pittsburgh, Beaumont, and New York City. She has traveled to national conferences to met industry leaders, labor activists, and advocates from tradeswomen organizations, while building strategic impact partnerships for Hard Hatted Woman. She is a regularly sought-out speaker on tradeswomen’s issues before industry audiences. She is a regular guest at the Women Build Nations conference and has delivered keynotes at ENR's 2016 Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference and the Autodesk University Summit in 2018, in addition to numerous other panels and presentations. She has also appeared on HuffPost Live and ConTechCrew podcast, and been interviewed in the Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, and various trade journals. Hard Hatted Woman is her first feature film.

 

Autumn Eakin, Cinematographer

Autumn Eakin turned her years of working under Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler, Velvet Goldmine, Creed) and Vanja Cernjul (30 Rock, Orange Is The New Black) into an artful resourcefulness she uses in her narrative and documentary filmmaking. She shot for the HBO series LENNY and the documentary feature RGB, both premiering at Sundance 2018. Her documentary credits include two Peabody Award winning films, No Le Digas A Nadie  (2015) and Mavis! (2017). The narrative feature The Light of the Moon with Jessica Thompson had its World Premiere in Narrative Competition at SXSW 2017 and won the Audience Award. She has shot for acclaimed directors Liz Garbus, Jessica Edwards, Elizabeth Chai, Amy Berg, and Alex Gibney. She has also shot projects for The History Channel, NBC, Hulu, Northface, Ogilvy & Mather, FX and many more over her 10 years as an IATSE Local 600 member.

 

AMANDA LAWS, EDITOR

Amanda Laws is an independent filmmaker working in both documentary and narrative. She co-edited the highly acclaimed Cameraperson, directed by Kirsten Johnson, which premiered at Sundance in 2016 and was shortlisted for an Oscar. Her most recent work includes The Hanging, directed by Geoff Feinberg, which premiered at HotDocs and IDFA in 2016. Laws attended the Graduate Film Program at NYU, where she studied under Spike Lee and Mary Harron, and was an editing fellowship recipient. She was also a finalist for the Karen Schmeer Editing Fellowship in 2011. Her documentary credits include The Imposter: How to Write a Banjo Concerto directed by Bela Fleck and Sarah Paladino, Shooting Script by Frank Hall- Green, and It Was Rape by Jennifer Baumgardner. In 2011 she served as a mentor the documentary fellows at the DoxBox Film Festival in Damascus, Syria. She was two-time participant at the Sundance Doc Edit Lab, which she attended in 2013 with Camperaperson, then titled A Blind Eye. She also co-directed and edited the soon-to-be- released Amanda Palmer feature, Bridespotting.

 

JENNY GOLDEN, CONSULTING EDITOR

Jenny Golden is an award-winning editor of documentary films. Her most recent work includes Hondros, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca 2017, and Watchers of the Sky, which premiered at Sundance in 2014 and earned her the Sundance Editing Award. Her earlier films include Manda Bala: Send A Bullet (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Award and recipient of the Cinema Eye Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing), Rafea: Solar Mama (Toronto 2012), Sons of Perdition (Tribeca 2010) and Give Up Tomorrow, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca 2011. Her other credits include Lee Hirsh’s Bully, Gini Reticker’s The Trials of Spring, and Todd Selby’s series The Selby Is In Your Place, as well as 21 Below, Gogol Bordello Non-Stop, Yoko Ono: Live Peace in Brooklyn 2010 directed by Sean Lennon, and short films for MOMA directed by Yoko Ono.

 

Abigail Disney, Executive producer

Abigail E. Disney is an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist and the CEO and president of Fork Films. Disney's 20+ films and series focus on social issues, sharing a quality of spotlighting extraordinary people who speak truth to power. Her first film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, and screened in 60 countries around the world on all seven continents. Pray the Devil Back to Hell is broadly credited with highlighting the bravery and sacrifice of its lead figure, Leymah Gbowee, who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Disney was a creator of the five-part special PBS series Women, War and Peace, winner of the Overseas Press Club's Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, and a Television Academy Honor. Disney has also executive produced films on a wide array of social issues, including the Academy Award nominated The Invisible War (Best Documentary Feature), Return and Sun Come Up (Best Documentary Short). Disney's other producing credits include: Cameraperson, The Mask You Live In, Hot Girls Wanted, She's Beautiful When She's Angry, 1971, Vessel, Citizen Koch, Alias Ruby Blade, The Iran Job, Sexy Baby, This is How I Roll, Mothers of Bedford, and Playground.

Gini Reticker, Exectuive Producer

Gini Reticker, Chief Creative Officer at Fork Films, is an Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning director and producer with a distinguished career that spans more than 20 years. Her directorial debut, The Heart of the Matter, received a Sundance Freedom of Expression Award. She recently directed The Trials of Spring, which has played at Human Rights festivals around the world and was accompanied by six shorts that launched on The New York Times. Reticker previously won the Tribeca Best Documentary Award for Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and received an Academy Award nomination for the short film, Asylum. That same year she was nominated for an Emmy for producing A Decade Under the Influence. Reticker was one of the creators of the award-winning series Women, War and Peace for PBS and other producing credits include In The Company of Women (IFC), New School Order (PBS) and the Wide Angle series Ladies First. She co-produced The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)­, nominated for both an Academy Award (Best Documentary Feature) and an Independent Spirit Award. She has served as executive producer on The Armor of Light, 1971, Live Nude Girls Unite, Cameraperson, Alias Ruby Blade, Citizen Koch, Hot Girls Wanted and She's Beautiful When She's Angry.

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Emily Wells, Composer

Emily Wells is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer whose genres encompass alternative, electronic, folk, experimental, and classical. A classically trained violinist, she plays diverse instruments including cellos, guitars, bass, drums and synthesizers. She is known for her transfixing live solo performances where she uses a series of live loops, sample pads and acoustic drums to make rich and atmospheric compositions with layers of strings and vocal harmonies. Wells has produced ten solo albums, in addition to collaborations with other artists, including film composer Clint Mansell, Questlove of The Rooots, and filmmaker Park Chan-Wook on the soundtrack for Stoker, which premiered at Sundance. Praised in The New Yorker for her “moving voice and boundless imagination” and in The New York Times for her “gothic and meticulous” creations, Wells has appeared multiple times on NPR and All Songs Considered, has given live broadcast performances on WNYC and KCRW, and has written articles for such publications as American Songwriter, Impose Magazine, and The Huffington Post.