Lorien Barlow, Director - Producer
Lorien Barlow began developing the project in the fall of 2013 and has since then interviewed tradeswomen from all over the country and ventured onto construction sites from the East to West Coast to film them working. Production has brought her to tradeswomen communities in Chicago, St. Louis, Sacramento, San Francisco, Boston, Portland, Beaumont TX, and all around her home-turf in NYC. She has traveled to national conferences and met industry and union leaders, labor activists, and the leaders of tradeswomen organizations. She has regularly attended the Women Build Nations annual summit and was a keynote speaker at ENR's 2016 Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference. Hard Hatted Woman is her first feature documentary 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 a Brooklyn-based independent filmmaker, working both in documentary and narrative. Her most recent editing work includes The Hanging, which premiered at HotDocs and IDFA in 2016, and the highly acclaimed Cameraperson, directed by Kirsten Johnson, which premiered at Sundance in 2016 and was shortlisted for an Oscar. Additional documentary credits include Bela Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto, Shooting Script, and It Was Rape, directed by Jennifer Baumgardner. In 2011 she served as a mentor to the documentary fellows at the DoxBox film festival in Damascus, Syria, and in 2013 she attended the Sundance Doc Edit Lab with the film Camperaperson, then titled A Blind Eye.
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.