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Phoenix: The History of Women's Resistance in the Peace Movement will look at the incredible power of women’s protest and resistance through the years. Our subjects’ resistance takes many forms as they work toward a better future. The documentary will focus on the impact of women’s activism in organizations, grassroots efforts, and policy both in U.S. and internationally. Ultimately, Phoenix will compare these remarkable women’s dynamic struggles in the past with those of women today in order to draw inspiration as the fight for peace and justice continues across the globe.
Betsy Kalin is an award-winning producer/director/writer at Itchy Bee Productions and Bluewater Media. She is a featured speaker at conferences, universities, film festivals and community events. Her films have been honored with multiple awards at festivals around the world. Her first film, Roof, premiered at New York City’s MoMA for New Directors/New Films and is a part of the Short Shorts compilation. Her feature-length documentary, Hearts Cracked Open premiered to great acclaim at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and has won several awards. She produced and wrote the feature documentary Before Homosexuals with John Scagliotti, the Emmy award-winning executive producer of PBS’s In the Life. In 2010 she made Chained!, a short documentary that screened in festivals around the world, and in 2013 produced the award-winning narrative film Click. Her most recent documentary East LA Interchange was highlighted on NBC L.A. and has won ten jury and audience awards to date. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Los Angeles City Historical Society’s J. Thomas Owen Award for illuminating L.A. history. Ms. Kalin received a BA in Women’s Studies from Columbia College at Columbia University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Miami.