Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sarah Moshman is a true force of nature. I had the pleasure of meeting her years ago through fellow Ms. In The Biz contributor Leah Cevoli and I was incredibly impressed by her. We are also all a part of a female filmmaking group in Los Angeles centered around supporting one another and helping each other thrive, which is truly at the heart of the messaging behind Sarah’s films.
Sarah’s second movie Losing Site of Shore (available on Netflix) is an incredibly powerful documentary about four women who set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from America to Australia. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they must overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history. This movie blew my mind. I have been in awe of her for years and am very excited for her latest project “Nevertheless.”
From the press release:
Taking a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Times Up, NEVERTHELESS follows the intimate stories of 7 individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or school context. From a writer’s assistant on a top TV show to a Tech CEO and 911 dispatcher, the film shines a light on the ways in which we can shift our culture and rebuild.
Nevertheless we persist.
Sarah Moshman (The Empowerment Project, Losing Sight of Shore) has been working on this film for the past 2 years (she started when she was 7 months pregnant), and began filming the day before the Weinstein story made news around the world in 2017 and the avalanche of #MeToo was right behind it.
The themes in the film include: sexual harassment, gender discrimination, sexual assault, privilege, intersectionality, toxic masculinity, the transgender experience, our legal system, and the way we socialize our children. The film aims to take a wider look at our society and how in some ways we are all complicit to this behavior, and how we can all come together to create safer spaces for everyone to thrive in.
Experts featured include Actor and Activist Matt McGorry (How to Get Away with Murder, Orange is the New Black), Author and Professor Caroline Heldman, Educator and Author Jackson Katz, Schools Over Violence Program Manager Rashad Beal, and many more.
The film will be complete in October 2019 and available for film festival screenings as well as screening programs in workplaces, organizations, conferences and schools worldwide through their distributor Indieflix led by CEO Scilla Andreen. A comprehensive discussion guide will accompany the film with useful tools for anyone hosting a screening.
Moshman feels strongly about releasing the film this way to start: “I want to continue the dialogue that #MeToo has sparked by bringing NEVERTHELESS right to the audiences that can benefit from hearing these stories the most. I know documentaries have the power to change the world, and I believe this film can help do that. We need action items in our workplaces and schools beyond the naming and shaming. It’s time for real, lasting change.”
For more information and to host a screening: http://neverthelessfilm.com