After the Vote is a full length documentary about the impact women had on politics, after they won the right to vote.
From two-time Emmy Award nominee, Dawn Scibilia, After the Vote is a documentary film that is a call to action to write women into their rightful place in history, to include women into the historical narrative of our country as never before, and inspire women to become involved in politics today.
As more and more women are elected to public office in 2019, we are finally seeing ourselves and our interests represented in the House, Senate and in local governments throughout the country in significant numbers. We would be remiss if we didn’t put these exciting developments in a historical context.
After the Vote also reveals the prominent African American women in the post suffrage era, the integrated women's political clubs and the segregated women's political clubs, two Harlem women who ran for elective office in the 1920s, talented prosecutor Eunice Hunton Carter, Mary Mcleod Bethune, member of President Roosevelt's "Black Cabinet" and Jane Bolin the first female African American judge in the nation!
IMPACT CAMPAIGN GOALS:
Through screenings at universities, museums, events centered around the 2020 suffrage centennial and women's political organizations, the film will not only honor the women on whose shoulders we stand today but also inspire women to make an impact on equality and reform as these women did.
The film will connect with like-minded organizations who can use After the Vote as a catalyst and inspirational tool. Organizations that want to teach women how to run for office will want an inspirational and informative piece to galvanize their constituents, future members and the general public.
Reaching my goal of $20,000 will enable me to
Shoot 10 additional interviews
Hiring a DP and sound person with equipment, food and transportation for a total of 5 days of shooting
will cost $6000.
Hire an archivist to obtain archival material for a total of 10 days pay them their day rate plus
travel will cost $5000.
Pay the Historical consultants for their time to ensure historical accuracy and offer guidance.
will cost approximately $3000
$5000 will cover the cost of transcription services, basic editing and preliminary motion graphics to get the project to a rough assembly/rough cut stage to present to broadcasters and foundations to garner more support needed to complete the project.
The struggle for women to win the right to vote, and the feminist movement in the 1960s and '70s were documented. But no film has been made about the time in between.
What happened after women won the right to vote?
Telling that story changes our understanding of women’s political history in America. Of profound importance, it includes women in the historical narrative as never before.
After winning the vote, women emerged from their suffrage networks and wielded unprecedented levels of influence and power in New York City, and on state and federal levels. They brought about progressive social change, and blazed the path for the modern feminist movement.
Time is of the essence! The goal is to release the film in 2020, the 100th anniversary of women in America winning the right to vote!
In 2020 women will make history in more ways than one. The suffrage centennial will coincide with the presidential election at a time when women are running for office in record numbers.
As we move forward together, creating a more equitable society for women, children and men, it’s important to take a look back at these women and how they succeeded, because it all started with them. When women won the vote and began to use that power to create a lasting impact, everything changed.
After the Vote celebrates women’s current political accomplishments by honoring those women who came first.
Let’s face it…Most people are interested in the truly inspiring women who are at the forefront of American politics today, and they should be.
But a majority of the women, whose stories will be told in After the Vote, were the major influencers and strategists of their time. They need to be acknowledged, celebrated and given credit for what they accomplished;
- Ending child labor
- Establishing a minimum wage
- Repealing prohibition
- Winning the fight to allow women to serve on juries
- Criminal justice reform
- Health care for women and babies, to name a few.
With After the Vote, the story of the impact these women had will finally be told.
DAWN SCIBILIA: Producer/Writer/Director. Dawn Scibilia’s debut documentary, Home won best documentary at multiple film festivals and earned an Emmy Award for writing and two Emmy Award nominations for Best Documentary and Best Photography. Dawn co-produced, directed, photographed and edited the documentary featuring New York-based notables: Susan Sarandon, Liam Neeson, Rosie Perez, Elaine Kaufman, Pete Hamill, Frank and Malachy McCourt, Fran Lebowitz and Colin Quinn, as well as a host of immigrants and native New Yorkers. Dawn began her career in the industry as a Screenplay Analyst, Film Runner and Production Assistant, and has worked on several New York-based TV shows, music videos, and major studio motion pictures. She has written, directed, shot and edited short films and has directed off-off Broadway full length and one act plays with material ranging from Noel Coward to modern original comedy and period drama. Dawn is a native New Yorker and graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
BETH LAUREN: Co-Producer. Beth is a screenwriter, author and producer of film and theatre. She wrote and produced the feature film Fairytale of New York, which premiered at the New Filmmakers Series in NYC in 2000, and she makes her literary debut with her memoir, REELING: Misadventures in Moviemaking, Money and Love, which will be published in 2019 by Boulevard Books. Beth is currently adapting the memoir for episodic television. She is also working on a collection of short stories chronicling the year she lived in a conservative, economically-depressed town in New York State, which coincided with the 2016 presidential election.
TC RICE: Co-Producer. TC Rice has worked in virtually every capacity there is in the film industry. He is primarily known for his work in North America Theatrical Distribution of independent and foreign films such as Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant, Jean Luc Godard’s In Praise of Love, and Patrick Wang’s In the Family among many others. His production credits include Aro Korol’s Battle of Soho, Rosa von Paraunheim’s Neurosia: Fifty Years of Perversion and Claudia Buttenhoff Duffy’s documentary Komeda: A Soundtrack For Life (2010). Rice’s pamphlet OR: A FILM DISTRIBUTION PRIMER will be published in 2019.
JOHN KELTONIC: Music Composer. John Keltonic has been composing original music for television and film for over 20 years. Credits include NBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, BBC, Learning Channel, CNN and many others. John worked with or had works performed by the London Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony (commissioned work), Richmond Symphony (commissioned work), the Victoria Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Carmel Symphony, and many others. Commercial clients include NBC, Ken Burns (PBS), Emirates Airlines, Visa, Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, Mobil, Exxon, Sea World, Harvard University, A&W Root Beer, Pontiac, Kodak, NCAA, Canon, Media General, Alka-Seltzer, West Point, Barnum & Bailey Circus, Marriott, American Red Cross, NASA, Boston College, the Supreme Court, National Public Radio, Turner, PBS, and many many more.
ROSEMARY ROTONDI: Archival Research. Rosemary Rotondi is an archival film, photo, network news, headlines and articles researcher with 30+ years of experience. Rosemary works with local, nationwide and international archives. Her wide range of experience includes working as a researcher on such Academy Award winning documentaries as Citizen Four directed by Laura Poitras; and Inside Job, directed by Charles Ferguson.
Our team also includes our team of historical and scholarly advisors:
Elisabeth Israels Perry* Granddaughter of Belle Moskowitz. Professor Emeritus of History & Women’s & Gender Studies, Saint Louis University. The film is partially based on the historical research contained in her forthcoming book, After the Vote: Feminist Politics in La Guardia's New York.
Susan Goodier: Department of History, Women's and Gender Studies Affiliate Editor, New York History Journal Public Scholar, Humanities NY, SUNY Oneonta.
Susan Ware: Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; General Editor, American National Biography, Oxford University Press.
Blanche Wiesen Cook: Distinguished Professor of History and Women's Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Miriam Cohen: Evalyn Clark Professor of History at Vassar College. Author, Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Reform. Westview Press.
Barbara Winslow: Professor Emerita, Secondary Education Department, Social Studies Program, School of Education, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Brooklyn College of the City of New York; Founder and Director Emerita of the Shirley Chisholm Project.
*Ms. Perry passed away after a long illness on November 11, 2018. Elisabeth was the chief advisor on the project and was advising and collaborating with producer/director Dawn Scibilia on the film for four years. The film is dedicated to Elisabeth. Her contribution to After the Vote is invaluable. Her friendship, unforgettable.
FUNDING TO DATE
Grant Recipient, The Yip Harburg Foundation
This project is sponsored by New York Women in Film & TV, a nonprofit, 501c3 public charity. All donations are fully tax-deductible.
Thank your for your invaluable support.