After the Vote | a documentary film

The major political and social justice influencers and strategists of their time; the powerful women you didn’t know you needed to meet.

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Project Description

Greetings!

Thank you for visiting our campaign and for your interest in After the Vote.  Women's History Month is upon us and we are determined to push this film forward. iFundWomen is the ideal platform for our project, which is all about women seizing the moment, coming together to create opportunities for all, and creating lasting change in American society.

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 and that is our goal with the feature documentary, After the Vote.

After the Vote is a full length documentary about the impact women had on politics, after they won the right to vote.

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! This film needs to be released for the 2020 Suffrage Centennial, 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.   

Producing a historical documentary takes significant funds.

With $20,000, we can:

  • Pay our amazing and talented archivist for the hours of time and travel she has/will invest in researching After the Vote.
  • License archival materials
  • Shoot interviews with our team of historical and scholarly advisors, which includes paying our skeleton crew: Cinematographer and Sound person as well as offering honorariums to our advisors.
  • Rent fees for editing equipment and paying our Editor. Editing the hours of interviews and integrating the archival materials is a painstaking process for our Director.


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.  

The Team

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. 

Together we can help ensure that women today will learn that women's involvement in movements and politics is nothing new and is something that should never be overlooked or forgotten.

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The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will the production team spend $20,000 to make After the Vote happen?

 

  • While it seems everyone with an idea and a smartphone is making a film these days, the truth is, producing a historical documentary takes significant funds.

    With $20,000, we can:

  • Pay our amazing and talented archivist for the hours of time and travel she has/will invest in researching After the Vote.

  • License archival materials

  • Shoot interviews with our team of historical and scholarly advisors, which includes paying our skeleton crew: Cinematographer and Sound person as well as offering honorariums to our advisors.

  • Rent editing equipment and paying our Editor. Editing the hours of interviews and integrating the archival materials is a painstaking process for our Director.

  • And...  Creating a marketing campaign that includes a significant audience outreach campaign.

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, but were not properly acknowledged and celebrated as they should be.

With After the Vote the story of the impact these women had will finally be told.

This powerful network of women haven't been properly recognized for what they've accomplished: ending child labor; establishing a minimum wage; becoming the first woman elected to the NY City Council;  NYC; the first female black judge in the nation; first Alderwoman; first NY State Congresswoman; first female Assistant Secretary of Defense.

After the Vote will recognize these women and demonstrate how their successes paved the way for the Women’s Wave of 2018-2019.  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 starts with them. When women won the vote and began to use that power to create a lasting impact, everything changed.

As we approach the 2020 suffrage centennial, let’s finally recognize the women who guided us to the successes we’ve all achieved After the Vote.

 

Who is New York Women in Film & TV?

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers.

The preeminent professional association for women in the New York entertainment industry, NYWIFT brings together nearly 2,500 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 50 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 15,000 members. NYWIFT produces over 50 innovative programs and special events annually, including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women in front of and behind the camera, and Designing Women, which recognizes costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in the industry.

Governance

NYWIFT is a nonprofit, 501c3 public charity, and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. It is governed by an 18-member board of directors. The board is elected by the membership.

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