The count-down for the Gutsy Gals Film Award in Great Barrington March 21-22 has begun! Over the next few weeks we'll highlight our winning filmmakers and their films.
Sarah Moshman's Film The Empowerment Project is the recipient of the Gutsy Gal Film Award in the Special Category of Women's Empowerment.
The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things is the incredible journey of 5 female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.
Writer and director Sarah Moshman is an Emmy® Award Winning documentary filmmaker and TV Producer, but most importantly she loves to empower women! Growing up in Chicago, Sarah found her passion for filmmaking at an early age once she found how the camera truly gave her a voice. She attended the University of Miami where she studied Video-Film and then moved out to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of working in TV & film. Sarah worked in reality television as a field producer for networks like ABC, NBC, MTV, Lifetime and the Food Network. Documentary filmmaking has always been her passion, and it was in 2012 when she came up with the idea to create "The Empowerment Project" as a way to change the way women are portrayed in the media. Sarah's career has taken an exciting turn as she and her producing partner Dana Michelle Cook now have the privilege of screening the film and speaking in schools across the country about following a dream and not being afraid to fail.
Filmmakers and TV producers Dana Michelle Cook and Sarah Moshman met in 2007 when working on a national teen filmmaking program that empowered youth by getting behind the camera. The two were kindred spirits and great friends from the start, and realized they had a similar passion for female empowerment. In 2010, they produced their first short documentary entitled Girls Rock! Chicago, showcasing a rock and roll camp for girls. Shortly after, in 2012, the two produced another short doc, Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run about the international running program Girls on the Run. Sarah and Dana won an Emmy Award for that project in 2013! The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things is their first feature-length documentary, which chronicles the journey of 5 female filmmakers as they drive across America to interview inspirational women from all walks of life. Upon completing the film in May of 2014, they have had the privilege of touring the US and screening in schools, groups and organizations to inspire audiences firsthand. Their goal? To help change the way women are portrayed in the media, and to start a national conversation around empowerment in many forms. Sarah and Dana want to change the world by empowering people through storytelling and they plan to do that for years to come.
To learn more about The Empowerment Project and to bring it your community go to: empowermentproject.com.