A historical film about a woman for whom only one photograph survives? A woman director with only documentary experience trying to direct battle scenes and period dramatic scenes for an ambitious documentary? Seriously? YES!
It took 12 years for Carter to get her award-winning film funded and shot - in the meantime she produced and directed 10 other commissioned films for PBS and cable to pay the bills, while raising the funding herself, grant by grant and donation by donation. The result is REBEL, the incredible true story of Loreta Velazquez, a Civil War soldier and spy.
REBEL is the winner of the Eric Barnouw Honorable Mention Prize as Best Historical Film in America (won in the past by Ken Burns) and is the winner of the Gutsy Gal Film Award for best feature length film for a Documentary of the Americas.