Artist Development

Of Woman Born

Description

Emily Graham lives with her husband and three children in a five-bedroom fixer-upper. She is generous, loyal and self-styled in her mothering, and her work as a midwife.

True to her calling, Emily is about to give birth at home without medical intervention. She will surrender, with courage and selflessness, to waves of immeasurable, full-bodied pain, trekking from early contractions to baby's first feeding. Emily trusts herself and her body, and believes she possesses instinctual wisdom for labor.

It is often said: when a child is born, the mother is born too. Midwives in South America honor this transformation by saying dar a luz: give light.  And that is what Emily Graham will do.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Scott Kirshenbaum (director) is a documentary filmmaker. His first feature-length film, the Alzheimer's documentary You're Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don't, was a participating project in the San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse Residency, aired nationally on PBS' Emmy award-winning program Independent Lens, and is used as a teaching tool at universities and conferences around the world. His speaker series A Soapbox in Haiti was featured on ABC World News, and premiered on four Haitian television stations on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake. Additional art projects have been exhibited at the Freedom of Expression National Monument, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Terra Una Educational Centre, Open Society Foundation's FOKAL Cultural Center, Playworks' National PLAY ON Conference, and the Vilnius Yiddish Institute. He holds a B.A. from Yale.

Athena Kalkopoulou (producer) is a film producer and consultant with over fifteen years of experience in film production, publicity, and film festivals. Until very recently and for six years, she oversaw the San Francisco Film Society's fiscal sponsorship and documentary grants program, where she worked with hundreds of filmmakers nationwide, actively helping them fundraise, produce, and carry out outreach efforts for their projects. She has been a reviewer in all SF Film Society grant review panels (both documentary and narrative) and has participated in panels, pitching forums, juries and industry meetings in festivals such as SXSW, Sundance, Camden International Film Festival, and Ashland Film Festival. Prior to moving to the United States in 2007, she worked as a publicist for ODEON, one of the main film distribution companies in Southern Europe.

Gracey Nagle (producer) produced Scott Kirschenbaum's You're Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don't and A Soapbox in Haiti. In 2003, she co-founded an intentional community, where she currently lives with four families, including six children aged 2 to 17, that was recently featured in The Atlantic Monthly. In 2009, Gracey embarked on a months-long solo journey around the continental U.S. with her newborn daughter, exploring the issues that would ultimately lead to the documentary Of Woman Born. In addition to her work in film, she produces music in Portland's renowned indie scene. She holds a B.A. from Yale.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 72
  • Director(s): Scott Kirschenbaum
  • Producer(s): Athena Kalkopoulou, Gracey Nagle, Becky Boisvert, Lisa Jacobson, Kaitlin Solimine
  • Cinematographer(s): Jason Joseffer
  • Editor(s): Stuart Sloan
  • Website: www.ofwomanbornfilm.com

FSP 1517