PBS TO AIR FILM ON MODERN AMERICAN WOMEN’S MOVEMENT MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA
Airs Tuesday, February 26th at 7pm on WTVP-HD.
– First Film to Tell Comprehensive Story of How Women Have Transformed America over the Last Half-Century –
– Meryl Streep to Narrate the Groundbreaking Film, Which Will Feature Interviews with
Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Ellen DeGeneres, Ruth Bader Ginsberg,
Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric –
MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA,
a new PBS documentary produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions, Storyville Films and WETA Washington, D.C.,
in association with Ark Media, will air Tuesday, February 26 from 7-10:00 p.m. on WTVP-Public Media for
Central Illinois. The film tells the story of how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years
through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history, in pursuit of their rights to
a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. A preview of the
documentary is available at
MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA chronicles unforgettable moments in history
and builds on the unprecedented multi-platform video experience from PBS and AOL,
MAKERS.com, which launched
in February 2012. Leveraging the combined reach of television and the internet, the project shares the
stories of exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live
and the film will continue to chronicle the stories of women who led the fight, those who opposed it, and
those — both famous and unknown — who were caught in its wake. MAKERS is proudly brought
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“The Women’s Movement, broadly defined, impacted every aspect of American life,” said
filmmaker Dyllan McGee, the founder of MAKERS. “It is a very moving, dramatic, and often funny
story that we have produced in a way that will appeal not only to women, but to men as well — we want it to
be ‘must see TV’ for the whole family.”
Narrated by three-time Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, MAKERS: WOMEN WHO
MAKE AMERICA takes its cue from the movement’s motto, “The personal is political,” delving into the
personal lives of its subjects. The film is built from first-person, intimate accounts of women who experienced
this time of change, including movement leaders such as author and feminist activist Gloria Steinem and
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; opponents such as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly; celebrities
including media leader Oprah Winfrey and journalist Katie Couric; political figures such as Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton; and many “ordinary” women who confronted the dramatic social upheaval in their own lives.
“By spotlighting some of the most remarkable women in our nation’s modern history,
MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA will tell the comprehensive story of how women have advanced in
our country during the last half century. We know the documentary will educate and enlighten, but we hope
it will also inspire viewers to make positive changes in their own communities,” said Paula A. Kerger, P
resident and CEO of PBS. “PBS and our member stations are proud to support this celebration and dialogue
about the role of women in our society.”
Through the perspectives of those who lived through historic milestones, MAKERS:
WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA will recount the seminal events in the Women’s Movement, including the
publication of The Feminine Mystique in 1963, the battles to end discriminatory laws and practices
over the following decade, and Anita Hill’s testimony against Clarence Thomas before the Senate Judiciary
Committee in 1991. It will also go much further, telling the surprising and unknown stories of women who
broke barriers in their own chosen fields — from the coal mines of West Virginia to the boardrooms of
Madison Avenue. And it will take the story to today, when a new generation is both defending and questioning
the legacy of their mothers.
“I’m so happy that we’re finally hearing the stories and voices of women who make America,” s
aid Gloria Steinem, one of the project’s advisors and featured subjects. “We do what we see, not what we’re
told, so an incomplete story of this country damages everyone. MAKERS will not only change our
picture of the present, but release talent for the future.”
The broadcast of MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA comes on the heels of the launch
of MAKERS.com early in 2012. This landmark multiplatform video experience
from PBS and AOL aims to become the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled. The
AOL-developed interactive video platform has become a source of inspiration for millions of people, with more
than 26.7 million video views to date.
“Our innovative approach to MAKERS.com has enabled us to
inspire millions of people with thousands of MAKERS videos showcasing groundbreaking,
trailblazing and diverse women who have made an indelible impact on our world today,” said Maureen Sullivan,
SVP and General Manager, Women’s Content and Lifestyle Brands at AOL. “MAKERS.com
will continue to chronicle the achievements of women everywhere through a growing collection of
stories, expanding the reach of the MAKERS platform, and continuing this important dialogue.”
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In addition to the digital video platform and broadcast initiative, AOL and PBS will utilize
their broad-reaching community networks to draw the American public into an ongoing conversation about
MAKERS and how women transform all aspects of our country and our world today. This outreach
will include major partnerships with local PBS stations and groups that empower women and girls.
The project is founded by Dyllan McGee, who serves as executive producer along with
filmmakers Betsy West and Peter Kunhardt. Producers are Barak Goodman and Pamela Mason Wagner. Dalton Delan
is executive producer for WETA. The documentary is produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions, Storyville Films
and WETA Washington, DC, in association with Ark Media. Major funding is provided by Unilever and its
Simple® skincare brand. Additional funding is provided by The Charles H. Revson Foundation, NoVo Foundation,
Ford Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Rice Family
Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and others.
About PBS and WETA Washington, D.C.
PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new
worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 123 million people through television
and more than 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and
public affairs; hear diverse viewpoints; and take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. Teachers
of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom
lessons to life. More information about PBS is available at
WETA Washington, D.C., is the third-largest producing station for public television. Other WETA
productions and co-productions include PBS NEWSHOUR, WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL,
THE KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN PRIZE and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, including the premiere
in November of THE DUST BOWL. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO of WETA. More information on
WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org.
About AOL Inc.
AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) is a brand company committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in
brands and experiences that inform, entertain and connect the world. The home of a world-class collection
of premium brands, AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help
marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.
About the Filmmaker
Executive Producers are Dyllan McGee, Peter Kunhardt and Betsy West.
Kunhardt and McGee are partners in the Emmy Award-winning documentary company Kunhardt
McGee Productions. Working with PBS, HBO, and all the major networks, Kunhardt McGee’s documentary films
capture the people and the ideas that have shaped our history. Recent Kunhardt McGee projects include
“Finding Your Roots” (PBS), “Gloria: In Her Own Words” (HBO), “Teddy: In His Own Words” (HBO); “Faces of
America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” (PBS); “This Emotional Life” (PBS); and “African American Lives
1 and 2” (PBS). More information is available at
Betsy West, a veteran of ABC and CBS News and currently an associate professor at the
Columbia Journalism School, has more than 25 years of experience in television news and documentary films.
Her senior roles at “Turning Point” (ABC), “Nightline” (ABC), “60 Minutes” (CBS), “48 Hours,” and “9/11”
(CBS) have earned her 22 Emmy Awards and two duPont-Columbia Awards. Joining Storyville Films in 2006, she
co-produced the feature documentary “Constantine’s Sword” and is executive producer of “The Lavender Scare,”
currently in production. More information is available at
The Producer/Director is Barak Goodman. Goodman is a co-founder of Ark Media, an independent
documentary film production company located in Brooklyn, NY, that produces historical, cultural and public
affairs documentaries. In recent years, Ark Media has been nominated for an Academy Award and won a National
Emmy, a duPont-Columbia, an RFK Journalism, a George Foster Peabody, and a Writers Guild Award. More
information is available at www.ark-media.net.
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