The Big Lie highlights include being excerpted in Vogue and Women’s eNews; I was on the Sanjay Gupta Show on CNN, the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC, the Judith Regan Show on Sirius XM, To the Point with Warren Olney on NPR/KCRW, and the Leonard Lopate Show on NPR/WNYC; and I was interviewed for Cosmo, CNN News, Redbook, More, NEW YORK, Slate, Metro, Guest of a Guest, Refinery29, HuffPo Business, and many others.
With Laurie Anderson and Laura Michalchyshyn, I am the Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of The Federation, a coalition of artists, cultural organizations, and allies committed to keeping cultural borders open. Our public launch was on October 11, 2017 during the New York Film Festival. On January 20, 2018, we spearheaded the first-ever Art Action Day to show how #ArtUnitesUs and #CultureKeepsBordersOpen. Participants came from all across the country, such as Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Los Angeles, California; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; Lockhart, Texas; and New York, New York – where Mayor Bill De Blasio made an official proclamation about Art Action Day. Please read about the initiative in CNN, Hyperallergic, The Daily Beast, Artsy, and HowlRound. And listen to an interview with Shirin Neshat, Mara Hoffman, and Nell Breyer on The Brian Lehrer Show/WNYC.
To commemorate the first anniversary of the Women’s March, I produced and directed this video for Planned Parenthood: UNSTOPPABLE.
Two women I love, Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs, approached me independently of each other about wanting to make a film: on women running for office for the first time and their inspiring stories about why. We joined forces, and that idea has become SURGE. We recently completed a pitch trailer and set up an iFundWomen page to cover production expenses. Please watch and consider contributing. Every amount helps! Our goal is to have the film ready for release this fall.
On Sunday, April 22 at 3:30 pm, I’m moderating a panel with Betty Yu, Xenobia Bailey, Erin Markey, and Emily Johnson as part of New York Live Arts’s Live Ideas Festival.
I was the Executive Video Producer and Director with Sarah Lash and Chiara Clemente for GLAMOUR Women of the Year. The livestream for the event on November 13 can be found here. I made videos about the honorees including Maxine Waters, the Women’s March, Solange Knowles, Patty Jenkins, Nicole Kidman, Samantha Bee, and Peggy Whitson.
On December 17, I was a participant and performer in The Shape of Things, a day-long convening by Carrie Mae Weems of artists and activists, at the Park Avenue Armory.
In October, I was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as the Associate Director of Carrie Mae Weems’s show Grace Notes: Reflections for Now. A meditation on black lives lost and the impact of racial violence in America, Grace Notes previously played at Yale Repertory Theater in September 2016.
In July, I was in Portland, Oregon, working with playwright Kate Attwell and director Margot Bordelon on Test Match at Portland Center Stage at The Armory.
On June 20 at The Whitney Museum, I was in the Summer Solstice installment of Sibyl Kempson’s 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens.
On Thursday, May 18, I received The Memo’s first annual Women of Resilience Award, along with Miko Branch and Natalie Madeira Cofield. Founded by Minda Harts, the award honors women of color who are making a difference in their world and communities.
Modern Hero TV did an episode about me and my activism on behalf of women’s health.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I spoke at a panel on courage to celebrate the launch of Mara Hoffman’s project “Women’s Work.” You can watch my 5-minute speech here. “Women’s Work” is a series of portraits by Amber Mahoney of 25 #RadicalWomen in Mara’s designs. Please check out the site and read about it in Vogue.
With Hannah Rosenzweig, I produced the official “Prepare to March” video for the Women’s March on Washington. Soon after its release on January 13, it received more than 4 million views and was featured in the New York Times.
I produced a campaign for the Center for Health and Gender Equity to end the Global Gag Rule. We launched on International Women’s Day, March 8, with a rally in Washington, DC in Lafayette Park. Music superstar Halsey and Nigerian activist Hauwa Shekarau starred in the video, which received great press in Teen Vogue, HuffPost, Refinery29 and more.
Also on March 8, I produced a shoot at the #WomenWorkersRising rally at the Department of Labor, and we made a series of videos for V-Day/OneBillionRising including one featuring Ingrid Vaca of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
In addition, I worked with the New York Civil Liberties Union on a PSA narrated by Jeffrey Wright to raise support for the Justice Equality Act.
I consulted on Catherine Gund’s film Chavela, a documentary feature about the Mexican outlaw ranchera and lover of Frida Kahlo. The film premiered at the Berlinale in February 2017 and received rave reviews in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and more. The Guardian called it “unmissable” and “Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.” Chavela played at Film Forum in October 2017.
In February, I performed in a workshop at the Public Theater of a new play about race and surveillance by Jackie Sibblies Drury, directed by Sarah Benson of Soho Rep.