Seeing is Believing: Women Direct
“It became more than a documentary for me,” Salinas says. “It’s this really deep and inspiring conversation that she [McClain] had with so many different women.”
Kristian Salinas, executive and artistic director of QFest
Available on KANOPY and PBS through American Public Television.
Playing at Houston's QFEST 2021 September 30th - Oct 4th, 2021. Buy Tickets Now!
Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct is a multiple award-winning documentary film that emphasizes the opportunity for women to use their voice through media to change the social and political landscape and achieve full equality. Focusing on inspiring and uplifting young female storytellers through the mentorship and leadership of four diverse directors, Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct opens the conversation up to ask "What is the broader role of storytelling in our society and how can women of all racial and gender identifications use filmed media as a unique opportunity to catalyze progress?"
"McClain’s documentary Seeing is Believing: Women Direct tackles issues of women in leadership head-on.."
"Hope is one of the characters featured in Cady McClain’s upcoming documentary…”
"A passionate, insightful, timely and gorgeously crafted film."
LIZZIE BORDEN (Director "Born in Flames")
“…illuminating, absorbing, and intelligently crafted.. a revelatory documentary…”
JURY PRIZE - Newport Beach Film Festival
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY - Burbank, Glendale, Geneva Film Festival's
WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD & NOMINEE BEST DOCUMENTARY - SOHO Film Festival
BEST DOCUMENTARY - Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival
BEST DOCUMENTARY - PRO ACTION - Artemis Women in Action Film Festival
MATRIX AWARD, DIRECTOR CADY MCCLAIN - Association of Women in Communications (other recipients include Barbara S. Cochran, Ann Curry, Jane Pauly, and Christiane Amanpour
Director Naima Ramos-Chapman
Starring Lesli Linka Glatter (EP/Director: Homeland), Sarah Gavron (Director:Suffragette, Rocks), Li Lu (Director: There is a New World Somewhere, A Town Called Victoria) and Naima Ramos-Chapman (Director: HBO's Random Acts of Flyness); the film is additionally bolstered by important insights from Lizzie Borden, Bethany Rooney, John Wells, Michael Rauch, Robert Munic, Betty Thomas, Joanna Kerns, Kimberly Peirce and more... to show how collaboration, rather than oppression, can incentivize all genders to connect across our shared human experience.
Animation by Xaviera Lopez
The film is in the collections of The University of Miami, Exeter University, The University of San Diego, Philip Exeter University, The University of Delaware, The University of Michigan, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Minnesota State University, Loyola Marymount University, the St Louis Public Library, the New York Public Library, the Anchorage Public Library and more.
Group screenings have included Women in Film Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, Webster University, Los Angeles City College, Johnson County Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - School of Tech and Animation, Hahn Loesser Law Firm, the Oxford Film Festival and more.
Educational Sales available through Collective Eye.
Carla Garapedian, Lizzie Borden, Cady McClain, Finola Hughes, Bethany Rooney
Film offered in 28, 57, and 84 minute versions.
Two test pilot screenings for Women's History Month in March of 2020 were shown on KVCR PBS Empire in Los Angeles/Riverside County, California. Additional PBS Stations to be announced soon!
Full educational packages, community screening guides, media guides, and syllabus are available.