Amplify Your Film’s Impact

by Cynthia Lowen

I’m gearing up for the Women at the Helm: Documentary Film Producing for Impact workshop on Saturday, February 28th, covering topics from developing your story, reaching out to subjects, the ins and out of fundraising, ethics in the field, choosing the right editor, audience engagement and outreach, and much more. I’m excited to announce that among the guest filmmakers who’ll be speaking about their own films and experiences is Diana Whitten, director of VESSEL a feature documentary following Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves, an organization providing safe abortions aboard a ship in international waters to women in countries without access to abortion. Also joining me is Holly Morris, co-director of THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL a feature documentary intimately depicting a community of women living in Ukraine’s “Dead Zone” surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor Number 4, as they eke out an existence—and thrive—in one of the most toxic environment on earth. Other guests to be announced shortly. Sign up for the workshop here!


Cynthia Lowen is an award-winning filmmaker and writer and the recipient of the Hedgebrook Women Authoring Change Fellowship sponsored by William Morris Entertainment. She is the co-creator, producer and writer of BULLY a feature documentary film following five kids and families through a year in the life of Americas bullying crisis, released in theaters world-wide by The Weinstein Company. Lauded by reviewers, BULLY was awarded a prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in journalism, as well as the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, among other honors. Drawing on BULLYs success, the filmmakers created The BULLY Project, a collaborative effort sharing a commitment to ending bullying and transforming society. Cynthia is also an award-winning poet and winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series for her collection THE CLOUD THAT CONTAINED THE LIGHTNING exploring the enduring legacy of nuclear weapons. She lives in Brooklyn.