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New Film Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Women Gaining the Right to Vote

Set to debut on June 30, a PBS film inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment will feature a number of feminist icons and activists.

The 2020 MAKERS conference, happening today in Los Angeles, will announce the new documentary, NOT DONE, that celebrates the suffragists’ win in gaining the right to vote. The documentary will be a continuation of the PBS documentary series MAKERS: Women Who Make America that dove into how contemporary feminists are continuing the fight for true equality. MAKERS is a brand created by Verizon Media that aims to advance the women’s movement.

The film will be part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of trailblazers within the women’s movement and will investigate the multifaceted nature of the contemporary women’s movement through engaging interviews with activists, writers, celebrities, athletes, and politicians that connect the past and the present.

According to Verizon’s website, some of the featured interviewees will include founder of the Me Too Movement, Tarana Burke; attorney and professor Kimberlé Crenshaw; co-founder, Black Lives Matter Global Network, Patrisse Cullors; actress, director, and producer America Ferrera; writer Roxane Gay; teenage climate activist Tokata Iron Eyes; journalist Jodi Kantor; Olympic runner and activist Alysia Montaño; entrepreneur and parental leave advocate Alexis Ohanian.

Others include Academy Award-winning actress, director, and producer Natalie Portman; writer and executive producer Shonda Rhimes; former co-chair of The Women’s March Linda Sarsour; attorney Nina Shaw; feminist icon Gloria Steinem; president and CEO, TIME’S UP, Tina Tchen; and freshman congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-IL).

Dyllan McGee, MAKERS founder and NOT DONE executive producer pointed to the film’s mission to inspire of a new generation of female change makers. “We are hopeful NOT DONE will galvanize others to join them in this reignited women’s movement and continue to move the needle toward equality, as MAKERS has done since its inception,” McGee said.

This documentary is the first project funded by Verizon’s Future Fund, which commits $5 million to support female talent in the entertainment and technology industries. The purpose of the Future Fund is to ensure that women are represented in creative projects and to consistently create content that celebrates women and their achievements. According to Variety, Verizon has plans to explore a number of different options for project distribution through the Future Fund and will release them across the Verizon Media ecosystem.

Sources: Verizon, 2/11/20; Variety, 2/11/20.

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