The Films of Fork Films
In the belief that film has a unique capacity to shed light, evoke compassion and stir action, Fork Films invests in and creates media that make an important social contribution, with a particular emphasis on material that has been overlooked, people who tend to be underestimated, and stories that have been left out of the mainstream historical record.
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ABOUT THE FILM
What price conscience? Abigail Disney’s directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverent Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue.
Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose case has cast a spotlight on “Stand Your Ground” laws. McBath, also a Christian, decides to work with Schenck even though she is pro-choice. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action-where so many before her have failed.
ARMOR follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture, and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground.
THE ARMOR OF LIGHT is the directorial debut for Abigail Disney (Fork Films’ president & CEO). She previously produced PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008.
Three years. Six revolutions. Nine women.
Fighting for peace in a state of war.
THE TRIALS OF SPRING is a major documentary event that chronicles the stories of nine women who played central roles in the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermaths in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. It includes a feature-length documentary, six short films, articles by award-winning journalists, and a robust social media conversation about women and their unwavering quest for social justice and freedom.
THE TRIALS OF SPRING world premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival NY in June 2015.
When a young Egyptian woman travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to sixty years of military rule, she is arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces and later punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out. Unbreakable, she sets out in a search for freedom and social justice in a country in the grips of a power struggle, where there is little tolerance for the likes of her. Buoyed by the other activists she meets along the way, Hend Nafea’s story mirrors the trajectory of the Arab Spring—from the ecstasy of newfound courage to the agony of shattered dreams. In the end, despite crushing setbacks, it is resilience that sustains the hope for reform even in the darkest hours of repression.
THE TRIALS OF SPRING is created by Oscar Nominated Gini Reticker and Abigail Disney, the team behind the award-winning documentary, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, and Executive Producers of the celebrated PBS special series, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE. The team is comprised of top American and local crews, whose credits include THE SQUARE, WE ARE THE GIANT, BULLY, LEMON, and WATCHERS IN THE SKY.
To find out how you can host a screening of the films in your community or classroom, and how you can get involved in the project, sign up for THE TRIALS OF SPRING announcements.
Film is a co-production of ZAG LINE PICTURES, LLC and INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS), with funding provided by CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING (CPB); in association with FORK FILMS, ARTEMIS RISING FOUNDATION and CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY | Shorts are a production of ZAG LINE PICTURES, LLC in association with FORK FILMS, ARTEMIS RISING FOUNDATION and CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY| Major funding provided by 20X50, a group of donors providing key support; NORWEGIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS; 25X25, a group of donors providing important support; INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS) / CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING (CPB); ARTEMIS RISING FOUNDATION; STARRY NIGHT FUND; PIERRE N. HAUSER; SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION and MARY D. FISHER | Supported by INDEPENDENT LENS, CHICKEN & EGG PICTURES; GUCCI TRIBECA DOCUMENTARY FUND; NATHAN CUMMINGS FOUNDATION, with the support and encouragement of JANE SAKS; IFP and additional foundations and individuals
- EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Abigail E. Disney, Sally Jo Fifer, Gini Reticker, Regina K. Scully
- LOGO DESIGN AND DIGITAL ART DIRECTION Thomas Cobb Group
- DIGITAL CAMPAIGN BY MediaStorm
- FILM TITLE DESIGN AND ART DIRECTION Moniker New York
- COMPOSER Blake Leyh
- SHORTS DIRECTORS Dalia Ali, Mona Eldaief, Cameron Hickey
- DIGITAL DIRECTOR Lauren Feeney
- FILM CINEMATOGRAPHERS Mohamed S. Amir, Tamer Ashry, Aida Elkashef, Muhammed Hamdy
- FILM EDITOR
- FILM DIRECTOR Gini Reticker
- OUTREACH BY Peace Is Loud
WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is a five-part special series exploring women’s strategic role in conflict and peacebuilding. With narrators Matt Damon, Geena Davis, Tilda Swinton and Alfre Woodard, the paradigm-shifting series spotlights the stories of women in volatile conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan, and Colombia to Liberia.
The series received an enthusiastic response from the media and from viewers who are interested in the growing international discussion about the role of women in conflict, justice and peacebuilding – a discussion that promises to have a significant impact on lives around the world.
WOMEN, WAR & PEACE: SCREENING KITS
Offered free of charge to organizations outside the United States that empower women and support peace.
Peace is Loud, Fork Films and THIRTEEN partnered to launch a worldwide global outreach campaign in 2012 to bring WOMEN, WAR & PEACE to an international audience. The campaign involved creating screening kits with all the materials needed to screen and discuss the films in four languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish. The films are available on region-free DVDs and the kit also includes a CD with a downloadable discussion and resource guide specifically written for grassroots organizations, which provides insights from leaders about organizing for peace.
In January of 2013, Peace is Loud sent screening kits to partner organizations around the world, particularly NGOs working on the ground to prevent conflict and bolster women’s leadership. The primary goal in this was to spark creative thinking about organizing and advocacy as well as inspire action through examples of women-led nonviolent movements for peace.
To date, we have shared over 1500 screening kits and the films have been shown in more than 82 countries. The outreach campaign is ongoing, and Peace is Loud will continue to share kits and collect feedback from audience members at screening events to maximize the series’ impact.
Please note that quantities are limited, and so Peace is Loud unfortunately cannot guarantee that all screening kit requests will be granted.
WOMEN, WAR & PEACE has won the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award for best TV documentary on international affairs, the Gracie Award for outstanding series, and a Television Academy Honor. The War We Are Living has won the Overseas Press Club’s Award for best reporting in any medium on Latin America, Pray the Devil Back to Hell won the Gracie Award for outstanding producer, and I Came to Testify has been honored with the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel award.
“This series of five documentaries, all made to challenge the notion that war is an inherently masculine concern, has to be one of the best documentary efforts ever to grace television, and I’m being very serious when I say that. PBS absolutely outdid itself in documenting the work and experiences of women in wartime, both in the depth, breadth and attention the filmmakers paid to the gendered nature of conflict and peace-building and their treatment of the women, which was compassionate, humanizing, and celebratory.”
“WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is powerful human drama, and a living, breathing testament to the human spirit. There’s nothing particularly cheerful or entertaining about it as a light TV diversion, but it’s no downer. It asks a lot of the viewer, but it’s hard to imagine a program that gives more back. It’s both heartbreaking and life-affirming, and there are moments that are almost impossible to forget.”
— Alex Strachan, Vancouver Sun
“…the series… shiver[s] with the tension of humanity at its worst and humanity at its best. As the stories unfold, we peer into the depths of depravity only to rise, on the shoulders of these women, to the promise of survival that transcends resiliency and becomes change.”
— Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
“Intellectually ambitious but lushly photographed, incisive but circumspect … Creators Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, and Gini Reticker have produced a series that’s likely to challenge conventional expectations for war documentaries: how we watch them, how we make them..one of the more fascinating and innovative documentary series that you’ll ever see.”
—Andrew McNally, PopMatters
- SERIES CREATED BY
Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker
- SENIOR PRODUCER Nina Chaudry
- FILMMAKERS Peter Bull, Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker, Claudia Rizzi, Oriana Zill Granados
- CO-PRODUCERS Nina Chaudry, Johanna Hamilton
- EDITORS Pascal Akesson, Andrew Fredericks, Kristen Huntley, Rachel Reichman, Meg Reticker, Kate Taverna
- CINEMATOGRAPHY Kirsten Johnson, Tony Forma, Lucy Martens
- ORIGINAL MUSIC Bob Golden, Blake Leyh
The DVD box set is available for purchase online from PBS. The box set includes episodes I Came to Testify, Peace Unveiled, The War We Are Living, and War Redefined*.
240 minutes on 2 Discs. Rating: TV-14.
*Please note that Pray the Devil Back to Hell is not included in this box set and must be purchased separately. You may purchase the DVD for Pray the Devil Back to Hell on amazon.com.
PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.
Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks.
A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.
Since its festival premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008 (winning Best Documentary), PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL has screened in all 7 continents in over 60 countries, over 100 festivals, and has had theatrical bookings in over 40 cities in the U.S. It was the first film to ever screen at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and has been bestowed with over 20 awards, and is broadly credited with helping its lead figure Leymah Gbowee win a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. It also has maintained a 100% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
WHAT CRITICS SAID
“Eloquently captures the power each of us innately has within our souls to make this world a far better, safer, more peaceful place.”
— Desmond Tutu, Winner 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
“I was very moved. I think PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL can educate and maybe prevent other countries from slipping into the kind of chaos that my country experienced. It’s going to make a major contribution.”
— President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
“The movie, for me, was about much more than the tragic, and then ultimately uplifting events in Liberia. It was about the power of ordinary people to intervene in their own fate…Leymah Gbowee…should be a lesson to all of us.”
— New York Times (op-ed column)
— Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best selling author
“PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL is inspiring, it is exciting and it is riveting storytelling. And, I know from my own experiences in Liberia, that it is brilliantly real. The women in this story are a model for all of us and Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker’s tour de force left me full of hope and optimism.”
— Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
- DIRECTED BY Gini Reticker
- PRODUCED BY Abigail E. Disney
- CO-PRODUCERS Johanna Hamilton
- EDITED BY Kate Taverna, Meg Reticker
- DIRECTOR OF PHOTGRAPHY Kirsten Johnson
- MUSIC COMPOSED BY Blake Leyh
- VOCALS BY Angelique Kidjo
The Home DVD is available for purchase at a retailer near you and many online retailers, including:
Synopsis of ON ACCOUNT OF SEX
Phyllis Schlafly honed her political skills in the conservative movement of the 1950s and 1960s, then put them to work to stop the ERA. She traveled the country decrying the proposed amendment, which sought to ensure equal rights for women under law, as “anti-family” and un-American.
In the process, she built a coalition of evangelical Christians and political conservatives that influenced the modern conservative movement.
Schlafly helped send the ERA down in defeat in 1982, but the battle for equal rights continued. Since then, many of the goals the ERA aimed for have been achieved by other means. And the predictions Schlafly made about what would happen if the amendment succeeded – from women serving in the military to gay rights – have also come to pass.
- COPRODUCED WITH Retro Report
- DIRECTED BY Kathleen Hughes
- EDITED BY Kristen Huntley
- FIELD PRODUCER Scilla Alecci
- DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Jeff Hutchins
- PRODUCTION MANAGER Kirsten Norr
- ARCHIVE PRODUCER Prudence Arndt
- ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Jack Dodson
Co-produced with The New York Times Retro Report
“A lot of people believe that the buffalo have returned in order to help heal the people because they are dependent on each other. So now that the people have helped restore the buffalo, the buffalo are going to help restore the people. It may sound like a romantic theory but it’s real economics.”
– Mark Tilsen, President, Native American Natural Foods
Synopsis of BUFFALO RETURNS
In the face of a powerful recession, crippling unemployment and a housing crisis, a small, creative and energetic band of Native American businesspeople, with the help of the buffalo, rebuild their community through a growing business, Native American Natural Foods, the company behind Tanka energy bars. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker weaves together beautiful imagery set to the pulse of the Sioux Nation to carefully tell the story of two entrepreneurs who use tradition and ingenuity to bring opportunity and hope to the people on the Pine Ridge Reservation. After nearly going extinct, the buffalo has returned, bringing a chance for prosperity to the Lakota people.
ARTISTIC STATEMENT – GINI RETICKER
Years ago I was fortunate to get to know a number of the founding members of KILI Radio Station on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the first Native American owned and controlled radio station in the United States. They were part of a committed group of activists that knew that the solution to their community’s problems would come from within, that there was no guy riding in on a white horse to save the day. They were dedicated to being part of that solution.
Over the years, their activities have grown and diversified. I’ve watched with dismay the usual media reports about life on Pine Ridge that focused solely on the poverty that has plagued this isolated reservation since inception — problems that stem from an economy designed to function on government rations. Few reports have focused on the inspiring, and growing number of stories of the social entrepreneurs who have seized on overlooked opportunities to create a long-term sustainable economy.
Buffalo Returns demonstrates how the Lakota people’s belief that the resurgence of the buffalo will help restore their community is proving to be much more than a romantic idea.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Tribeca® Digital Studios and American Express co-produced a series of three short films (Buffalo Returns, A Dream Preferred, and The Downtown Project) that celebrate small businesses and the creators at the forefront of the entrepreneurial renaissance. Academy Award®-nominated filmmakers Gini Reticker (Pray the Devil Back to Hell), Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp) have brought stories to life that explore the nature, shifts, and struggles of young business development; the pioneers, inventors, and dreamers at the helm of these ambitions; and the impact these ventures have on their communities.
The films will debut on July 15 on a host of cable on-demand platforms in over 40 million homes including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Cablevision, Cox and Brighthouse, Vimeo, interactive smart TV app American Express NOW, the American Express YouTube Channel, and American Express OPEN Forum, an online community for small businesses to inspire and help them grow.
About the small business featured in BUFFALO RETURNS
Founded in 2006 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Native American Natural Foods owners Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen imagine a world filled with healthy foods that add to the restoration and preservation of our lands and ecosystem — a world without the pain of starvation or obesity. The world they imagine embraces the lifestyle that Native American people lived just over a century ago.
“Tanka” is used in reference to delivering your best with all your heart, mind, body and spirit. It is the choices that you make and the actions that you take to be who you are. Whether you’re Native, white, black, yellow or brown, it is your ability to overcome, to extend a helping hand for those in need, to defeat racism, to protect our Mother Earth, and to love all others on our planet.
It is your ability to Live Life Powerfully and to acknowledge “Mitakuye Oyasin” — we are all related.
Check out the other two shorts in the series co-produced by Tribeca® Digital Studios and American Express:
A DREAM PREFERRED, directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing about the Taharka Brothers, purveyors of ice cream and social change in Baltimore whose future hinges on a crowdfunding campaign to launch a “Food for Thought” ice cream truck, a literal vehicle for change. WATCH A DREAM PREFERRED
THE DOWNTOWN PROJECT, directed by Morgan Spurlock about a local initiative known as The Downtown Project in Vegas which provides training, invests in inspiration and partners with small businesses to make dreams happen and bring a community out of the shadows. WATCH THE DOWNTOWN PROJECT
Please note that A DREAM PREFERRED and THE DOWNTOWN PROJECT are not Fork Films productions.
- DIRECTED BY Gini Reticker
- PRODUCED AND EDITED BY Andrew Fredericks
- SENIOR PRODUCER Eva Anisko
- DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Kirsten Johnson
- MUSIC Chris Beaty
- EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Michelle R. Carney, Tom Casciato, Abigail E. Disney, Gary Krieg, Nancy Schafer, Matt Spangler
A production of Nervous Breakthrough Productions
in association with Fork Films
for Tribeca Enterprises LLC