Middle school students participated in a community sponsored presentation of The Empowerment Project at Garrett College on May 12, 2016. The fifty-five minute film highlighted the extraordinary accomplishments of ordinary women across the United States. During their visit, students also toured the Art Gallery which featured an installation created by adjunct professor, Angie Sincell, who also owns and operates her own Art Studio which is currently relocating to Grantsville. Students filled out cards that explained what they would do if they were not afraid to fail and these cards became a part of the art installation on one wall of the gallery. The students were treated to a special surprise at the conclusion of the movie as the two key filmmakers entered the auditorium and provided a question and answer period. Community organizations worked together to provide this unique experience. Special thanks to Maureen Myers, Miriam Sincell, Linda Carr, and Judy Carbone for serving as the organizing committee. Additional thanks to the below sponsors.
"What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?"
That’s the question Emmy-Award Winning filmmakers Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook asked themselves before embarking on a 7,000 mile road trip across the US with a group of all female filmmakers in 2013. Tired of the lack of positive female role models in the media after working in reality television for networks like ABC, NBC, MTV, Lifetime and TLC, Sarah and Dana felt inspired to make a change after reading Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In.”
Once they raised money on Kickstarter to launch, the all female crew interviewed 17 extraordinary women in total from a pilot, athlete and astronaut to the first female four star admiral in the US Navy, architect, mathematician and many more. The common thread being that each woman did not let fear or struggle and especially not gender stand in the way of achieving her dream. The result is the feature-length documentary entitled The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things distributed by Seattle-based Indieflix.
Director Sarah Moshman and Producer Dana Michelle Cook currently travel to screen the film in schools, groups, organizations and corporations around the United States and internationally. Their focus is using community screenings to bring people together and spark an important conversation around empowerment in our world today.
The Garrett College Art Gallery installation will be open this weekend. Please check the Garrett College website for more information regarding hours.
To schedule a screening, watch the trailer, or join the movement, go to empowermentproject.com.
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