The Oxford Women's Leadership Alliance is honored to welcome two internationally acclaimed filmmakers who are using film as a tool to shape public conversations and ignite lasting change. Dawn Porter's Trapped, which won both a Peabody and Sundance Film Festival award, explores laws regulating abortion clinics in the American South and has been used to help propel reproductive rights conversations in countries across the globe. Lindsey Dryden, a veteran of BBC, Channel 4, and The History Channel, produced 2017's Unrest, which highlights the power of human connection in the face of a life-altering, debilitating illness.

Please join Dawn and Lindsey for clips and conversation and learn how they use the power of film to give voice to the voiceless. 


18:30 – On-site registration

19:00 – Talk commences

20:00 – Networking reception

21:00 – Event close

The talk is open for anyone to attend, registration is essential so please use the register button to confirm your attendance.

About the speakers: Lindsey Dryden is an award-winning Director, Writer and Producer, a Fellow of Sundance’s Documentary Film Program and Creative Distribution Initiative, of BFI Flare and a founding member of Filmmakers With Disabilities and Queer Producers Collective. Her work has been released theatrically, broadcast on Netflix, PBS, BBC, and Channel 4, featured in Vogue and Elle, exhibited at Tate, won awards worldwide, and screened at 50+ festivals incl. Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, HotDocs, True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Art Of The Real. She produced Academy Award shortlisted feature documentary Unrest (Sundance 2017, Netflix/PBS 2018) and verite series TransIn America (ACLU/them 2018, SXSW 2019); co-produced Unrest VR (Winner, Best Virtual Reality Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017); and directed feature doc Lost and Sound (SXSW, 2012), numerous art films for Tate, short documentary Jackie Kay: One Person Two Names (Queer British Art 2017) and short documentary Close Your Eyes And Look At Me (True/False 2009).

Dawn Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Discovery, and Netflix among others. Her most recent work is a four-part archive based documentary entitled Bobby Kennedy for President. A two-time Sundance festival Director, her film Trapped exploring laws regulating abortion clinics in the South won a special jury social-impact prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, as well as a Peabody and numerous other awards. Her 2013 documentary Gideon's Army premiered on HBO and won awards at Sundance, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy, and is part of the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase. Dawn also directed and produced Spies of Mississippi, a critically-acclaimed historical documentary that was part of the Independent Lens series on PBS; Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, a film for The Discovery Channel chronicling President Obama’s program to help young men of color succeed.


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