Laura Nix is an independent filmmaker committed to exploring provocative characters and subject matter. Her first breakthrough documentary “The Light in Her Eyes” (2011) was about a Syrian Quran school where women studied religious texts mostly reserved for men and questioned their position in society. Since then, her films (“The Politics of Fur”, “Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig”, “The Yes Men Are Revolting”, “Inventing Tomorrow” and more) have screened in hundreds of film festivals and have been broadcast on the biggest television networks in the world. In 2017, Nix was awarded the Sundance Institute/Discovery Impact Fellowship for reflecting the fragile and changing nature of the planet in her award-winning work and contributing to its protection.
Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a non-profit supporting women filmmakers, since 1983. WMM’s mission is to elevate diverse women directors and producers, improving equity in the film industry and assuring that feminist films reach international audiences. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world, helping female-led visions come to fruition. WMM’s internationally recognized Production Assistance Program has helped thousands of women get their films made. Films from WMM programs have been nominated or won Academy Awards for the last twelve years, including documentary award winner, “Citizenfour” and 2019’s nominee “Free Solo”.