Pioneers in Skirts

A social impact documentary about women with pioneering ambitions, the obstacles that get in their way, and what is and can be done to change that.

In a world where girls grow up believing, “if you dream it, you can be it,” as an adult, Ashley felt held back – her dreams slipping away. Determined to find a fix, she uncovers an empowering fact: she isn’t broken. She never was.

A creative way of advancing inclusion and diversity for all.

MOVIE UPDATE: We are in the midst of post-production; editing our 4-year journey of finding out how to help today’s pioneering millennial women prepare for, and resolve, the tidal wave that will soon hit them.

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908, 2017

A Tarheel born and bred

August 9th, 2017|Our Announcements|

For This Hollywood Director… North Carolina’s Film Industry Is A Call Home Director Ashley Maria is a Tarheel born and bred, but professors and friends both told her the only way to “make it” in film was to be in Hollywood. Determined to succeed, she went west in 2009. Despite her driver’s license reading “California,” Ashley’s blue blood never wavered. When her most recent project, Pioneers in Skirts brought her back to North Carolina for an interview with the UNC women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell in 2013, she saw an opportunity to weave together her two homes. […]