PIONEERS IN SKIRTS

Pioneers in Skirts is an Emmy-nominated 60-min impact documentary about the obstacles that get in the way of pioneering ambition. The film addresses unfair perceptions and behaviors that can chip away at a woman, limit her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.

ASHLEY MARIA PRODUCTIONS presents

Pioneers in Skirts Movie Poster with Credits

LOGLINE: Pioneers in Skirts is an entertaining, socially conscious impact documentary that addresses the obstacles ambitious women and girls experience. In an inspiring portrait of perseverance and determination, we see how we ALL can address the stereotyping and sexism that can chip away at a woman, limit her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.

Real-life stories and frank commentary leave viewers seeing their role in the solution, feeling hopeful, and motivated to act.

Summary

Frustrated with her own challenges in the film industry, Filmmaker Ashley Maria takes us with her in the feature documentary Pioneers in Skirts as she looks for solutions and advice to overcome bias in our culture. 

Not finding many answers within her profession, she decides to expand her search to include other industries and society in general.

In an inspiring portrait of perseverance and determination, director Ashley Maria shares her own story as she follows the journey of 3 ambitious teen girls on a robotics team, their fathers, as well as a young mother who is up for a promotion – all while traveling the U.S., speaking to fellow pioneering women and topic experts who have solutions to share.

By the end of her quest, Ashley finds out how we ALL can address the unfair perceptions and behaviors that can chip away at a woman, limit her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.

Directed by DGA award-winning and Emmy-nominated director Ashley Maria.

Release Dates

Official Release Date: August 2020
It was a global pandemic sort of release :)

Official Film Festival Release: October 2019

Format

Specs: Secure online streaming link, Blu-ray disc, DCP (digital cinema package)
Language: English | 60-min runtime
Closed captioning: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian, Arabic

Movie Poster

Title: YOU ARE NOT ALONE

The design goal for our movie poster was to express a feeling of optimism. Color elements, diverse faces — all strategically placed to help the viewer feel the hope this film brings. – read more

Press/Media Kit

More information about the film and access to photos & promotional materials can be found here: pioneersinskirts.com/press-kit.

What’s A Pioneer?

A Pioneer — at its core, is a woman or girl who owns her success by challenging the barriers she encounters along her path, paves her own way, and leads the way for the next generation.

read more about a Pioneer and the naming of this film

Movie Trailers with closed captions

3-min Watch/Embed/Download links:

youtu.be/QU0jRjYLGa0 

vimeo.com/386090624 

Public Television 30-sec Watch/Embed link:

youtu.be/0GIPamDFq_8 

Major Themes In The Film

SUPPORT: The best ways to support women & girls who struggle with unfair career-limiting obstacles and setbacks

AWARENESS: How each of us can be more aware of perpetuating bias & sexism in the culture we live, work, and learn in

ALLIES: The approach we all can take to be better allies for women & girls, co-workers, and classmates

BEING INCLUSIVE: What workplaces and co-workers can do to make the work environment more equitable and welcoming for all

Credits

Directed by Ashley Maria

Produced by Lea-Ann W. Berst, Ashley Maria

Sound Edit by Amy Reynolds Reed

Composed by Alana Balagot

Sound Editing & Design by Devon Kelley at Skywalker Sound

Sound Mix by Vicki Lemar at Technicolor Post-Production Sound

Edited by Tiffany Hope, Ashley Maria, Crystal Lentz

Production Sound by Rebecca Chan

Cinematography by Elizabeth Yarwood

Written by Lea-Ann W. Berst, Ashley Maria

Graphic Design by Tom Bloczynski

Movie Theme Song “Freeway” by Mia Yara
(Listen to it on our Spotify playlist!)