Raleigh, N.C., August 22, 2020 – Director Ashley Maria and producer Lea-Ann W. Berst are proud to announce their collaboration with BIG & Digital, LLC. to support Women’s Equality Day through the Cinema Learning Challenge. On August 25 and 26, museums across the country will take part in a Virtual Field Trip initiative where students and their families can see Pioneers in Skirts and take part in conversation with the filmmakers.

“This initiative is really important to us,” said producer Lea-Ann W. Berst. “Museums across the U.S. are looking for sustainable ways to connect with their communities during the pandemic. So, when BIG & Digital approached us, we jumped at the chance to support museums by bringing students into the Pioneer conversation.”

The Find Your Inner Pioneer field trip movie watching program is an interactive program designed for students of all ages. The first of an on-going field trip program with Pioneers in Skirts, students and educators will watch the film at their leisure on August 25 and then participate in a conversation with the filmmakers on August 26.

“I’m excited to talk to the students about creating their own Pioneering Path,” said director Ashley Maria. “This virtual field trip experience will help students begin to identify and challenge biases as well as confront nay-sayers. Those are the building blocks they need to build their ambition and achieve their goals.”

Anyone interested in participating in this event can learn more and register online at

About the Film

Pioneers in Skirts is a multi-award-winning feature documentary about the issues that affect pioneering ambition and the ongoing effort to achieve gender parity in our culture.

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About the Filmmakers

Pioneers in Skirts is brought to you from the daughter-mother team of Ashley Maria and Lea-Ann W. Berst.

Director Ashley Maria, is located in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, is the recipient of the prestigious Directors Guild of America award, and most recently, she was recognized as the “Best New Director” at the DTLA Film Festival.

Producer, Lea-Ann W. Berst, is a global activation marketer whose career spans Technology, Marketing Consulting, and now Film. She is the recipient of various leadership and business awards, including the prestigious IBM Award of Excellence and Triangle Women in Business in North Carolina.

Ashley and Lea-Ann are a team dedicated to the ongoing effort to achieve gender parity in our culture.

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