Our next festival screening
October 26 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Followed by an audience Q&A. Then, at 2:30 pm we’re hosting an Inclusion in Film panel.
A movie about ambition
Many women battle a bias that is eroding their ambition. There are mountains of research (study after study…after study) that reveal women start out their careers with more ambition than men, but as soon as 2 years out of college women’s confidence and ambition plummets by over 60%.
These declines came independent of marriage or motherhood status. And, this phenomenon affects women across professions.
Why the dashed expectations?
Pioneers in Skirts is an entertaining social conscious documentary that addresses the stereotyping and sexism that can chip away at a woman, hurt her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.
As ambitious women are forced to maneuver a work-world built for company men, Ashley wastes no time planning her escape while clearing a path for the women coming up fast behind her.
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Run time: 59 minutes
What’s Next? Pioneers in Skirts is ready to screen at communities, schools and companies.
We are currently looking at a hybrid distribution model that involves segmented self-distribution and distributor relationships.
Pioneers in Skirts is an entertaining examination of gender parity in the workplace from the perspective of a female filmmaker who was frustrated with her own problems in the film industry.
Not finding many answers within her profession, she decides to expand her search to include other industries and society in general.
For 4 years, she traveled the U.S. to investigate solutions: speaking to fellow pioneering women and girls and interviewing topic experts. By the end of her journey she finds out how we ALL can address the stereotyping and sexism that can chip away at a woman, hurt her potential, and make her feel like she must re-think her dreams.
What does a filmmaker do if she wants to overcome an issue she’s having in her life? Well, she makes a movie about it.
Soon after I started my directing career in Los Angeles, I knew I needed to make an honest film that investigated the shocking experiences I was having. I wasn’t prepared for what was happening and quickly realized this was a very big issue for women everywhere – not just in the film industry. It was much bigger than me.
The issue? The sexism and stereotyping that can prevent women from reaching their full potential.
Pioneers in Skirts grew into an overarching search for strategies to advance gender parity. My hope is for the film to be utilized to help create a world where ambitious women & girls won’t have to combat bias in their lives, and companies can achieve diverse and inclusive work cultures.
After 4 years of following pioneering women and gathering the facts, I am excited for the impact this film will have – not just for women or the film industry – but for cultures wanting to play a role in dramatically changing the outcome for women today, and the next generation.
I’m proud to share that, after targeted test screening results from around the country, Pioneers in Skirts has proven to motivate viewers to re-evaluate the world around them and their place in it. Viewers share that they now empathize with women and what they are confronted with on a daily basis, and they leave the film wanting to take steps toward change. They want to make a difference.
We ALL can play a role in pioneering change!
~ Ashley Maria
|Festival Name||Location||Date||Notable Details|
|DTLA Film Festival||Los Angeles, California||October 23-27, 2019||Los Angeles Premiere|
|Black Bear Film Festival||Milford, Pennsylvania||October 18-20, 2019||Milford Premiere|
|Mystic Film Festival||Mystic, Connecticut||October 2-6, 2019||Mystic Premiere|
|Catalina Film Festival||Catalina Island, California||September 1-30, 2019||Spotlight Debut|
|FLIXX Fest Film Festival||Ft. Jones, California||September 19-22, 2019||Curator’s Choice Award, Fort Jones Premiere|
|Women Deliver Film Festival||Vancouver, Canada||June 3-6, 2019||Premiere|
Our film started to receive great media exposure as soon as we started filming!
- A sampling: M3AAWG Cyber-Security Association Blog, Security Skeptic, SendGrid, ForbesMedia, Spectrum News, SUNY Canton Blog, ForbesBusiness/SAP, Return Path Release, Lenovo Blog, The Thin Difference, West Virginia Press, Women Worldwide, Data & Marketing Association, After Canton Magazine, and more…
We made Pioneers in Skirts for the woman who –
- feels she has done all the “right things” in college to position herself for success as she entered her first job,
- has high ambitions for her career and the life in front of her,
- is aware that she should own her own success but can’t understand (or get past) cultural and systemic challenges that hold her back,
- is feeling like a wall has come up in front of her…and she feels it is all her fault, and/or
- feels she is to blame and is wondering how she can “fix” herself.
We made Pioneers in Skirts for the many parents & mentors who –
- want to help girls carve a successful career path,
- have already seen the girls in their lives begin to doubt their capabilities,
- want the girls and boys in circle of influence to know what’s happening around the, and/or
- have agonized as to why the girls in their lives are dropping out of a career path that seemed to once energize them.
Our Heartfelt Thanks to Those Who Welcomed Our Camera’s on Location
3 Black Dot • IEEE • Norman Lear • Bresee Community Center
The Foundry Group
Focus Brands • Kat Cole
Charlotte Engineering Early College • Elinvar • Central Piedmont Community College • IMAGINON: The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg • Lenovo • Lily • NC First Robotics • Cara & Jake Yara • Lia & Jerry Schwinghammer • Netsertive • SAS • Lea-Ann W. & David J. Berst • The Charlotte Ballet Academy • Girl Scouts of NC • White Plains United Methodist Church • Rommel Harley Davidson • UNC Chapel Hill • Marbles IMAX • Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) Race Track
MG Heidi V. Brown • Offutt Air Force Base
BMW Car Club of America • Virginia International Raceway
MOZ • Sarah Bird & Eric McMillan
The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
LaBelle Theatre • Thanks Plain and Simple!
Contact us to schedule an interview Director, Ashley Maria and/or Producer, Lea-Ann W. Berst about why they traveled the U.S. for 4 years to make this film, what they learned along the way, and what plans they have for the film.
Pioneers in Skirts
PO Box 57374
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Ashley Maria, Director
Lea-Ann W. Berst, Producer
PioneersinSkirts [@] gmail.com
What People Are Saying
The film is amazing at really driving home key points and helping us see the world in a new way. They do not point the finger and say “I cannot succeed because of this man” they say “there is an issue in society and i am going to be apart of the solution so we can all succeed.” I really loved it.
This movie is a refreshing, necessary reminder about the problems that exist in our society with respect to women and how they’re (mis)treated relative to men and my wife and I are both very glad to know that this is a project making its way towards mass distribution!
Pioneers in Skirts is eye opening! Relevant…at times raw. Definitely important to see.
There’s a sense of realness and authenticity that’s different than a lot of films. This film just feels relatable.
It’s such an important film, especially today. Everybody can see their role in the problem.
When they watch the film, I can see that women who are struggling will feel like they are not alone. I just love that.
This was an eye opening look at how women are treated in society and the changes that need to be addressed.
If an organization is open to the idea of change, this film can offer opportunity to begin new conversations around the issues.
I really like that men are shown as a part of the solution!
Images and Videos
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IMAGES – Here you’ll find a sampling of images relating to the movie. Please contact us if you need a higher resolution version or a specific kind of image that is not shown.