We go higher
SOME CURSE THE DARKNESS. OTHERS LIGHT A CANDLE. From the surviving loved ones of victims and survivors of the attacks of September 11th, Manchester, Las Vegas, Newtown, Orlando, and Parkland, comes WE GO HIGHER: a light-bearing, global documentary feature film and short series that delivers hope and inspires healing resilience in all moments of loss. Currently in production.
Benefitting Tuesday’s Children
UNITED STATE OF WOMEN SUMMIT 2018
Women Rising came on as Executive Producers and Filming Directors for the 2018 United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles featuring First Lady Michelle Obama. Women Rising brokered partnerships with Facebook and YouTube for the live stream and Paramount, Sony, and Dreamworks TV for the pre-show.
Benefitting Civic Nation
Women Rising is the founding partner, director, and producer of ProtectHer. With the belief that in order to safeguard the dorm rooms, we have to activate the influence of the locker rooms, ProtectHer is a first of its kind sexual assault prevention program focused on male athletes. The four-part film series is made up of a feature length documentary and three short companion pieces, accompanied by a companion educational curriculum. The program is available for license to schools and universities and delivered via a protected, proprietary digital platform.
Benefitting It's On Us
A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY
As producers of A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, Women Rising oversaw every aspect of the film. Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie was bullied in school and online as she discovered a video labeling her “The Ugliest Woman in the World”. Lizzie’s story proves that there is life on the other side of bullying and that self-worth and compassion are essential on that journey. With a world premiere at SXSW, the film went on to win 10 festival awards and qualified for the Academy Award, turning Lizzie into a national hero along the way.
Benefitting The Megan Meier Foundation
FEMALE STORYTELLERS CONTEST
In partnership with Lionsgate, Imagine Entertainment, Women Rising and the director of The Spy Who Dumped Me , we are creating an opportunity for female storytellers to share meaningful, heartfelt, and hilarious stories with the world. Inspired by The Spy Who Dumped Me, a hilarious buddy comedy starring Mila Kunis and Kate KcKinnon and directed by Susanna Fogel, we are inviting female filmmakers to share their stories about enduring friendships - with lots of laughs! The winner will be chosen and rewarded $15,000 to create their next short film, a trip to Los Angeles for an influencer screening of The Spy Who Dumped Me and a meet and greet with the filmmakers.
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES NYC
March for Our Lives was created, inspired, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short, dozens injured and thousands impacted in Parkland, Florida, Women Rising came on board as Consulting Producers for the March for our Lives NYC to help amplify the voices of survivors.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY WITH MARIA SHRIVER
To celebrate International Women's Day 2018, Women Rising hosted a sold out, private book signing in Austin featuring Maria Shriver and her New York Times Best Seller, "I've Been Thinking... Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life." Women coming together to champion each other one heroine at a time: welcome to what's ahead for Women Rising!
UNITED STATE OF WOMEN SUMMIT
In 2016, the inaugural United State of Women Summit convened in partnership with the Obama Administration's White House Council of Women and Girls. The event drew more than 2.6 billion impressions worldwide. The USOW isn't just a conference— it's a powerful gathering of women and allies from across the country who know their energy and power will break down barriers that stand between women and full equality. Women Rising is proud to come on board as Executive Producers for the 2018 USOW Summit.
Sara Hirsh Bordo, Founder, Director and Producer
Sara previously held positions in media and entertainment including Executive Director of Interactive Marketing at Paramount Pictures, VP of Digital Marketing at MGM Studios, and CEO and Co-Founder of NowLive which was acquired by Live Media Group in 2013. During her experience in entertainment, she was told by her female boss, that she “belonged more in an apron than in an office.” Recognizing that women have to champion each other rather than allow each other to feel threatened by each other, Sara founded Women Rising, which is dedicated to empowering women and girls through content and experiences. After more than 10 years away in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Sara returned to Austin for the opportunity to direct and produce for the first TEDxAustinWomen, which ultimately became the #1 viewed TEDxWomen event in the world across 58 countries. After meeting Lizzie Velasquez during TEDxAustinWomen, Sara and Women Rising secured Lizzie’s rights to tell her story. Sara’s directorial debut, “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”, premiered and won the audience award at SXSW and followed with winning awards at every festival it played, secured global distribution, and qualified for the Academy Award. In 2016 she returned to live experiences by producing, directing, and programming the R3 Summit for Prevention Magazine (Rodale Inc), The Circular Summit, in partnership with Entrepreneur and Inc. magazines, and in January 2017 directed and produced the rally of the Women’s March of Texas which became the largest gathering of women in Texas history. Sara then directed and produced “ProtectHer”, a first of its kind sexual assault prevention film series and is currently making “We Go Higher: A Documentary of Hope from the 9/11 Kids.” Sara is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America New Media Council, was selected to attend The White House Women Entrepreneurship Conference, The White House Champions for Change Summit, and the final White House’s It’s On Us summit, has been nominated twice for Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur, and has been featured in publications including Inc., Entrepreneur, Forbes, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, People, The Mighty, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
Cameron Sun, HEAD OF Finance
Cameron has 20 years of experience working in finance in various industries, such as entertainment, fashion, technology, public relations, retail, banking, and many more. Prior to venturing out and forming his own consulting firm, he was CFO KP Fashion and AllSaints North America. The past few years, Cameron has worked with IMIO, Roundup Media, HavenTowerGroup, Shani Worldwide, Left Shoe Company, Live Media Group, Telewise, and American Botanical. Cameron worked with Sara Bordo at NowLive and continues to work with her at Women Rising. Cameron graduated from USC with a BA in History and received his MBA from Pepperdine University.
Marissa Garcia, HEAD OF Strategy & Partnerships
A 14-year Motion Picture Marketing Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world's leading entertainment and sports agency, Garcia represented digital marketers in the motion picture, television, and video game arenas. Clients included such leading marketing and distribution companies as Mondo, Red Bull, Digital Kitchen, 42 Entertainment, NowLive, Five33, IMAX, Prima Cinema, NCM, and Signature Creatives, among others. Garcia also worked on behalf of the agency’s director, producer, actor and game developer clients and with studios, and networks to develop innovative and effective campaigns that reach consumers. She provided insight and guidance in all areas of marketing, including both domestic and international release strategies, and media planning across all platforms. In 2015, Garcia co-founded M+C Collective, a specialized marketing, film distribution and sales agency. M+C Collective harnessed collective experience to provide impactful film distribution strategy and marketing campaign execution. Marissa worked closely with filmmakers to identify goals for distribution and marketing through the life of the film and work tirelessly to secure the best domestic distribution. Her unique experience and relationships enabled her to marry traditional marketing savvy with targeted grass-roots tactics to implement outreach and engagement programs that ensure the film reaches the broadest audience.
sj murray, CONTRIBUTING executive Producer
SJ Murray is an EMMY-nominated and award-winning writer and producer. Born in Ireland, she grew up in France and lives and works in the U.S. After earning her Ph.D. from Princeton and studying screenwriting at UCLA, SJ’s research has focused on the role stories play in shaping culture and the qualities and characteristics that make them sticky and viral. Her creative work in the documentary, feature film, and television spaces is focused on great stories, effectively told, that shift the narrative around crucial social and human issues, while inspiring audiences and moving them to action. A tenured professor at Baylor, SJ is known for establishing and pioneering the field of story design (TM pending). She is also the founding co-chair of the NEXUS working group on film media & story, and has curated impact-centered conversations from Sundance to the White House and the United Nations. Her TEDx talks on story have been viewed over 250,000 times.
shelley logan, writer
Shelley’s nearly 20-year career has encompassed the publishing, dot.com, airline, and recruiting industries, and she has worn many hats. She is a jack-of-all-trades with experience in a variety of fields, including sales, event planning, corporate culture initiatives, writing, compensation analysis, recruiting, and board meeting preparations, to name a few. In a nutshell, Shelley is a people person who loves tight deadlines, a challenge, and thinking outside the box. With an English degree from TCU, Shelley’s first love is writing, and she has published several employee and customer profiles in Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine. She is currently enjoying her most challenging job yet as a freelance writer and mom to three boys.
jaime horn, publicist
Jaime Horn has over 17 years of experience in communications, politics, and international development. A media relations and publicity specialist, Jaime has served clients in the public affairs and non-profit sectors. Jaime has a Masters of Arts in Conflict Transformation from the School for International Training and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Texas Christian University. In 2013, she co-launched The Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women, a non-profit organization that seeks to equip the next generation of female peacebuilders with the necessary skills to become leaders in their own communities.
Orna Pickens, publicist
ORNA PICKENS is one of the industry’s most strategic and accomplished digital publicists, with deep roots online and an innovative approach to digital publicity and social media engagement. Over the past two decades, her digital strategies have contributed to the cultural and box office impact of some of the industry’s biggest blockbusters, award winners and breakout sleepers, encompassing comprehensive media engagement and pioneering activations on social media and at fan and moviegoer nerve centers around the world, such as Comic-Con and SXSW.
Michael Campo, Contributing Director & Writer
Co - Owner of Grassroots Films Inc. and CampCampo.com. Michael is responsible for award winning films such as The Human Experience, Child31, and the latest of his heart warming documentaries OUTCASTS. A writer, director, film maker and all around creative strategist Campo is also the writer and a producer on the 2015 SXSW audience choice for best documentary A Brave Heart- The Lizzie Velasquez Story. Married and a father of three, he’s currently working on a variety of new projects including a dramatic series, an animated children’s program as well as providing non profit organization emotionally engaging content for the web.
Jaclyn Touchstone, Designer
Jaclyn Touchstone is a graphic designer and artist who is passionate about working with organizations that empower women. She studied Photo Communications and Graphic Design at St. Edward’s University, and has worked with documentary photographers, filmmakers, and artists within Central Texas. Her personal photographic practice centers around the feminine experience, and she has shown work in numerous exhibitions and publications. As a designer, she specializes in conceptualizing brand identities and user experiences, and recently led brand development for Clinic Access Support Network, a non-profit striving to make women’s reproductive healthcare more accessible in Texas.