About

“Seeing is Believing: Women Direct” is a documentary series about women directors.

This documentary series invites viewers into a bracing and intimate conversation with women who are on the front lines of the film and television directing field.  Major award winners, game-changers and frustrated auteurs share what it’s like to be on the front lines of the film and television directing field.  Considering all aspects of the directing experience for women, we  learn how and why each remarkable woman successfully drives through creative, cultural, and professional obstacles in a deeply challenging profession.
This film series offers a “peer to peer mentorship” for anyone (of any gender) looking for guidance and real world experience as they pursue their dreams of becoming a visual storyteller.

This series is Executive Produced by Leah Meyerhoff and Cady McClain.

The nearly 50 interviewees include Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane), John Wells (ER, West Wing), Meera Menon (Nora Ephron Prize, Equity), Lesli Linka Glatter (EP/Director, Homeland), Leah Meyerhoff (Founder Film Fatales, I Believe in Unicorns), Betty Thomas (the highest grossing female director, The Brady Bunch Movie, John Tucker Must Die), Marianna Palka (Edinburgh Winner, Sundance: Good Dick), Bethany Rooney (200+ episodes of primetime TV, head of DGA Women’s Steering Committee, and co-author of Directors Tell the Story), Deborah Del Prete (Producer, Ender’s Game, The Wedding Planner), and trailblazers like Lizzie Borden (Born In Flames, Working Girls), two time Oscar-winner Sarah Kernochan (Marjoe), Emmy-winner Anne Makepeace (I. M. Pei: Building China Modern, Robert Capa in Love and War), Carla Garapedian (BBC documentary filmmaker, Screamers), blacklisted Oscar-winning actress turned Oscar-winning director Lee Grant, and many more.

The film is fiscally sponsored by The Film Collaborative (“Cameraperson,” “Armor of Light,” “Tab Hunter Confidential”) so any donation you feel inspired to give is fully tax deductible through their not-for-profit status.

We’d love to stay in touch! Please fill out the form below and we will keep you in the loop on every step of this project. Meanwhile, join us on Facebook or join director Cady McClain on Twitter!

“Seeing is Believing: Women Direct” is proud to be fighting alongside The Directors List and The Chimaera Project (a not-for-profit offering funding and support for emerging women directors) to create more opportunities for women who direct. In that spirit we have donated 3% of our original crowdfunding drive to The Chimaera Project.

Cady is a proud member of the Alliance for Women Directors, Film Fatales, and Women in Film LA.

Legal services provided by Donaldson and Kallif. Produced by Devil in the Machine Productions.

(Image above by animator and artist Xaviera Lopez)