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WELCOME TO GLASSBREAKER FILMS

Glassbreaker Films, a project of The Center for Investigative Reporting, is an ambitious initiative to support women in documentary filmmaking. It was born out of CIR’s commitment to increase the representation of women in both filmmaking and investigative reporting, two industries in which they are remarkably underrepresented. Glassbreaker Films is supported by a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation and celebrates Gurley Brown’s spirit of innovation, independence and commitment to forceful storytelling.

The Glassbreaker Films initiative includes a documentary series directed by accomplished female filmmakers, a one-year fellowship for emerging female filmmakers, and a pilot training program for high school girls to learn video production and reporting skills.

Documentary Series

Documentary Series

The Glassbreaker series is a five-part documentary about women taking control, taking power, taking chances and breaking the mold, helmed by prominent women filmmakers.

Filmmakers-in-Residence

Filmmakers-in-Residence

The Filmmakers-in-Residence initiative is a program for early-career filmmakers. Three young women are chosen each year to spend in residency at The Center for Investigative Reporting.

BridgeUp: Film

BridgeUp: Film

The BridgeUp: Films program works with underserved areas, teaching high school girls how to shoot, edit and report and helping them to tell the stories important to their community.

RECENT NEWS

  • The 2017 BridgeUp: Film cohort premiered its short documentary films at The New Parkway Theater in Oakland, on May 24, 2017, in front of a packed house. The group of seven high school scholars had been shooting and editing the films for six weeks in preparation for......

  • Our own Penny Lane, who is directing a short documentary for the Glassbreaker Films initiative, has joined the ranks of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year, a record-breaking 774 new members were invited to join. Thirty-nine percent of these invitees are women.......

  • Dr. Jennifer Schneider lost her 31-year-old daughter, Jessica Wing, to colon cancer in 2003. To this day, Schneider wonders whether there was a link between her daughter being a three-time egg donor and the tumors that were eventually found on her ovaries and abdomen. But......