Breaking the News

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

FEATURE | United States | 99 MINUTES | English |


Women, Documentary, LGBTQIA+, Politics, Journalism

As Donald Trump was getting sworn in as President and the Women’s March set an angry, outspoken tone for the country’s discourse, journalist Emily Ramshaw decided to meet the moment by launching The 19th. Named after the Nineteenth Amendment, The 19th became the first nonprofit, nonpartisan news agency in the United States. Its mission is to focus on the impact of national politics and policy on women. However, by the time Emily and co-founder Amanda Zamora had secured funding and officially launched The 19th’s news site, the pandemic hit — and the very fabric of society went into a tailspin.

Breaking the News immerses its audience in the lives and steadfast pursuits of the members of The 19th — women and LGBTQ+ journalists — as they struggle to launch the agency and work to gain traction for their newsroom amidst shuttered news outlets and an upended America. With spirited storytelling, the directorial trio of Heather Courtney, Princess A. Hairston, and Chelsea Hernandez provide an inquisitive and dynamic view into the inner workings of this news agency as its journalists disrupt entrenched biases and push for accountability.––Jose Rodriguez

In Person

Thu June 08 - 5:30 PM
Closed Captions available

Fri June 09 - 6:30 PM
Closed Captions available

Sun June 11 - 12:00 PM
Closed Captions available

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Directed by Heather Courtney, Princess A. Hairston, and Chelsea Hernandez

Heather Courtney, Princess A. Hairston, Chelsea Hernandez
Diane Quon, Heather Courtney, Princess A. Hairston, Chelsea Hernandez
Jamie Boyle
Heather Courtney, Chelsea Hernandez, Princess A. Hairston
Gil Talmi, Meredith Ezinma Ramsay
Jamie Boyle, Kristina Motwani
Executive Producer
Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson, Jacqueline Olive, Nico Opper, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen, Bill and Ruth Ann Harnisch, Melony and Adam Lewis, Ken Pelletier, and Shizuka Asakawa


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