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Nov 3rd 2014

Remaining Films in AOL MAKERS Series Premiere - MAKERS: Women in Business and MAKERS: Women in Politics

Following the premiere of the fifth film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Business last week, the final film MAKERS: Women in Politics will premiere on Tuesday, November 4 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. The film profiles the long, slow fight for female political representation over the last century, from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013. The film is narrated by Alfre Woodard.
Trailblazing leaders like Hillary Clinton, Senator Barbara Mikulski,Olympia Snowe, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, provide a backdrop for younger women like Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim-American woman elected to the Michigan House. Today's leaders in Washington, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the first female Senator from Massachusetts, Susan Collins (R-ME), who led the Senate in shaping a deal to end the government shutdown, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), currently the youngest woman serving in Congress, are also represented.

A special screening of the film on MAKERS.com will take place on Wednesday, November 5 at 8pm ET. The film will then be available for streaming anytime on MAKERS.com.
Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.

Oct 21st 2014

Third Film in AOL MAKERS Series Premiers - MAKERS: Women in War

The fourth film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in War will premiere on Tuesday, October 21 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. This film looks at American women's increasing participation in war-from Vietnam to the present-as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. The film is narrated by International War Correspondent Christiane Amanpour.

Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was "outed" as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents like Molly Moore about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.

Christiane Amanpour will host a virtual screening of the film on Wednesday, October 22 at 8pm ET. The film will then be available for streaming anytime on MAKERS.com. The remaining films in the series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows:

•October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
•November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics

Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.

Oct 14th 2014

Third Film in AOL MAKERS Series Premiers - MAKERS: Women in Space

The third film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Space will premiere on Tuesday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. This film traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program and is narrated by Jodie Foster.

Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn't until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride's classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. The hour ends with the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts-the new group of pioneers, like Marleen Martinez, who continue to make small but significant steps forward.

Mae Jemison will host a virtual screening of the film on Wednesday, October 15 at 8pm ET. The film will then be available for streaming anytime on MAKERS.com. The remaining films in the series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows:

•October 21 | MAKERS: Women in War
•October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
•November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics

Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.

Oct 8th 2014

Second Film in AOL MAKERS Series Premieres - MAKERS: Women in Hollywood

The second film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Hollywood premiered this week on PBS. This film showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country's biggest commodities: entertainment.

Audiences hear from actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey's Anatomy and Scandal; screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who re-imagined the traditional Disney princess by making Belle (Beauty and the Beast) a self-possessed, strong-willed young woman; writer-director-actress Lena Dunham, who mines comedy and drama gold by exploring what it's really like to be a young woman today; and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close. The film is narrated by Julia Roberts.

The film will be available for streaming anytime after 8:00pm ET on MAKERS.com on Wednesday, October 8. The remaining films in the series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows:
  • October 14 | MAKERS: Women in Space
  • October 21 | MAKERS: Women in War
  • October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
  • November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics
Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.

Sep 12th 2013

VH1 Rock Doc, "DOWNLOADED," Streams Free Today on AOL

Today, we're excited to announce an AOL-first. We've acquired a feature film to stream for free on AOL On: VH1 rock doc Downloaded, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the monumental rise and fall of Napster.

Head to downloadeddoc.com to stream Downloaded, the critically acclaimed doc directed by Alex Winter. It will also be available through the AOL On app on mobile devices and TV, as well as AOL brand channels including Moviefone, Cambio, and Mandatory. You can find the film syndicated across the AOL On Network, AOL's premium network of publishers, including featured destination site's SPIN.com and VIBE.com.

Building on AOL On's position as the web's largest library of curated video content, AOL offers filmmakers a unique digital distribution model and the opportunity to release their films to the 100M consumers visiting AOL each month across its platforms. Taking into consideration the changing habits of viewers across different devices, AOL will provide multiple viewing experiences for Downloaded. Consumers will have the option to watch the film in seven distinct chapters or view it in its entirety, and will have access to new, exclusive bonus content. AOL will also offer live "add-ons" to the viewing experience tonight, such as the live chat with director Alex Winter and other special guests, which will allow for partners to drive real-time engagement with fans. In the past, AOL has similarly partnered on video content with other entertainment companies such as Sony, Discovery and Billboard.

Be sure to check out the social streaming at 6:30pm ET tonight: It will include live tweeting from the director Alex Winter, Cambio, VH1, Moviefone, Mandatory, Downloaded, Max Lugavere and other special guests.
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