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SPECIAL SCREENINGS

RADIUM GIRLS

Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler
FEATURE NARRATIVE 102 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE RADIUM GIRLS
Based on true events of the late ’20s, teenage sisters Bessie and Jo dream of faraway places while they paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium Factory in New Jersey. When Jo becomes ill, a larger, darker truth begins to emerge: She is not the first girl in the radium factory to become unwell. Bessie fights not only for her sister, but also for the rest of the women around her; she becomes a powerful advocate as she risks everything to stand up to the corporation that provides her family's livelihood.

Radium Girls is a celebration of everyday women finding their strength in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler co-direct a standout film that explores what it takes to piece together the small elements of wrongdoing in order to understand the scope of a larger injustice and, ultimately, fight against the system, when life's odds are stacked against you.

—Mara Webster

After the premiere screening: please join filmmakers Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler along with former EPA official Dr. Betsy Southerland in a discussion about the film and how the early organization of the women's movement empowered the Radium Girls to speak out. Their story reflects the strong history of women taking the lead in social reform addressing issues around industrialization, science, consumer health, and institutional corruption. Hosted by the Tribeca Film Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Drama, Environmental, Female Director(s), NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Female Screenwriter(s), Tribeca Film Festival Alumni, Tribeca Film Institute Alumni
About the Director(s)
Two-time Emmy® winner Lydia Pilcher is a film and television producer whose credits include Queen of Katwe, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Cutie and the Boxer, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award®.Ginny Mohler is a Brooklyn-based writer and director who cultivated a passion for telling stories about unknown women’s histories as a result of her work writing and researching nonfiction television. Radium Girls is her directorial debut.
Panelists

Lydia Dean Pilcher

Lydia Dean Pilcher is a founder of Cine Mosaic, a New York based production company specializing in international co-productions with expertise in the US, Europe, India, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East. She is inspired by themes of cultural perception and social justice, and has produced over 35 feature films, most recently The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for HBO Films, and the upcoming feature, Radium Girls, which she produced and co-directed with Ginny Mohler. Pilcher is a longtime environmental activist and believer in the power of stories to create change.

Ginny Mohler

Ginny Mohler is a Brooklyn-based writer and director. Radium Girls is her debut feature film. Her work as a writer, producer and researcher in nonfiction television has fueled her passion for untold history and her commitment to telling the true stories of women who fight back. She discovered the story of the Radium Girls in 2012 while working on a documentary about the Manhattan Project alongside co-writer Brittany Shaw. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Dr. Betsy Southerland

Dr. Elizabeth Southerland has a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech. For over 30 years, she was a scientist/manager in USEPA before retiring in July 2017. Since retirement she has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration repeal of public health and safety rules and dismantling of the USEPA.


Film Info
  • Section:
    Special Screenings
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    102 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Lydia Dean Pilcher, Ginny Mohler
  • Producer:
    Lydia Dean Pilcher, Emily McEvoy
  • Screenwriter:
    Ginny Mohler, Brittany Shaw
  • Cinematographer:
    Mathieu Plainfosse
  • Editor:
    Giacomo Ambrosini
  • Composer:
    Lillie McDonough
  • Executive Producer:
    Lily Tomlin, Harriet Newman Leve, Jane Wagner, Jayne Baron Sherman, Willette Klausner
  • Costume Designer:
    Sylvia Grieser
  • Cast:
    Joey King, Abby Quinn, Cara Seymour, Scott Shepherd, Colby Minifie, Olivia Macklin
  • Production Designer:
    Emmeline E. Wilks-Dupoise

Contacts
  • International Sales Contact
    Emily McEvoy
    Cine Mosaic
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 734 904 3262
    emily.r.mcevoy@gmail.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Emily McEvoy
    Cine Mosaic
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 734 904 3262
    emily.r.mcevoy@gmail.com
  • Press Contact
    Emily McEvoy
    Cine Mosaic
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 734 904 3262
    emily.r.mcevoy@gmail.com
  • Print Source
    Emily McEvoy
    Cine Mosaic
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 734 904 3262
    emily.r.mcevoy@gmail.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Lydia Dean Pilcher
    Cine Mosaic, Inc.
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 212 625 3797
    ldp@cinemosaic.net
  • Print Source
    Lydia Dean Pilcher
    Cine Mosaic, Inc.
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 212 625 3797
    ldp@cinemosaic.net
  • US Sales Contact
    Lydia Dean Pilcher
    Cine Mosaic, Inc.
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 212 625 3797
    ldp@cinemosaic.net

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