May 10,2010 – Winner of the Judy F. Crichton Award
‘Behind Closed Doors’ wins the Judy F. Crichton Award in May 2010 for the best documentary project at Columbia University’s Graduate Journalism School!
The Judy F. Crichton Award is named in commemoration of the former duPont-Columbia Awards juror, who during her career served as one of the first female documentary producers at CBS Reports; and who became the founding Executive Producer of PBS’ show, the American Experience. It honors the student documentary work that most encapsulizes Judy’s ideals of hard-hitting journalism, long-form narrative storytelling, and historical perspective on issues of concern to American culture and history.
Official Selection! – February 9, 2010
As of February 2010, Brown Girls Productions and their film Behind Closed Doors has been selected for three film festivals: the Women’s International Film Festival, the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival and the Los Angeles International Women’s Film Festival. We will be screening at these festivals in late March and early April.
UN SCREENING ON MARCH 11,2010:
W&L Alumna’s Film Chosen for Festival- February 3, 2010
As a graduate student in the Columbia University Journalism School in 2009, Jessica Hopper, a 2008 Washington and Lee graduate, joined forces with Columbia classmate Pracheta Sharma to form a film company called Brown Girls Production. Now, they are celebrating their first film’s selection for screening at this year’s Women’s International Film Festival (WIFF). “Behind Closed Doors” is a documentary about labor trafficking of South Asian women as domestic workers in the United States. The filmmakers received a $1,000 grant from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences towards the film’s produciton. “Behind Closed Doors” is one of 80 films selected to be shown between March 26 and April 2 at the festival in Miami, Fla.You can see a trailer of the film here on the production company’s Web site. Jessica was the recipient in 2009 of the Charles Gibson Fellowship at ABC News and currently works as a Desk Assistant for ABC Weekend News. She has also interned at both the Tampa Tribune and Miami Herald.
Alums’ Film ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Selected For Film Festival– January 25, 2010
Pracheta Sharma ’09 and Jessica Hopper ’09 are reveling in the fact that their film, “Behind Closed Doors,” has been selected for screening at this year’s Women’s International Film Festival (WIFF).
Sharma and Hopper formed Brown Girls Productions after graduating, and “Behind Closed Doors,” a film about labor trafficking of South Asian women as domestic workers in the United States, is their first production.
Last summer, they received a $1,000 grant from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences towards the production of this film. It is one of 80 films selected to be shown between March 26 and April 2 at the festival in Miami, Fla.
WIFF is a unique, cultural event featuring films, visual and performance arts and other artistic expressions by women. The events bring together women from all over the world to explore, share and dialogue about issues concerning women through arts. They believe the images of women on film directly effect how women are perceived, valued and treated in society.
Students Awarded TV Academy Grants – July 28, 2009
Jessica Hopper ’09 and Pracheta Sharma ’09 were awarded $1,000 for “Bonded,” a film about labor trafficking of South Asian women as domestic workers in United States.