Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct is a documentary film that emphasizes the opportunity for women to use their voice through media to change the social and political landscape and achieve full equality. Focusing on inspiring and uplifting young female storytellers through the mentorship and leadership of four diverse directors, Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct opens the conversation up to ask "What is the broader role of storytelling in our society and how can women use filmed media as a unique opportunity to catalyze progress?" The film is additionally bolstered by important insights from male and female-identifying filmmakers to show how collaboration, rather than oppression, can incentivize all genders to connect to our shared human experience. Featuring Lesli Linka Glatter (EP/Director: Homeland), Sarah Gavron (Director: Suffragette, Brick Lane), Li Lu (Director: There is a New World Somewhere, A Town Called Victoria) and Naima Ramos-Chapman (Director: HBO's Random Acts of Flyness); with additional commentary from Kimberly Peirce (Director: Boys Don’t Cry), Bethany Rooney (EP/Director: CBS’s Bull, Writer: The Director Tells the Story), Deborah Riley Draper (Director: Olympic Pride, American Prejudice), Lizzie Borden (Director: Born in Flames), John Wells (Producer/Director: ER, Third Watch), Deborah Del Prete (Producer: Ender’s Game, The Spirit), two-time Oscar Winner Sarah Kernochan (Director: Thoth, Marjoe, Strike!) and more.
- Winner Best Documentary at the 2019 Artemis Women in Action Film Festival
- Audience Award Winner at the 2017 SOHO International Film Festival
- Jury Prize at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival
- Official Selection at the Academy Award qualifying 2018 Heartland International Film Festival
- Official Selection 2017 St Louis International Film Festival
- Official Selection 2018 Sedona International Film Festival
- Official Selection 2018 High Falls Film Festival
“An intensively inspiring and informative documentary that should be on any aspiring filmmakers must-watch list.” – Ms. in the Biz
“Cady McClain’s documentary soars.” “… it is a breath of fresh air.” “…an inspiring watch.” – Zeke Film Review
“An informative, entertaining film that should be considered ‘must-see’ viewing for any up-and-coming filmmakers.” – The Independent Film Review
About the filmmaker
Cady McClain is a 2-time Emmy Award-winning actor, filmmaker, musician, and writer whose professional career spans more than 30 years. Her credits include studio and independent films, network and cable television, New Media, Off-Broadway theater, and performance art.
In September 2017, McClain was awarded by the Association of Women in Communications with the illustrious International Matrix Award. Previous recipients include Ann Curry, Jane Pauley, Judy Woodruff, and Christiane Amanpour. Ms. McClain is very honored and humbled to be included with such an illustrious group of groundbreaking women.