Baptizing Feminism is an independent documentary being produced by Big Voice Pictures, a production and distribution company focusing on meaningful films that transform, enlighten, and engage audiences worldwide. The film is produced in partnership with The International Documentary Association, a leading organization whose mission supports talented documentary filmmakers, and furthers the art of the documentary.
The team at Big Voice Pictures produce quality productions, while distributing both documentaries and independent feature films across the globe. As social change advocates, their team is passionate about creating dynamic media engagement campaigns for raising awareness and motivating community dialog about controversial and social issues, and utilizing films for social change.
Through their fiscal sponsorship program,The International Documentary Association has helped hundreds of independent documentaries, including numerous Academy Award-winning films which may otherwise have been unable to secure funding, get funded and finished through supporting filmmakers in seeking foundation grants and tax-deductible donations.
Executive Producer and Producer/Director
Kathy Barbini, founder of Big Voice Pictures, and producer/director, is an independent documentary and award-winning television producer. She also creates and manages outreach campaigns for social issue films.
Her independent documentaries have been funded by leading foundations including The Eastman Kodak Foundation, The Global Ministries Foundation, and the Pioneer Fund, and distributed internationally. She is producer/director of Big Voice Pictures’ recent film, Boys and Men Healing produced in association with The International Documentary Association. The film was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, screened at the U.S. Department of Justice, in leading child abuse prevention and family violence conferences and in hundreds of communities and universities worldwide with panel discussions, including three screenings at Penn State University during the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The film is currently being utilized for education, training and prevention by thousands of organizations internationally in the United States, Canada, England, Cambodia, Israel, Spain, Argentina, and other countries, and was a key tool in helping start an awareness raising movement internationally about the problem of male childhood sexual abuse.
Ms. Barbini’s first independent documentary, The Healing Years, endorsed by Maya Angelou and leaders in the field, became an acclaimed film in the field of women’s issues and child abuse prevention. The film, utilized for training and education in thousands of organizations internationally, was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide and screened in international film festivals and leading conferences internationally. Lifetime Television and The Times Square Project, a public awareness initiative emphasizing the importance of joining together to stop violence against women, awarded Ms. Barbini with recognition for helping end violence against women. Recipients of past salutes include writer and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Prior to founding Big Voice Pictures, Ms. Barbini worked as as a producer for The Discovery Channel’s ACE-award winning educational documentary series Assignment Discovery. She was nominated for an ACE-Award for MTV Networks for a year-end special featuring socially conscious entertainers and music artists making an impact in the world. Ms. Barbini also produced media for political media consultants, and was an associate producer on a prime-time Presidential election-eve special broadcast on ABC, NBC and CBS. Additionally, as Project Director for HBO’s national screening tour of the Emmy Award-winning documentary Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam, she organized national fundraising screenings to benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America. Ms. Barbini started her early career working on leading magazine programs for ABC and NBC News.
Ms. Barbini recently produced Pursuit of Truth, an award-winning educational documentary about abuse survivors seeking justice for Vertigo Charitable Foundation. Her films, television productions and outreach illustrate her commitment raising awareness about important social issues.
Co-Producer, Marketing, Distribution and Outreach Director
Simon Weinberg, co-owner of Big Voice Pictures, is an expert marketer, distributor, and outreach strategist for social issue documentaries and independent features. He is also Co-producer for Boys and Men Healing. Additionally, he is a key note and motivational speaker at leading conferences and for the military.
Simon creates and manages release strategies for Big Voice Pictures’ projects including: theatrical and online distribution, exhibition, ancillary, educational distribution, film festivals, word of mouth promotion, television broadcasts publicity, media buying, and grassroots and national outreach strategies. He’s currently assisting in the distribution of a theatrical release of a motion picture film about the Holocaust featuring Ben Kingsley. He also distributes Big Voice Pictures’ films to organizations, libraries, universities, counseling centers, correctional facilities, military bases and churches world wide.
Additionally, he creates dynamic educational outreach campaigns for Big Voice Pictures’ films, organizing hundreds of community screenings and panel discussion at universities and leading conferences internationally, and forging collaborative partnerships with social issue organizations, law makers and influencers to initiate positive and lasting social change on important issues.
Big Voice Pictures’ films and events have been featured in hundreds of articles, blogs, and film reviews, and have been covered on numerous local television and radio programs throughout the nation. Simon has appeared on many television and radio programs, and has developed key relationships with reporters and producers throughout national media.
His early career included marketing, media relations and fundraising for leading environmental organizations. This included creating environmental awareness campaigns through radio, television, events and print, and working collaboratively with leading national organizations to raise thousands of dollars for environmental causes.
Dana Kupper is an accomplished cinematographer of feature documentaries traveling the world to tell stories, and is winner of the Sundance Film Award for Excellence in Cinematography for the acclaimed, ‘Stevie’ produced by documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams). Additionally she was cinematographer for James’, Life Itself, a theatrical release about the life and career of renowned film critic Robert Ebert, garnering 22 Awards, including a Cinema Eye Honors Award, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics, Producer’s Guild, Women Film Critics Circle Award. She is also an Associate at the Kartemquin Films, a highly respected media arts organization that received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Dana has also served a lead cinematographer for acclaimed television series and for documentaries for Independent Lens, Al Jazerra America, Frontline and POV. Adjunct faculty at Columbia College teaching the art and science of cinematography, especially the cutting edge of digital technology. She has traveled to over 12 different countries around the world to film, including Singapore, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nepal and 3 trips to Africa.
Named on IndieWire as one of the leading Female Cinematographers You Should know About, and as “One of Chicago’s 50 Screen Gems”, we’re grateful for Dana’s artistic ability to capture real life on screen, and for being a key member of our production team.
Kenji Yamamoto is an independent filmmaker and editor whose work has won many awards and has screened worldwide. Kenji edited the documentary Radical Grace, directed by Rebecca Parrish, which won an Audience Favorite Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival, where it premiered, and also won Best of Fest at the AFI Film Festival. Additionally, Kenji edited New Muslim Cool, directed by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor. After being accepted into the prestigious Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab, Cool premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, won the Freedom Award at the Al Jazeera International Film Festival, and aired nationally on the PBS POV series. Kenji also edited the documentary States of Grace, directed by Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman, which received audience favorite awards at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, and Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals.
As part of Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, he produced and edited the acclaimed California Humanities–funded documentary Rebels with a Cause, which explored how the Northern California coast was saved from development. Rebels screened in many film festivals, won an Audience Favorite Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival, received theatrical distribution in seventeen states (including a remarkable eleven-week run at the Rafael Film Center in California), had extensive screenings in community settings, and aired on public television stations nationwide. The initial broadcasts of Rebels were so well received that American Public Television plans to extend the broadcast license beyond 2017. Yamamoto also produced and edited a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: Downside UP, which aired on the PBS Independent Lens series and internationally on the on the ITVS series True Stories: Life in the USA; Smitten, which won many film festival awards and aired as a PBS Primetime special; and Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives, which won several film festival awards and aired on the PBS World America ReFramed series. He also produced and edited the critically acclaimed narrative feature Thousand Pieces of Gold, the story of a young Chinese woman who comes to America during the gold rush as a slave, which was developed through the Sundance Institute, was released theatrically in the United States, aired on the PBS American Playhouse series, and was broadcast worldwide.
Claudia Lopez has worked for over a decade on leading documentaries and broadcast programs as an archivist and researcher, including projects for The Documentary Group, Steven David Entertainment, National Geographic, AMC, Vice Media, and on leading national programs for NBC. She works with leading vendors to license archival materials within the US and abroad, in English and Spanish, while managing and negotiating rights and clearances for a wide range of programming including historical, educational and contemporary issue documentaries and several issue oriented mini-series. She recently worked as an archival producer on Woman with Gloria Steinam, including episodes: DRC: Rape as a Weapon of War,USA: Mothers Behind Bars, Zabia: Child Brides, and USA: Assault in the Military.
Theresa Beauchamp has worked for decades on a state and national level supporting legislation for woman’s rights. She was awarded the Beyond War Award by President Ronald Reagan for her service in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa. Inspired by the strength of the women of Senegal, despite their limited access to women’s health care, she began the study of medicine, and is currently a Physician Assistant in family medicine with a special interest in women’s health issues. She received her Master University of California at Los Angeles. Her thesis examined the role of Kikuyu women in development in Kenya, East Africa. She also has a keen interest in religious studies.
Eddie Barbini is an Academy Award-winning producer of the documentary, Twin Towers, a film about the officers of the Harlem-based NYPD Emergency Service Unit among the first to answer the call for help on 9/1. He is also a three time Emmy-nominated Producer/Director and Executive Producer of scripted and non-scripted television, independent features and docu-reality programming. As a director, Eddie’s accomplishments include two independent feature films, five movies for the CIA and over five hundred recreations for shows for television. He’s credits include Executive Producing over two thousand hours of national television series. He currentl has several projects in development for several television networks, including a series with History Channel and a scripted series with Morgan Freeman’s Revelations.
Theatrical Release Consultant
Ira Miller will be guiding us with Theatrical Distribution. Ira is President of four motion picture theaters in Baltimore, MD. He is long-time professional film booker for, division manager, sales manager, head film buyer and marketing manager for motion picture theaters. Ira was Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Exhibitor Relations for MGM Motion Picture Company for over ten years.