Erin & Komal Named to Oprah’s SuperSoul100 List!

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NEW YORK, NY – On August 4, 2016, Oprah Winfrey Network honored Dream, Girl producers and filmmakers, Erin Bagwell and Komal Minhas in the inaugural SuperSoul 100 list.  This list features extraordinary individuals that live life intentionally, create great social impact, and bring inspiration to others.OW Picture - Komal & Erin 1

Erin and Komal stand alongside other notable SuperSoul honorees like Ava Duvernay (Director of Oscar nominated film, Selma), Arianna Huffington (Founder of The Huffington Post), Sophia Bush (Actor, Director, Board of Directors on the Girl Project), Blake Mycoskie (Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS), and Amy Purdy (Paralympic medalist snowboarder) to name a few. The SuperSoul honorees span all ages, ethnic groups, industries, and faiths, but come together because of their inspirational stories.

Erin’s soul story began unexpectedly when she was sexually harassed in the workplace. She decided to take a leap of faith and quit her 9 to 5 to live out her dream of becoming a filmmaker, and bringing the stories of real women to the screen. She started a Kickstarter campaign to fund Dream, Girl and raised over $100,000 in 30 days. Komal saw the campaign and knew she had to be a part of it. She signed on to be a producer and to create an innovative distribution strategy that disrupts the way films are traditionally released.

Komal and Erin with their fellow #SuperSoul100 Creatives. Including Nate Parker, Prince EA, Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, Ingrid Nilsen, India.Arie, Luvvie, Gina Rodriguez, Ava DuVernay, and more.

Business partners and fierce feminists, these two are ready to take on Hollywood’s gender gap one impactful film at a time. Dream, Girl held a private screening at The White House and sold out their world premiere at the Paris Theatre in NYC. Huffington Post named Dream, Girl the number one “Feminist Film To Watch” and Upworthy called it “the film every little girl (and grown up girl, too) should see.”

With the help of an all-female crew, Dream, Girl tells the stories of five women entrepreneurs from all different industries. Their mission with the film is to empower leaders across generations and highlight the power of the female economy. 

Erin and Komal know that any great cultural shift starts with taking women seriously and they hope to inspire women everywhere to own their power and follow their dreams.

Dream, Girl can be seen through hosted community screenings across the country, and Erin and Komal plan to spend the next year bringing the film and its message to events around the world, visit www.dreamgirlfilm.com/host to find out more. 

For more information about the SuperSoul100 list, go to http://www.supersoul.tv/supersoul-100Followers can participate and help spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets using the hashtags #dreamgirlfilm, and #SuperSoul100.

Please contact erin@dreamgirlfilm.com with any questions. For press photos, click here.

Dream, Girl Screened at the White House

Hello Dreamers,

Komal and I have been “power dreaming” since the ideation of this film. We are always thinking about the next step, the next goals to hit, and the next big moments to work towards. We are fuelled by feminism, coffee, and lots and lots of audacious dreams.

However there are some moments in your life, like premiering your first film at the White House, that you can’t truly imagine manifesting. You can put that post-it note on your vision board, and work like hell to make the best film possible. But when you are sitting in the South Court Auditorium, sweating profusely while squeezing your mother’s hand as the lights go dim and your film begins, you can’t imagine it’s actually happening. You are just straight up existing, breathing, and thankful to be alive – crossing all your fingers and toes that the movie plays seamlessly and that you hit a couple of people in the heart with your message. This past weekend we had one of those perfect days you can’t even imagine happening – when we premiered Dream, Girl at the White House.

Komal and I are so beyond grateful to have worked with The White House Council on Women and Girls & The National Women’s Business Council to have made this screening possible. We also want to thank our family, friends, crew, and cast of the film for making this screening one of the most memorable days of our lives. It means the world to us to have you by our sides, and we thank you for your amazing support and dedication to Dream, Girl.

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Dream, Girl Producers & Cast: Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Crista Freeman, Amanda Goetz, Suzanne West, Erin Bagwell, Komal Minhas, Annie Wang, Mariama Camara, Clara Villarosa, Linda Villarosa, Alicia Villarosa, Bous de Jong.

With our first screening officially complete, we feel the power of the movement building and know our mission to ignite women and girl’s leadership is just getting started!

Click here to see our first batch of screenings in the US, Canada, and New Zealand.

Click here to get tickets to the Dream, Girl World Premiere June 9th, 2016 at the Paris Theater in NYC while you still can!

The Best Year of My Life

Hello Dreamers,

As 2015 comes to an end, the Dream, Girl team and I have been riding on an aura of gratitude, appreciation, and awe. When I look back on this year and all we accomplished to get us one step closer to releasing the film, I feel speechless.

But my heart was not always this full of girl power.

In the summer of 2013 I met Julie Sygiel, the founder of Dear Kate on Instagram. She was running a feminist underwear company and we did an interview about her on my blog. When I met her in person, I was struck by her confidence, passion for business, and her age (she was the same age as me!). I had never met a female founder that was so successful and I was in awe of her in every way.

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NYMag, Levo 100, RED Magazine and more!

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Komal here! While Erin has been in creative hibernation mode working on finishing the film, I’ve been neck-deep in distribution prep. But that hasn’t stopped our amazing supporters from shouting from the rooftops about Dream, Girl, amplifying our message to uplift and empower. Check out some amazing stories about Dream, Girl in the news here:

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1 Year Kickstarter Anniversary

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It’s the end of the summer and we are so excited to share some official Dream, Girl announcements with you. First of all this September marks our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY on Kickstarter! Woohoo! Just one year ago you funded our campaign and put this movement in motion! Check out this blog post I wrote for Feminist Wednesday on what it was like to be funded here.

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Clinique Smart Ideas in Partnership with TED Featuring Dream, Girl

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Hi Dreamers!

There have been a number of really surreal moments on the Dream, Girl journey- our first day on set, releasing the brand new trailer, moving into our editing suite – but one of the biggest compliments we have ever received is when Clinique & TED called and asked us to share our story.

 

 

Now most of you are my favorite people of all time (our Kickstarter backers), and have seen so much of the backstory, but for our new friends following the Dream, Girl journey, you joined the ride as the film has been in motion. And while we are always dreaming big, our roots and this story begin way before a Kickstarter campaign. It begins with a dream. So when we were asked to reflect on that story and share it in video for these two powerhouse brands surreal isn’t even the best word to describe it — it was more like unreal. Komal and I just kept giggling and looking at each other like “can you believe this is happening?”

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Dream, Girl at TEDWomen

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Hello Dreamers

 

Did you see Komal at the Cannes Film Festival walking the red carpet! Ahhhh! She looked like such a goddess! Check out all the photos from Cannes here, and stay tuned for the link to her panel on women game changers in media hosted by HP coming soon!

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Dream, Girl at Cannes

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Greetings Dreamers!

The past few months have been such an exciting whirlwind – I have so much to tell you! After the launch of our trailer last March we have been deep into editing-mode and dreaming big about our world premiere in the fall. We have started strategizing our tour for the film – and if you are interested in seeing Dream, Girl play at a theater or organization near you please don’t hesitate to reach out to screenings@dreamgirlfilm.com to learn how you can host your own event for the film.

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Dream, Girl Featured in Forbes

“When Bagwell faced verbal harassment at work, her self-esteem and confidence were eroded. When she looked in the media for examples of women who had handled similar challenges, she found stories that, like the photo-shopped images accompanying them, glossed over real-world struggles. She wanted role models she could identify with, not perfect people but real people. So she searched for women who had overcome obstacles. Their stories inspired Bagwell, gave her self-confidence and the strength to pursue her own dreams. She wanted to share their stories with other women so they, too, could be inspired.”

Read the full article on Forbes by Geri Stengel here!