THE DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASING THE STORIES OF INSPIRING AND AMBITIOUS FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS
We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story?
From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader.
Dream, Girl premiered in May 2016 at the White House and is available for public screenings globally now.
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Dream Big. Dream, Girl.
IT BEGAN WITH A DREAM.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2014 I DECIDED TO CHASE MY DREAM OF CREATING A FEATURE LENGTH FILM.
Hi- I’m Erin Bagwell the director of Dream, Girl. But before I was a director I was stuck at a job I hated. I remember walking home from the Barclays center in Brooklyn with my husband, crying about how much I hated my day job. I was working 9 to 5 as an interactive designer for a company where I was being sexually harassed, feeling depleted by the doldrums of corporate culture, and frustrated with where my career was going. I wanted more with my life. At the time I was working on Feminist Wednesday, my feminist storytelling blog. I was finding real inspiration through the blog, interviewing and sharing women’s stories. But working on it after hours and in between my job wasn’t enough. My day job was suffocating me and I had to get out.
So walking home that cold winter night I decided to take the leap, quit my job, and launch myself into the total unknown. All I knew was that I wanted to work on uplifting and sharing women’s stories full time. What I didn’t know was that after that decision my life would change forever.
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Sitting in my living room having coffee one unemployed morning after that big decision another light bulb went on, it said: “documentary: female entrepreneurs”. I produced a 34 minute documentary in college my senior year and I always wanted to produce a feature length film. Because I had met so many female entrepreneurs through Feminist Wednesday I knew I could put that story together on film.
I knew the initial struggle of wanting to do it yourself, and I always wanted to start my own company. So I put together a Kickstarter campaign with a trailer of the film I wanted to produce. That trailer, thanks to lots of coffee, networking events, meetings, and Marie Forleo raised over $100K. Then things got really crazy.
Over the last three years I hired an all female crew, met my production partner Komal Minhas, interviewed over a dozen entrepreneurs, pitched my first angel investor, and in May of 2016 we premiered Dream, Girl at the White House.
Since then the film has been hosted at 250 screening events in over 40 different countries.
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THE DREAM, GIRL JOURNEY:
At the tail end of 2016, Komal Minhas (Dream, Girl Producer) and I reflect on a year that not only launched our first feature-length film, but brought together a community of female entrepreneurs that sparked a movement. From meeting through Kickstarter to touring with the documentary across North America, we chat about the tremendous ups (and downs!) of the Dream, Girl journey and share our dreams for the year ahead.
MEET OUR FANS:
To celebrate Dream, Girl’s 1 year anniversary we asked fans around the world what the film means to them. Over the past year the film has been hosted at 250 screening events in over 40 different countries. See why Dream, Girl is inspiring women globally in our brand new fan video. Interested in bringing the film to your community? Click here to learn more!