Women of the World, Independent Lens
One woman’s mission for peace in her country beset by genocidal violence shows a story of forgiveness, hope, and the joy of family life.
The experiences of dozen American citizens over the course of 24 hours on November 2, 2004 offer rare insight into a hallowed American ritual.
Katy Chevigny is a documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur, and nonprofit manager. Chevigny founded Arts Engine and its predecessor Big Mouth Productions. In 2000, Chevigny launched MediaRights.org, a “knowledge commons” for filmmakers, activists, educators, and the general public. The site was awarded the… South by Southwest Interactive Media Festival’s Best Green/Nonprofit Business Website in 2005. As a film director, Chevigny recently directed the film Election Day (2007), which premiered at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in March 2007 and was broadcast on public television by P.O.V. on July 1, 2008. Chevigny also co-directed Deadline (2004), an Emmy-nominated documentary about the dramatic events that took place in Illinois in 2003 concerning capital punishment. The film aired on NBC in July 2004 and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won a CINE Golden Eagle Grand Jury Award and the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award. Chevigny has produced many award-winning documentaries at Arts Engine, including: Arctic Son, Journey to the West: Chinese Medicine Today, Nuyorican Dream, Innocent Until Proven Guilty and Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America.
On November 2, 2004, millions of Americans put the world's most famous democracy to the test at polling places across the country. Election Day follows a dozen of these citizens — from the plains of South Dakota to the palm trees of southern Florida — over the course of 24 hours. Uplifting yet troubling, their experiences offer rare insight into a hallowed American ritual.