About the film
SURGE is a feature documentary about this extraordinary moment, where a record number of first-time female candidates are running for office in 2018. Tired of being ignored, angered by current government policies, and anxious about the future of America, more than 20,000 women have stepped forward and are running to win. "I see women waking up like I've never seen them awakened before, " says Patti Russo, executive director of the Women's Campaign School at Yale. SURGE follows several of these women from Texas, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida on their exhaustive and exhilarating journeys to flip their districts blue on Election Day. Diverse in age, ethnicity and background, these candidates face similar uphill battles to raise money, beat incumbents and create history. SURGE explores the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that fueled a wave of candidates and gave a collective sense of urgency to the 2018 election.
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About the filmmakers
Hannah is a filmmaker, producer and writer. She is President of Intention Media Inc., a social issue media company based in NYC. Since serving as Hillary Clinton's personal videographer for her 2007-2008 campaign, she has produced dozens of TV ads and digital videos for women candidates. She produced the award-winning PUPPET film, which premiered at DOC NYC and was distributed on Netflix, iTunes and Sundance Selects. In 2017, she was awarded a JustFilms Fellowship from the Ford Foundation and the Rockwood Leadership Institute.
Wendy is a modern multi-hyphenate. A passionate storyteller, writer and sought-after speaker, Wendy is an Emmy award-winning network television producer (Dateline NBC, CNN, FOX), former Capitol Hill press secretary, editor-in-chief of Care.com, media relations executive, and the author of two critically acclaimed books FEARLESS and FREE— How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers and HOW SHE REALLY DOES IT: Secrets of Successful Stay-at-Work Moms. Wendy has been recognized by MAKERS and was also named in 2017 on Forbes.com as a "40 Over 40 Woman to Watch."
Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, an actor, an activist, and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer. Most recently, she was the Executive Video Producer/Director for GLAMOUR Women of the Year and Planned Parenthood. She has produced work by Gabri Christa, Chiara Clemente, Liz Garbus, Catherine Gund, Hannah Rosenzweig, Mickalene Thomas, Le Tigre and Laura Parnes, and Carrie Mae Weems; and her films have played on HBO, IFC, PBS, Starz, and the Sundance Channel and premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, and SXSW festivals, among others. She is the author of THE BIG LIE: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock.