About the film
SURGE is a feature documentary about the record number of first-time female candidates running for office in 2018. The film follows a diverse group of women on their journey to Election Day in November. SURGE explores the historic cultural moment we're in, where more than 20,000 women have raised their hands and shown interest in seeking office. We look at how the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have further fueled the momentum of an extraordinary "pink wave" of female candidates. The film takes a up-close perspective on the experience of women seeking elected office, and yes, it's different from the men. SURGE examines the roadblocks to what's held women back, what's now propelling them forward and explores all of the hurdles female candidates still face. Tired of being ignored, angered by current policies, and concerned about the future of the country, women are stepping up and running to win.
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 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 accalimed 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.