Introductions Necessary



Now airing season two celebrating women working "above the line" in film and television.


  • Kathleen Collins

    Kathleen Collins

    13/03/2017 Duração: 06min

    Kathleen Collins deserves respect for managing to produce her feature film Losing Ground even before you consider that she achieved this in 1982 as an independent filmmaker.  But what earns her place in history is that when she wrote and directed Losing Ground, she was one of the first African-American women to produce a feature+ Read More

  • Amy Heckerling

    Amy Heckerling

    27/02/2017 Duração: 08min

    Sometimes, a director makes a film that becomes engrained in the culture of a generation.  It affects the slang, the fashion, and the attitude of popular culture.  They launch superstar careers, images from the film become iconic, and scenes are parodied for decades to come.  And in very rare cases, one director manages to repeat+ Read More

  • Penelope Spheeris

    Penelope Spheeris

    19/02/2017 Duração: 06min

    Called a Rock ‘n Roll Anthropologist screenwriter, producer, and director Penelope Spheeris has spent much of her career delving into the world of the social outsider.

  • Ava DuVernay

    Ava DuVernay

    19/02/2017 Duração: 08min

    You are likely familiar with the name Ava DuVernay.  As a filmmaker, she’s repeatedly made history as the first African-American woman to be nominated for and win multiple top awards.  Her career has ranged through both fiction and documentary, and many different facets of the production process including writing, directing, and producing.

  • Gurinder Chadha

    Gurinder Chadha

    23/01/2017 Duração: 07min

    When describing her work, director Gurinder Chadha says, “I tell stories about people audiences might think they have nothing in common with…then they emotionally connect with them and find they’re not different at all.”  Chadha is one the most successful directors in Britain, thanks in large part to the global success of her film Bend+ Read More

  • Carrie Fisher

    Carrie Fisher

    07/01/2017 Duração: 07min

    Welcome to our second season, Introductions Necessary: Above the Line. I wanted to start this season on a personal note. As a screenwriter and director, I’ve been inspired by many of the women we’re going to feature this year. But our first episode focuses on someone who was a role model for me and many+ Read More

  • 2016 In Review – Thank You

    2016 In Review – Thank You

    31/12/2016 Duração: 01min

    You’ve been listening to Introductions Necessary, a production of Nine Hour Films. First a look back at 2016, then forward to season two.

  • The Mars Generation

    The Mars Generation

    31/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    Inspired by pioneers like Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, many young women are hoping to be chosen for that mission.  Three of those hopefuls are Alyssa Carson, Abby Harrison, and Taylor Richardson.

  • Yvonne Brill

    Yvonne Brill

    30/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    Yvonne Brill wanted to study engineering but had to settle for science and mathematics as the dean wouldn’t allow women in that department-but that didn’t stop her from becoming one of the world’s leading designers of jet propulsion systems.

  • Ruby Hirose

    Ruby Hirose

    29/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    Biochemist Ruby Hirose made major contributions to the development of vaccines against infantile paralysis and found a way to improve the pollen extracts that help sufferers of hay fever.

  • Mary Sherman Morgan

    Mary Sherman Morgan

    28/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    Mary Sherman Morgan is said to have single handedly saved the US Space Program – but most people had no idea they work she did – including her own son who turned her story into  a play and then a biography, Rocket Girl.

  • Susan Margulies

    Susan Margulies

    27/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    As a leader in the field of head and lung trauma and their impact on the human body, Dr. Susan Margulies is making great strides in understanding how our bodies respond to trauma.

  • Mary Fairfax Somerville

    Mary Fairfax Somerville

    26/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    Mary Somerville was called “The Queen of Nineteenth-Century Science” after she overcame many obstacles, including family who believed she shouldn’t study math and science.

  • Danielle George

    Danielle George

    25/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    Since their inception in 1825, the Christmas Lectures have been presented by the Royal Institution of Great Britain in an effort to introduce a young audience to subjects through spectacular demonstrations. In the 189 years of this lecture series only a handful of women have been asked to present, with the sixth of these being+ Read More

  • Jade Raymond

    Jade Raymond

    24/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    If you are a fan of the first Assassin’s Creed game or played the SIMS online, you have programmer and producer Jade Raymond to thank.

  • Margaret Lowman

    Margaret Lowman

    23/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    The author of over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and 10 books on forest conservation, Dr. Margaret Lowman has earned her title as Canopy Meg.

  • Kimberly Bryant

    Kimberly Bryant

    22/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    While African-American, Latina, and Native American women are considered prolific users of technology only around 3 percent of high-tech jobs are filled by African-American women. Kimberly Bryant wants to move this group from being seen as simply consumers of technology to being its creators.

  • Annie Easley

    Annie Easley

    21/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    From a young age, Annie Easley’s mother had told her that she could be anything she wanted, but she would have to work for it.  She became a human computer and then computer programmer.

  • Joanne Liu

    Joanne Liu

    20/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    Born in Quebec City to a Chinese immigrant family, Joanne Liu decided to become a pediatrician at an early age.  She became the international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (aka Doctors without Borders) in 2013.

  • Valerie Thomas

    Valerie Thomas

    19/12/2016 Duração: 02min

    Wanting to provide inspiration to young people that also might not been encouraged to pursue math and science as careers NASA scientist Valerie Thomas was a mentor to youths through Science Mathematics Aerospace Research and Technology and the National Technical Association.

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