Posts Tagged ‘ Women+Film Festival ’

Holly Mosher

Holly Mosher makes socially conscious films and is as wonderful and earthy as the single origin Bolivian coffee from Groundwork.

Mosher directed Bonsai People, a feature length documentary film that explores the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner  Muhammad Yunus and his vision from microcredit to social business. I see several parallells between the misunderstanding of labels in the coffee industry (organic and fair trade certifications) and the term “microcredit.” If you would like to be an informed citizen, watch Bonsai People to learn more about what microcredit really is.

Nancy Kissock

Like the Librarian’s Blend from Intelligentsia, Nancy Kissock comes to us from Los Angeles and has a bold base with a bit of sparkle. After speaking with her at the Women+Film Festival, I felt reassured that the direction of women in male dominated industries is moving in the right direction—even if the steps are small and the pace is slow.

Kissock produced The Girls in the Band, a film that reveals the fascinating history of female big band and jazz muscians who endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

I recently spoke with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy about her Academy Award winning film Saving Face and of course—coffee, at the Women+Film Festival in Denver. She’s an avid coffee drinker and although I believe she would very much enjoy Novo’s San Sebastian from Huila, Colombia, that is not the coffee that I believe describes Sharmeen the best.

Sharmeen is the type of filmmaker who I have the utmost respect for. She is adamant about making films that give a voice to marginalized populations such as women and children and has a spirit of determination and perseverance that I find incredibly inspiring. Much like the Hartmann Geisha coffee that comes from Panama, Sharmeen has extraordinary character and is incredibly bright. In addition to a similar complexity and uniqueness, Sharmeen is undoubtedly of the Geisha coffee caliber that coffee connoisseurs drool over.

Every coffee drinker has a story. I make videos because I love learning about people’s passions and their creative process. Many creatives rely on coffee as a drug. They love what it does to their brain and how it’s a catalyst for creativity.

Coffee is complex. So are people. Drink up.

Saving Face documents the reconstructive work of  Dr. Jawad on some of his patients who are victims of acid attacks in Pakistan. It also focuses on the stories of Rukhsana and Zakia and their efforts to overcome the legal, social and psychological repercussions of that violence. It airs on HBO on March 8 in the U.S. and Canada at 8:30p.m. ET. Take action: Visit the Acid Prevention Foundation, a non-for-profit featured in Saving Face at