Student Interviews: Makers

Monday, August 3, 2015

The MAKERS project features groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. KCTS 9 profiled women from the Seattle area who inspire us.

In 2013, as part of the MAKERS: Women Who Make America project, KCTS 9's 9 Media Lab provided a platform for youth to tell the stories of local women who have inspired them. In partnership with youth organizations throughout the Seattle area, 40 youth were given the opportunity to participate in the Makers Workshop at the 9 Media Lab. The participants learned storytelling skills as well as how to shoot, produce and edit video to tell a digital story.

Our partner organizations were The Center School, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, the RecTech program at the Delridge Community Center, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Pastor Patrinell Wright
Creator and Director
Total Experience Gospel Choir
Filmmakers: Austin Rickel, Hunter Smith

"The reason I chose Pastor Patrinell Wright as a MAKER was that I thought she was important in the local community and beyond. I chose her because I have a personal relationship with her. I am part of the Total Experience Gospel Choir; she has been a positive influence in my life. I know that she has made an impact in many lives other than mine because I've seen it with my own eyes, every time we go to an event or travel. It's an extraordinary experience to be with her and to be in this choir."

Pastor Patrinell Wright, Total Experience Gospel Choir

Pastor Patrinell Wright
Creator and Director
Total Experience Gospel Choir
Filmmakers: Austin Rickel, Hunter Smith

"The reason I chose Pastor Patrinell Wright as a MAKER was that I thought she was important in the local community and beyond. I chose her because I have a personal relationship with her. I am part of the Total Experience Gospel Choir; she has been a positive influence in my life. I know that she has made an impact in many lives other than mine because I've seen it with my own eyes, every time we go to an event or travel. It's an extraordinary experience to be with her and to be in this choir."

Rachel Flotard, Musician

Rachel Flotard
Musician
Writer
Filmmakers: Eric Josund Brady, Julian Tennyson, Emma Mercer

"For our bio, we chose Rachel Flotard, a local musician and jack-of-all-trades. We chose her because of her very diverse background of independent projects, including running a record label, orchestrating fundraising in Laos, and writing for a local magazine. "

Deborah Parker, Tulalip Tribes Vice Chairwoman

Deborah Parker
Vice Chairwoman
Tulalip Tribes
Filmmakers: Allison Charoni

"I have been completely inspired by Deborah Parker. She rose above adversity and became such a positive example of strength. Her determination not only influenced the lives of many women, but also helped pass a landmark act granting long-awaited rights to all Tribes. Her work with the Violence Against Women Act will continue to push the future towards greater protections for all women and Tribes."

Mary Lambert, Singer-Songwritert

Mary Lambert
Singer-Songwriter
Spoken-Word Artist
Filmmakers: Jasiah Ruby and Kylin Sandstrom

"We found Mary Lambert to be a very influential person because of her intensely powerful music, often dealing with profoundly underrepresented issues such as body dysmorphia, incest, abuse, homosexuality and bipolarity. Her background in theater and spoken word poetry have made her an intensely powerful performer, her concerts known for being “ones to cry at”, and has given her the tools to make a positive impact on the world. Her work with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis has given her the perfect jumping off point to make a splash in the music industry and hopefully change the world for the better through her music."

Cheri Bloom, Horticulturist

Cheri Bloom
Greenhouse & Garden Coordinator
Horticulturist
Filmmakers: Lily Wartman, Lena Muno, Nora Chapman

"We have experienced Cheri Bloom's influence first hand. She opened our eyes to gardening, sustainability, and where our food comes from. At Montlake School, TOPS and Sand Point Elementary, she shows the community the connection between the environment and our actions. She took a dusty storage unit and created an award-winning educational model for other schools to follow."

Amy Peloff, University of Washington

Amy Peloff
University of Washington
Filmmakers: Hope Zhao

"We have experienced Cheri Bloom's influence first hand. She opened our eyes to gardening, sustainability, and where our food comes from. At Montlake School, TOPS and Sand Point Elementary, she shows the community the connection between the environment and our actions. She took a dusty storage unit and created an award-winning educational model for other schools to follow."

Beth Warshaw-Duncan, Vera Project Co-Producer

Beth Warshaw-Duncan
Vera Project Co-Producer
Filmmakers: Anastasia Mikolyuk

"I chose to do my documentary about Beth Warshaw-Duncan because I believe that the work she does for the young people in the Seattle area is amazing. It takes a strong person to pull that off, and that is exactly who Beth is. I find her very inspirational. Not in a sense of someone to admire from afar, but in a sense that one can relate to Beth’s story and learn from her and her way to being the person she is today. I think that people can be inspired by Beth, just like I was, after hearing her ideas and beliefs."

Shana Bestock, Artistic and Education Director

Shana Bostock
Artistic and Education Director
Filmmakers: Alexandra Varriano and Hamilton Burrell

"For our influential woman, we chose Shana Bestock, Artistic and Education Director for Seattle Public Theater. We chose her because of her brilliant work with children in the theater, which inspires many people to conquer their fears and work hard to reach their goals. She helps create a safe, accepting, joyful atmosphere where people can explore and discover themselves. I, Alexandra, have worked with her a few times at Seattle Public Theater, and have found that she really tries to connect with, relate to, and engage the people she works with. She is a strong, confident woman who is making a difference in people’s lives each and every day."

Iris Guzman, Youth Development Specialist

Iris Guzman
Youth Development Specialist
Seattle Youth Employment Program
Filmmakers: Ishwaq Dakane

"I chose to make a film about an intelligent woman I look up to who quietly does remarkable work that impacts young lives. I selected Iris because she is a good person who makes a big difference in the community. Iris is a Youth Development Counselor for the City of Seattle, and she is very good at what she does. She works with youth providing information, support, and counseling to help them succeed in life. I am one of the students she has helped and I appreciate all she has done for me. I know I will be one of those students who succeed due to her help and support. She is the best youth counselor."

Susie Tennant, Event Organizer

Susie Tennant
Music Public Relations
Event Organizer
Filmmakers: Gwendolyn Scott and Tigerlily Cooley

"We chose Susie Tennant, an extremely influential publicist for Sub Pop and Geffen Records during the blossoming of the Grunge scene. We chose her because she helped the growth of famous bands like Weezer, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and others, which both of us love to listen to and are still popular today. We think it is important to interview people like Susie Tennant because she shows how women can work with music while not being a musician and still change the world immensely."

Annie Fortnum, Annie's Community Kitchen

Annie Fortnum
Founder
Annie's Community Kitchen
Filmmakers: Andrew Josund-Brady, Daniel Quinn

"Annie Fortnum, founder of Annie's community kitchen, came instantly to mind as a woman who positively impacts her community. Starting a volunteer-run free community meal service, she has fed as many as 200 members of the community every Wednesday since 2004. Annie is an inspiring individual who shows the amount that one person can positively change the world."

Marath Men, Family Support Worker

Marath Men
Family Support Worker
Filmmaker: Brandon Te

"I chose Marath Men as a MAKER because I find her efforts as a Family Support Worker and Program Coordinator inspiring. Marath came to America with nothing but broken pieces of her childhood. One reason I chose Marath was due to the fact that she came with nothing and is now helping others become successful people in our society. Her story is very inspiring. Marath went to school and only depended on herself. Now Marath is helping youth and families become healthy and successful. Marath has inspired me to want to help others and become a positive force in the community."

Erin Katz, KCTS 9 Media Lab

Erin Katz
9 Media Lab Manager
Filmmakers: Maddie Barnett, Gracie Rouen

"We chose Ms. Katz as our maker for many reasons. The main reason was because while at The Center School, we saw her change people's lives. When we both started at Center last year, we would always hear about how awesome Ms. Katz was. It was obvious that everyone loved her. For us that was a big motivation to take film or photography classes in our later years.

When she left The Center School, we all really got a chance to realize how much she was appreciated. On her last day, tears were pouring and everyone planned a huge party. In that moment you could really see the connection she had built and how much she had positively impacted students. Although we were sad, we were all excited for her new adventures. As they say, you don't know what you've got until it's gone, and as soon as she left the impact was clear; we all missed her daily while they were looking for a new teacher. We chose Ms. Katz as our MAKER because she positively impacts and encourages everyone she relates with and teaches. She is caring, talented and overall an amazing woman who inspires both of us."

Katrina Hanawalt, Child and Family Therapist

Katrina Hanawalt
Child and Family Therapist
Filmmakers: Cyrus McCallum, Tobias Hope-Young

"We chose Katrina because her field of work is relatively unknown and under-appreciated by the general public, even though the work she does is life-changing for her clients."

Gerardine Carroll, High School Teacher

Gerardine Carroll
High School Teacher
Filmmakers: Yasab Pfister, David Meserole

"I remember that my freshman year, I hated writing and never wanted to write. However, I was assigned to Ms. Carroll's writing class. I knew I was going to hate it, but ended up liking her class. She showed me how to love writing. She showed me that I can write and encouraged me to not give up that easily. She has always been a positive teacher and enjoys helping with writing. From that point on I started liking writing more and didn't hate it as much."

 

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