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The news of artist, environmental activist, documentary film producer and philanthropist Susan Swartz.

Susan Swartz and Impact Partners With Three Films at Sundance 2011

As an environmental and humanitarian activist, Susan knows that documentary film can be one of the most powerful mediums for shedding light on pressing social issues. That’s why Susan and her husband, Jim, are founding members of Impact Partners, a unique organization that brings together filmmakers and investors. In recent years, Impact Partners has helped fund important and award-winning films like The Cove, An Inconvenient Truth, The Garden and Freeheld.

And this year, Susan is proud to announce that three Impact Partner films will be premiering next month at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Held in and around Park City, Utah on January 20-30, Sundance is considered the preeminent independent film festival in the nation, if not the world.


!Women Art Revolution

Screening within the festival’s New Frontier category for boundary-pushing, multimedia works, this is groundbreaking documentary project that excavates the evolution of the feminist art movement in America. Director Lynn Hershmann Leeson was an active participant in this movement and has spent 42 years documenting it.

Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology

Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our times — the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, human rights, the global economy — while searching for her place during a transformative time in her life. Shlain constructs a chronological tour of Western modernization through the work of her late father, Leonard Shlain, a brain surgeon and best-selling author of Art and Physics and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess.

Miss Representation

This documentary uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. While it’s clear the mainstream media objectifies women, most of us don’t realize the magnitude of the phenomenon and the way objectification gets internalized and impedes girls and women from realizing their full potential. Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom combines stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews with notable like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric and Gloria Steinem.