The film “First & Female” was nominated for two 2012 Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards, which will host its ceremony July 21 in Oklahoma City.
“First & Female” was nominated in the categories of Cultural Documentary and Director.
The film uses the 2011 Oklahoma governor's race as a frame to discuss how women's roles and the perception of women in leadership have changed since statehood, particularly in the past 50 years. It takes the perspectives of the two governor candidates — Mary Fallin and Jari Askins — and other notable women like civil rights leader Clara Luper, former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller, feminist movement leader Gloria Steinem and former Oklahoma First Lady Kim Henry.
The documentary won the Best Documentary Short Film in the 2011 deadCENTER film festival and aired twice last fall on OETA. The film is also being lauded at the upcoming University Film and Video Association annual conference in August with the best documentary award of merit.
“First & Female” was directed by Oklahoma City University alumna Tinasha Williams, who organized the material into her graduate thesis. Fritz Kiersch, chairman of OCU’s Department of Moving Image Arts, was the executive producer, and alumnus Lance McDaniel was the producer. Vinny Hogan, who was a student at the time of production and graduated from the Bass School of Music in 2010, wrote and produced the musical score. Film professor Bryan Cardinale-Powell edited the film.
Others who collaborated on the production include students from Oklahoma City Community College and Jenks High School, and the Love’s Entrepreneurial Center in OCU’s Meinders School of Business provided support.
Producer Kiersch, who created the Moving Image Arts program at OCU, said he is pleased that the hard work of so many people is continuing to collect such esteemed acclaim.
“We are extremely excited by this recognition,” he said. “We are looking forward to distributing it across the state to schools and organizations where it can positively affect perceptions and thinking of our citizenry.”