A Light Beneath Their Feet
Thursday, November 12
Moira McMahon Leeper
Jeffery Loeb, Robert Johnson
Taryn Manning, Madison Davenport, Maddie Husson, Kurt Fuller, Nora Dunn, Kali Hawk, Carter Jenkins, Brian King, Evan Paglieri, Phillip Van Lear, Addison Stafford, Agneeta Thacker, James Leo Ryan
After founding Harvard University's Dudley Film Program and serving as its first Filmmaker-in-Residence, Valerie Weiss, a PhD in biophysics, completed the AFI Directing Workshop for Women where she was honored by BAFTA for her directing of TRANSGRESSIONS, a comedy short. Her first feature film, LOSING CONTROL, was released theatrically in 2012. In addition to her work as a scientist and a filmmaker, Valerie has appeared in an advisory role in several capacities. She has appeared on the L'Oreal For Women in Science: Shaping A New Image Panel, where she spoke alongside astronaut Sally Ride about the importance that film and television will play in reshaping our image of women scientists. She also participated alongside Laura Ziskin and Lauren Shuler-Donner on the Newsweek Advisory Committee for its Women in Leadership issue.