Cynthia Lowen USA / 2018 / 96 minutes
Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Netizens' delves into the lives of three women who are transformed by online harassment. Carrie Goldberg is an attorney in New York City, who launches an internet privacy and sexual assault law firm in the wake of her own digital abuse. Tina Reine, in West Palm Beach, is a successful businesswoman whose career is derailed after an ex-boyfriend creates numerous reputation-harming websites. San Francisco-based Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of a popular web-series, Feminist Frequency, who is the target of a cyber-mob’s ongoing campaign of rape and death threats. Through a cinematic, verité approach, the film challenges the notion harassment is ‘only’ online, depicting the immense toll on targets’ lives and following as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. As the internet becomes the next frontier of civil rights, ‘Netizens’ bears witness as a courageous wave of individuals reshape the web as we know it.
BIO: Cynthia Lowen is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. She's the director of "Netizens", a feature documentary about women and online harassment, making its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. She's also the producer and writer of "Bully" a feature documentary following five kids and families through "a year in the life" of America's bullying crisis, released by The Weinstein Company. Lauded by reviewers, "Bully" was nominated for two Emmy-awards, screened at the White House, and received a prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in journalism. Cynthia is also winner of the National Poetry Series for her collection "The Cloud That Contained the Lightning", about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the making of the atomic bomb. She has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Hedgebrook Women Authoring Change Fellowship from William Morris Entertainment, and lives in the Hudson Valley.
Executive Producer(s): Ruth Ann Harnisch, Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker, Barbara Dobkin,
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an
annual program and year-round schedule of film, music,
and art-related activities that promote artists, culture,
inspired learning, and diversity. The Hudson Valley Film
Commission promotes sustainable economic development
by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.