OWN acquires Sundance doc “Miss Representation”

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has picked up director Jennifer Siebel Newsom's examination of women in media for its Documentary Club slate.
February 14, 2011

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has picked up another Sundance documentary for broadcast as part of its OWN Documentary Film club slate. Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s Miss Representation explores the mass media’s limited representation of women through interviews with newsmakers and entertainers such as Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Rosario Dawson, Margaret Cho and Gloria Steinem.

“The film was made to be a change agent for our culture, to inspire women to find their own voice and power, and for men to see women as their equals,” the director said in a statement.

Ro*co films will also distribute Miss Representation to high schools, libraries and universities to ensure the film’s message reaches college-age youth. Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina brokered the deal with OWN on behalf of the producers.

Miss Representation is the 11th feature acquired by OWN for its Documentary Film Club and the third Sundance film after Becoming Chaz and Crime After Crime to join the roster.

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