By Clifford Potter ’88
Hang onto your seats, Hollywood! Girl Rising, a feature film by 10×10 and its executive producer, Holly Green Gordon ’89, is packing theaters across the country. Described in The New York Times as “one of the hottest cause documentaries in years,” Girl Rising spotlights the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change a girl-and the world.
Following its much talked-about sneak preview at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013, Girl Rising premiered in New York City on March 6 and debuted at #5 on The New York Times‘ Most Popular Movies list. Girl Rising‘s critical and popular success secured it an impressive national release in more than 150 theaters across the country. But perhaps Holly’s most exceptional achievement came on April 18, when she was joined onstage by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, to present Girl Rising at the World Bank’s Rally for Girls and Women. (Holly is among the esteemed speakers in this clip from the event.)
Supporting Holly’s campaign to change minds, change lives, and change policies have been Grotonians Kim Anstatt Morton ’87, member of the 10×10 advisory board, and Augusta Thomson ’06, director of private screenings at 10×10. As Holly writes, “Groton supporters and screening captains—Amy Cunningham Atkinson ’79, Christy Conner-Tanner ’87, Clifford Potter ’88, Heather Clay Frelinghuysen ’89, Amy Augenblick ’89, Hylton Jolliffe ’89, Jenny Quigley ’89, Diana Montgomery Edwards ’89, Kate Collier ’90, and Kate Milliken Vaughey ’90—have been so amazing!”
Many Grotties captained screenings, and many more attended, from former Headmaster Bill Polk ’58 to Phil Walton ’88.
|Please join us for a screening of Girl Rising on Wednesday, May 8 at 6:45 p.m. in the Campbell Performing Arts Center. Augusta Thompson ’06 will introduce the film and answer questions afterward. After the screening, from 8-10 p.m., and on May 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, Nancy Hughes will host an Ellie Kai trunk show to benefit the 10×10 Fund for Girls Education.|