Singing with Her Hands, a new short documentary coming fall of 2021. A Roadwork Production, directed by Jane Pittman.
Sweet Honey In The Rock is an internationally acclaimed, all female A-Cappella ensemble with deep roots in the civil rights movement. In the mid 70s, they joined forces with the women from a growing feminist women’s music network. It was a time when female activists set out to change social structures that were racist, homophobic and misogynistic; a time when disability rights converged with cultural diversity to revolutionize the way artists communicated with their audiences. Shirley Childress Johnson was at the forefront of this movement. As the first certified black sign language interpreter, she toured with Sweet Honey In The Rock as a full member of the group. Her interpretation of their songs was a performance all of its own, a language spoken with hands, bringing into the fold an audience, that had until then, been excluded from musical activism. Singing with Her Hands is a film about Shirley Childress Johnson, her times and the women who brought her along for the revolution.
The U Street Corridor in the nation’s capital has been many things – Black Broadway, the heart of black culture in Washington, an innovator, an incubator, a slum. This short film captures the highlights and low points of this historic Washington district over the last century. Set to the Music of the African American composer William Grant Still, the film is a collage of photographs and video footage that documents the people and places that made the U Street corridor what it was and is today.
Sarah Park and Jane Pittman have produced “The Makeover”, a distinctly traditional love story set in a decidedly non-traditional milieu of shifting gender. AUDIENCE AWARD – Alexandria Film Festival 2018. BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY – Southeastern International Film Festival 2019.
This short doc looks at a growing movement in America, the Wild Church, where people come together to connect intimately with the natural world. Can a deeper relationship with nature encourage positive environmental action?.
Pittsure has just completed three films showcasing the history of women’s basketball; honoring the past, celebrating the present, and promoting the future. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is the only facility of it’s kind dedicated to all levels of women’s basketball. www.wbhof.com
It’s Never Too Late To Take Your Best Shot … an award-winning feature documentary about the power of basketball in the lives of senior women. Official Selection in over 30 film festivals world wide. Two AUDIENCE AWARDS, BEST DOCUMENTARY, BEST DIRECTOR AWARDS. Purchase film >
Pittsure has recently completed a series of five videos entitled “Wellness To Work” for Mathematica and the Ramsey County Division of Workforce Solutions. These videos explore different aspects of wellness and are intended to help individuals receiving public assistance thrive in a job.
By implementing mindfulness strategies for social service and workforce staff and teaching Goal 4 It!, the science-informed four-step process for setting and achieving goals, Mathematica is at the forefront of assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs that improve public well-being.
The Girl Who Could Change The World, written by Loree Gold. Music video edited by Jane Pittman, using performance footage and video shot by Jane Pittman at the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.
OAR (Offender Aid and Restoration) is the leading provider of offender services in northern Virginia. OAR is dedicated to strengthening community through second chances.
Pickleball is fast becoming the most popular sport in America. The Mid-Atlantic Open Pickleball Tournament showcases some of the best pickle ball in the mid-Atlantic region. Pittsure was there to document the action!
CIS (Communities in Schools) works within public school systems, establishing relationships with Superintendents, Principals, Educators and Community Partners to address both individual students as well as school-wide needs.
In Your Hands reveals how the safety and success of the society we live in is invariably linked to the well being of every one of its citizens. If they fail, we all pay, in human cost as much as in hard dollars and cents. View Film >
Based on an exhibit by Donna Tauscher by the same name, this spoken word piece shows how the artist saw the passing of time at one point in her life.
JANE PITTMAN is an award winning director, cinematographer and editor based in Washington DC. Her extensive repertoire of short films, feature documentaries and educational/training videos, has appeared on PBS and film festivals throughout the world. (Coming Back To The Hoop, This is How Time Passes, Prophets Rising, In Your Hands, The Makeover). Coming Back To The Hoop is in distribution with Random Media and was selected for the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival in 2015. Jane’s films are also distributed nationally by Films Media Group, a distributor of social interest educational programming. With a master’s degree in music, Jane’s work follows a distinct rhythm, lending her films a unique artistic touch.