Provocative, controversial, inspiring, Gloria Allred is the feminist firebrand attorney who has battled some of the biggest names in politics and business. Long before there was a #METOO movement, she took on cases dealing with sexual harassment, race, and women’s rights. Her ferocious commitment to justice comes from her own life experience and the knowledge that power only understands power
In collaboration with the 92Y, FOLCS held a screening of the Netflix original documentary, Seeing Allred, followed by a conversation with Gloria Allred, the crusading lawyer who was doing the work of #MeToo and #BelieveSurvivors before the hashtags, along with co-director Sophie Sartain, and TV writer and producer Marta Kauffman.
Ms. Allred is a founding partner of the law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg (AM&G). Her firm handles more women’s rights cases than any other private law firm in the nation and has won hundreds of millions of dollars for victims. Over the course of her 42 year legal career, Gloria Allred has won countless honors for her pioneering legal work on behalf of women’s rights and rights for minorities. Gloria is a three-time Emmy nominee for her commentaries on KABC television in Los Angeles. Her nationally syndicated television show We the People, with Gloria Allred was also nominated in 2012 for a Daytime Emmy Award.
In January 2014 Gloria received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Trial Lawyers for her trailblazing and pioneering role in combating injustices and winning new rights especially for women and minorities. She was honored at the 2016 International Women’s Forum (IWF) World Leadership Conference with the 2016 IWF Women Who Make a Difference Award. President Obama has introduced Ms. Allred as “one of the best attorneys in the country”.
In 2017 Netflix announced Seeing Allred an original documentary about Ms. Allred and her battles for justice which launched globally on Netflix in February 2018 after its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In February 2018 Ms. Allred received the Lenore Kramer Award for Excellence from the Women’s Caucus of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and in July 2018 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Organization for Women (NOW) for her enduring commitment to fighting injustices against women.
Ms. Allred is also the author of Fight Back and Win, My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice- And How You Can Win Your Own Battles.
Sophie Sartain is the co-director and producer of the Netflix Original Documentary Seeing Allred, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was described as “remarkably engaging (The New York Times), “utterly fascinating” (CNET), and “the perfect companion to the #MeToo movement” (Variety). Sartain was the writer, director, and producer of the documentary Mimi and Dona, which aired on PBS/Independent Lens in 2015 and was named one of the top-ten TV shows of the year by Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times. Sartain’s other credits include the 2014 documentary Above and Beyond (writer); the 2012 documentary Hava Nagila (The Movie) (writer/producer); and the Emmy-nominated 2008 film Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (writer/co-producer). She has contributed as a writer and story consultant on additional film projects, including Who Will Write Our History (2018), Feminists: What Were They Thinking? (2018), Hotel Everest (2017), Ishi’s Return (2016), and Rock in the Red Zone (2015). Sartain has been a film envoy with the American Film Showcase, a diplomacy program run by State Department in partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is a member of New Day Films. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ America’s Media Maker grants, and is the recipient of grants from ITVS Open Call and the Fledgling Fund.
Marta Kauffman is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer and showrunner. Having earned her BA in Theater Arts at Brandeis University, Kauffman and then-writing partner David Crane – whom she met at Brandeis – got their big break in the early 1990s after two of their television pilots were greenlit, including Dream On (1990) and The Powers That Be (1992). It was during their run as head writers on Dream On that the pair met producer Kevin Bright, with whom they would later launch Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, eventually producing the smash success series, Friends.
During its 10-year run (1994-2004), Friends landed 63 Emmy nominations, winning Outstanding Comedy Series in 2002. Bright/Kauffman/Crane also found success in the hit television sitcoms Veronica’s Closet (1997-2000), starring Kirstie Alley, and Jesse (1998-2000), starring Christina Applegate.
In the years following her partnership, Kauffman served as Executive Producer for several inspired television projects, including the television series Related (2005-2006), and the widely acclaimed television movies Five (2011) and Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013). Both projects featured top-tier female talent in front of and behind the camera, creating short vignettes that focused upon breast cancer and then, two years later, on the subject of mental illness. In 2012 Kauffman also took her first venture into the world of online viewing, writing and directing all three episodes of the series Georgia for the YouTube network for women, Wigs (www.watchwigs.com).
In 2015, Kauffman started her production and development company, OKAY GOODNIGHT, with industry veterans Robbie Tollin and Hannah KS Canter. Their first series, the comedy-drama Grace & Frankie, debuted its fourth season on Netflix January 19 and is currently in production on season 5. Grace & Frankie is co-created with Howard J. Morris. The series features a dream-team ensemble top-lined by veteran actors Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston in a story about two nemeses, Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose husbands (played by Sheen and Waterston) announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married – bringing the women together in a strange and often hilarious twist of fate.
Kauffman produced the documentary Seeing Allred with co-directors Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain, which debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The project reunites her with Grossman and Sartain, with whom she worked previously on 2014’s Independent Lens: Mimi and Dona, 2012’s Hava Nagila: The Movie and 2008’s Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh.
Kauffman and OKGN acquired the rights to the best selling novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” by Karen Joy Fowler, which was the winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award and is currently in development. Kauffman is also developing an American version of the wildly popular Israeli TV family drama SHTISEL, which will be called EMMIS in the United States.
In 2016, the Writers Guild of America, West awarded Kauffman and her Friends partner David Crane with the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in television writing. Kauffman also received the 2016 Outstanding Television Writer award at the 23rd annual Austin Film Festival & Screenwriters Conference.
Kauffman is based in Los Angeles, California and has three children, two dogs, two cats and too many horses.