Source – empowermentproject.org
– Barbara Trent is an Oscar® winning filmmaker, seasoned activist, and trail blazer for change. She has publicly exposed criminal activities in the White House, Pentagon, and CIA; and has been the target of at least three FBI counter intelligence operations. Her personal story of courage risk and achievement, starting in the 1960s is inspiring to many.
Trent fights to expose the forces controlling our media as well as our government’s covert policies. Her films have been acclaimed, exhibited, and broadcast around the world. Broadcast resistance in the United States, however, makes her presentation particularly relevant. Drawing on a quarter century of filming and community organizing, Ms. Trent engages audiences in an exciting journey from skepticism to illumination to action. Her urgent message inspires audiences to find methods that will impact the federal government, the mass media, and the public at large. Ms. Trent examines the present day obstacles to having an independent and courageous media in the United States. She educates audiences to “see through” the daily news and assists them in identifying ways to access alternative perspectives.
Appointed as an Expert Senior Training Specialist for the VISTA program under Jimmy Carter, Trent has been decorated with the Gasper Octavio Hernandez Award by the Journalist’s Union in Panama, and is a recipient of the American Humanist Association’s Arts Award for her “courageous advocacy of progressive ideas.” She received the Academy Award in 1993. Trent co-founded and co-directs the Empowerment Project, a media resource center serving hundreds of progressive videographers and filmmakers each year.
Her lifelong commitment to empowerment invariably inspires her audiences to assume more active responsibility for themselves, their society, and the world in which they live. Trent’s thoughts on ethics the media, government, the drug crisis, women’s issues, affirmative action, unfettered capitalism, international and national affairs are presented as a frank source of information, personal experience, and inspiration.
Ms. Trent has been featured in Women of Courage: Inspiring Stories from the Women Who Lived Them, published by Turner Publishing, The Cultures of Globalization, published by Duke University Press, Humanity in an Age of Terror published by Duke University Press, The Search for “Reality”: The Art of Documentary Filming, published by Michael Wiese Productions, Taking it to the Theaters, published by the Empowerment Project in association with National Video Resources, and coming in Fall 2000, You Cross That Line: American Activists Talk About the Process of Change.
Barbara’s Message to the Occupiers in New York:
The Empowerment Project:Using the Power of Media to Make a Difference
The Empowerment Project produces and distributes its own documentary films and videos, and provides facilities, training and other support for independent producers, artists, activists and organizations working in video and other electronic media. Its purpose is to work towards democratizing access to the media, and to provide the resources necessary to put the power of media in the hands of individuals and organizations working to further important social, political and artistic purposes. EP coordinates and supports progressive organizing efforts, conducts media training workshops, and operates a media center with access to video and computer facilities in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Founder and Oscar-winning documentarian, Barbara Trent, speaks at universities and other institutions around the country to help people become more critical consumers of the media and to shed new light on the social and political issues facing us today. EP operates the Old Oak Homestead as a center for learning and practicing sustainable living methods.