Over on the links to the right, under My California Writing Buddies, is a link for the web site of my friend, Deborah Hutchison. Her company is called Gutsy Gals Inspire Me, and it’s a multimedia group whose mission is to celebrate women across history and around the world who have followed their passion, taken risks and courageously accomplished their goals. Through books, films and awards, the company inspires girls and women to achieve great things, no matter what the odds.
Deborah’s first film project evolved from a children’s book by Mindy Bingham called Berta Benz and the Motorwagen: The Story of the First Automobile Journey.
Deborah read the book and thought it would make the basis for an inspiring animated short film for young women to tell the little-known story of how Berta Benz was the first person – man or woman – to drive a motorized vehicle over a long distance. (Take that, Henry Ford!) While it was Berta’s husband Karl who invented the car that inspired what is now Mercedes Benz, it was Berta who didn’t let the naysayers get the best of her and took her sons with her in the vehicle despite warnings from local German law enforcement. Here’s the trailer.
I can’t believe how gorgeous the animation of the film is – so colorful and magical. What young girl wouldn’t be motivated to reach for her dreams after seeing that?
Now the film, “The Improbable Journey of Berta Benz,” is being released, and as an official selection of the 2013 Los Angeles International Women’s Festival will be shown for the first time on March 22nd.
I’m so proud of Deborah and her team. Wow. Applause, applause.