About the Filmmakers
About the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
About the Girl Scouts of the USA
About Women Make Movies

The Filmmakers

Ellen Spiro has created many inventive documentaries, including DIANA'S HAIR EGO, Greetings from Out Here, Roam Sweet Home, Atomic Ed and the Black Hole and TROOP 1500. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Rockefeller Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and others. Her work has won numerous awards and has shown in such museums as the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum Biennial and the Museum of Modern Art. Her films have been broadcast worldwide on PBS, HBO, BBC, CBC (Canada) and NHK (Japan).

Karen Bernstein has spent the last 15 years in documentary production, most notably as series producer for PBS's acclaimed series American Masters, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Grammy Award for documentaries on Ella Fitzgerald and Lou Reed, respectively. She recently finished producing and directing Are the Kids Alright? for PBS and has produced documentaries for the Sundance Channel, HBO and Gallery HD.

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Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Ninety percent of female inmates are single parents, and their daughters are six times more likely to land in the juvenile justice system than daughters of non-inmates.  TROOP 1500 poignantly reveals how Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB), a groundbreaking yet controversial effort by the venerable Girl Scout organization, is working to help these at-risk young girls deal with their unique circumstances and break the cycle of crime within families.

Now in its twelfth year, the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, created by the National Institute of Justice in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, helps maintain, and in some cases re-forge, the bond between girls and their incarcerated mothers.  Girl Scouts Beyond Bars spans the country with 28 Girl Scout councils currently running programs in 22 states with 900 girls between the ages of 5 and 17 involved. Many mothers who "graduate" from the program continue their participation in Girl Scouting as adult volunteers.


Close to $5 million in federal and private grants have been secured to support local Girl Scout Councils in their efforts to enhance and expand the GSBB programs.

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Girl Scouts of the USA

With 3.7 million girl and adult members, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent organization for and leading authority on girls. Now in its 93rd year, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

For more information on how to join, volunteer or donate to the Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.

Women Make Movies

Established in 1972 to address the under-representation and misrepresentation of women in the media, Women Make Movies is now is the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. WMM's extraordinary collection of more than 500 titles screen at film festivals worldwide, are broadcast in the U.S. and internationally, and are used by thousands of educational and cultural institutions and community groups annually.

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