Award-winning film producer and director Jules Hart is the founder of Eye Goddess Films. Her work has aired on PBS and screened at a number of festival venues including Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival; Carmel Art & Film Festival; the Ojai Film Festival; and the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City. Hart picked up Best Female Filmmaker at the Action On Film Festival in Pasadena, CA, and an Emerging Artist Award at the Beloit International Film Festival in 2011.
Through her work, Hart has explored such diverse topics as storefront churches, Latina healers, drumming as a spiritual practice, and art as a vehicle for healing. Her most recent and controversial work is Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, an exploration of the women struggling to be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. The film has won several awards including Best Documentary at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and Best Faith Based Film at the AOF International Film Festival. The film was also screened at a parallel session at the 2011 United Nations Commission For the Status of Women in New York and at Michael Moore's State Theatre in Traverse City, Michigan.
Hart transitioned from a 20-year career in front of the camera as fashion model, to her present role behind the camera, after creating a short film as a homework assignment for a Film and Folklore class at UCLA. It was at that point she realized her true calling. As a filmmaker, Hart taps into her own feminism and dedication to women’s rights to tell compelling stories about other women’s struggles, challenges and victories.
Jules Hart has lectured at Antioch University, Whittier College and UCLA, her alma mater, on topics such as Film and Folklore, Women in the Arts, and Women and Religion.
Co-writer, Co-editor, Soundtrack
Rick Chelew has been working in the audio field for over 30 years. His producer credits include internationally distributed CDs (T-Bone Burnett, Bert Jansch, Pentangle, The Cachagua Playboys). His sound mixer/recordist credits include the award-winning Jean Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Adventures: America’s Undersea Treasures (PBS), Professor Robert Winston’s Top Ten Advancements (BBC, 2010, )Sea Ghosts (Cousteau/PBS), Return to the Amazon (Cousteau/PBS) Oceans and Glass (“Nature”, WNET, 2005), Candid Camera (CBS), and Moving Keiko (National Geographic). Mr. Chelew is also a professional musician and recording artist.