AS TOLD TO JAYESH GANESH
Edited by Moses Shumow
I grew up in Evanston, Ill., and my parents always encouraged me to pursue any dream that came into my head. Despite their being very practical, they never saw a limit to my future. I am a great balance of them both. My mom, Diane Moshman, a chemical engineer who switched to law when I was a teenager and now works for the Illinois Attorney General as a lawyer. In a household with a working mother and no babysitters, she took care of us at home after a day at work. My mother was my very first ‘do-it-all’ women empowerment role model. My dad, Harvey Moshman, has worked as a television producer and is a documentary filmmaker. My parents are my role models. My mother excelled in her profession and remained nurturing
at home, and my father, a 26-time Emmy Award winner, is the person I aspire to follow in my career. Excellence in the field of production was an expectation I gave myself and in November 2013, I won my first Emmy for a short documentary called “Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run”.
I grew up in two worlds: one without the Internet and one completely dependent on it. With the coming of cellular phones, I saw how access to information grew exponentially. As I grew I became aware of various issues – issues involving the media, women and their objectification. While in college, the Internet was just becoming more prevalent, so it was a matter of paying attention and wanting to understand the issues that women face today. I guess it was an active choice to pay attention to those messages, specifically. It is easy to tune your entire media preference to the topics of your choice and this has helped me stay abreast of developments and events around the world. It’s a very interesting time and I am happy to be a part of it.
My parents bought me my first camera when I was in high school and I used it to ask questions and express myself. In Family Isn’t Just Blood, my first documentary, I interviewed classmates and friends about their family dynamics. I realized that having a camera in hand allowed me to ask questions I might not otherwise have had the courage to ask and go places I might not otherwise be allowed to go to. I was hooked. Another short documentary I made in high school won an award from CSPAN, and I knew I should study filmmaking in college. The rest is her-story! My aspiration as a filmmaker is to keep asking questions. My mission is to empower women. Growing up in an image, youth, and celebrity-obsessed culture, I am searching for quality content. I want to create programming that uplifts and educates people. I want to continue making documentaries, but I also want to be an activist and a speaker. This mission does not stop when the credits roll; I want to live and breathe a message of women empowerment every day.