Surge: New Film Documents Wave of Women Seeking Office in 2018



Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, an actor, an activist, and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer. With Laurie Anderson and Laura Michalchyshyn, she is the Co-Founder of The Federation: a coalition of artists, organizations, and allies committed to keeping cultural borders open and showing how art unites us.

Most recently, she has been the Executive Video Producer/Director for Glamour Women of the Year and Planned Parenthood. She is the author of  The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock.

“There are many days when I wish I could parachute myself into Blue Mountain Center,” Selvaratnam imagines. “It is one of the most peaceful, positive, productive places I’ve ever been.”


Surge is a feature documentary about this extraordinary moment, where a record number of first-time female candidates are running for office in 2018. Tired of being ignored, angered by current government policies, and anxious about the future of America, more than 20,000 women have stepped forward and are running to win.

“I see women waking up like I’ve never seen them awakened before, ” says Patti Russo, executive director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.

Surge follows several of these women from Texas, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida on their exhaustive and exhilarating journeys to flip their districts blue on Election Day. Diverse in age, ethnicity and background, these candidates face similar uphill battles to raise money, beat incumbents and create history. Surge: explores the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that fueled a wave of candidates and gave a collective sense of urgency to the 2018 election.

Surge is being created by three women:  Hannah Rosenzweig, Wendy Sachs and BMC alum Tanya Selvaratnam.

See early footage of Surge and make a donation to fund its completion here.