Jane Applegate is a passionate storyteller who has been sharing stories about women in history and the arts for decades in print, online, on TV and through her award-winning independent films.
Her independent films have won several domestic and international film festival awards. She has also won awards for investigative reporting and been a keynote speaker sponsored by corporate clients and Bloomberg TV at women’s events throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Applegate’s current project in development with Greenlit Productions in Vihti, Finland, is a global TV series called Remarkable Women: Out of the Shadows. The project brings together more than a dozen writers, directors, and producers in a dozen countries around the world. The filmmakers are researching untold stories about accomplished and remarkable women born in their country. All stories will be told in a hybrid documentary format, featuring expert interviews, archival footage and photos, animation and scripted scenes featuring famous and up-and-coming actors.
While the TV series is being developed, Applegate and her co-creators are launching a digital community to attract and build a global community of women interested in sharing stories about remarkable women throughout the centuries.
The new website RemarkableWomenCommunity.org will go live in mid-January (old website here). The site will feature essays, stories, photographs, recommendations for films, books and other materials highlighting women’s stories from around the world.
Applegate is the author of four books on small business success based on the syndicated column she wrote for many years for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post Syndicate. Her most recent book, Hair on Fire, is a guide to producing independent films and is required reading for students in her Business of Film class taught at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College.