YES! Filmmaker(s) Attending for Q & A

  • Sun Feb 25 – not attending
  • Sun Mar 4 – yes attending

Sun Feb 25, 2018 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Mar 4, 2018 – 12:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center

Zero Weeks

Directed by Ky Dickens

Documentary Feature
U.S.A. | 85 min | 2017
Rated PG

Most Americans agree that family comes first. No matter where you work or what zip code you live in, you should be able to welcome a new child, to care for your mother when she has her knee replaced or to heal from cancer without facing financial disaster.

And yet in 2016, only 14 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. reported having paid family leave through an employer; less than 40 percent have personal medical leave through an employer-provided temporary disability program. The United States and Papua New Guinea are the only countries in the world without a paid leave law. Because 44 percent of American households don’t have enough savings to cover their basic expenses for three months, families are often forced to choose between taking time off to care for a partner or parent with an unexpected medical emergency or continuing to work so that they can keep their job and health insurance. The crisis is just as bleak for new mothers. Nearly 1 in 4 mothers return to work within two weeks of having a baby. Without the protections of paid leave, new mothers are 40% more likely to need food stamps or public assistance.

Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews from leading policy makers, economists, researchers and activists, ZERO WEEKS lays out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid leave for every American worker. The film looks at paid leave from an emotional, medical, financial and global perspective.

Zero Weeks Movie Poster

Special Event

Sunday, March 4th, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Bushel & Peck’s
FREE but please R.S.V.P.

In These Times - Magazine CoverFilm producer Alex Jaworski will be in attendance and bringing a small gaggle of Beloit College alums as well!

In These Times magazine (who also has a small cameo in the film) is hosting a pre-screening breakfast reception for donors and readers of In These Times at BIFF. We invite all festival-goers, staff and partners to join the free reception before the film. Who Doesn’t love a free brunch and coffee in the morning?
Please RSVP via link below.

Special Guests Emcees

Janice Ringhand | Wisconsin State Senator - 15th DistrictSun Feb 25, 2018 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Janice Ringhand, Wisconsin State Senator, District 15

Mark Spreitzer | WI State Representative, 45th AssemblySun Mar 4, 2018 – 12:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Mark Spreitzer, Wisconsin State Representative, 45th Assembly District

Ky Dickens, Director of Zero WeeksKy Dickens

Award winning filmmaker Ky Dickens is best known for her highly acclaimed documentary work, her emotionally compelling commercial reel and her endless list of questions.

Ky’s latest film ZERO WEEKS (2017), about America’s paid leave crisis, premiered the trailer at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, hosted by Oprah and Michelle Obama. The film is currently on the festival circuit, having premiered at DOC NYC, The Camden International Film Fest, The Portland Film fest and winning the award for best editing at Colorado International Film Festival. The film’s 20-state impact campaign is being coordinated by Working Films.

Ky received the Focus Award for “Achievement in Directing” from Women in Film.

In addition to her feature film work, Ky directs commercials for some of the biggest brands in America. Her clients include Tylenol, Sears, Hallmark, McDonald’s, Koehler, Purina, Huggies, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Wrangler. Ky is featured on the highly competitive “Free The Bid” list of the top recommended female directors in America. She is represented by STORY.TV (based in LA and Chicago). Ky graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Vanderbilt University. She lives in Chicago with her wife and daughter.

Film Information

Director: Ky Dickens
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 85 min
Rating: PG


Producer: Alexis Jaworski
Cinematographer: Michael Ognisanti
Editor: C.J. Arellano
Composer: Rachael Cantu
Illustrator: Aireen Arellano
Co-Producer: Amy McIntyre
Assistant Editor: Ashley Smith
Assistant Producer: Adina Kwasigroch
Production Coordinator: Kira Woods

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