Dana Michelle Cook and Katie Wilkes are telling stories of women making change
Looking at our social media newsfeeds, mobile CNN alerts, and TV screens, it’s hard to ignore. That sinking feeling of darkness living in so many corners of the world. That more harm is being done than good these days. That we, as women, seem to still be chasing our own desire just be seen and heard amidst it all.
We’ve seen the other side firsthand. Katie Wilkes, a humanitarian and media specialist, has stood with disaster survivors witnessing their strength carrying them through the darkest of times. Dana Michelle Cook, a documentary filmmaker and television producer, has witnessed young girls discovering the power of their voice through her previous film The Empowerment Project.
As creators ourselves, it’s our duty and calling to bring the stories of hope and progress to life. Just last year, we decided to sync our joint love of storytelling and start Freeheart Creative.
Because we know there will never be a shortage of amazing women doing great work to make the world a better place, we’re capturing those moments in a digital documentary series featuring those brave souls. We’ve traveled from Chicago to Kenya to Rwanda seeing the beauty born from hardship before our own eyes.
These stories of women making change? They’re right there under our noses. They just need to be … illuminated. (Perhaps you’re already one of them!)
And the real beauty? We can keep sharing these stories for a long time to inspire women that yes, we can all do our part to make a difference.
This is both of our dreams coming to life, and both of our free hearts anxious to free other hearts however we can.
Katie Wilkes and Dana Michelle Cook are the founders of Freeheart Creative. They both call Chicago home in between their frequent travels. Find out more about the documentary series, Seeing Brave, at freeheartcreative.com.