Women in Blue
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Women in Blue

About the Film

With the national conversation around police reform still resonating loudly around the country, Women in Blue shines a spotlight on the women within the Minneapolis Police Department working to reform it from the inside by fighting for gender equity. Filmed from 2017 to 2020, the documentary focuses on MPD’s first female and openly gay police chief, Janée Harteau, and three of the women in her department as they each try to redefine what it means to protect and serve.   MORE

Women in Blue follows Harteau's uphill battle to reform her department as the city of Minneapolis, long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd in May of 2020, grapples with a troubled history of police misconduct and racism. Her efforts involve getting rid of corrupt police officers, re-training the rest, diversifying the ranks, and, crucially: recruiting more women and promoting them into leadership at every level. The film also follows three of these women from different ranks, each committed to reimagining their profession.

The Filmmaker

Deirdre Fishel is an independent filmmaker of both documentaries and dramas. Her films have premiered in competition at Sundance and SXSW and been broadcast in 35 countries worldwide. Her documentary Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 was also expanded into a book co-written with producer Diana Holtzberg. Recent projects include a web documentary Suicide On Campus, produced in conjunction with The New York Times Magazine, and a transmedia project, The Boy Game. Deirdre was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute and has an MFA from Hunter College. She is an Associate Professor of Media & Communication Arts at The City College of New York. LESS

Film Credits

A Mind’s Eye Production in association with InMaat Productions

A Film by
Deirdre Fishel

Directed by
Deirdre Fishel

Produced by
Beth Levison

Deirdre Fishel
Aideen Kane

Executive Produced by
Sally Jo Fifer
Gini Reticker
Lois Vossen

Edited by
Sunita Prasad
Christopher White

Original Score by
Chad Cannon

Title Design and Animation

Directors of Photography
Tom Bergmann
Eric Phillips-Horst

Sean Mattison
Mike Shum

Sergeant Alice White
Catherine “CJ” Johnson
Officer Erin Grabosky
Chief Janeé Harteau
Chief Melissa Chiodo

Nekima Levy-Armstrong
Chief Medaria Arradondo

Field Producer
Stephanie Mosher

Location Sound
Johnny Hagen
Eric Pagel

Supervising Producer
Shana Swanson

Production Accountant
Ameena Din

Additional Cinematography
Nick Clausen
Cy Dodson
Robert Durland
Matt Ehling
Jimmy Gildea
Jon Springer
Michael Sutz
Brennan Vance
Jim Zabilla

Additional Sound
Bernie Beaudry
Tom Colvin
Jim Morgan
Jennilee Park
Alek Roslik
Elizabeth Turner

Additional Field Producer
Laurie Stern

Production Manager
Kirsten Norr

Production Coordinators
Sabrina Yates
Sara Kim

Post Production Associate
Jessica Bermingham

Archival Researcher
Jasmine Cannon

Erica Ticknor

Assistant Editors
Rossana Gomes
David Bartner
Jonathan Leiner
Justin Rosen
Reid Zarker

Production Assistants
Erica Beebe
Emily Busch
Ashley Cook
Ariel Donahue
Emily Durben
Georgia Fort
Diego Luke
Katie G. Nelson
Bella Racklin
Erica Ticknor

DI Colorist / Post-Finishing Editor
Evan Anthony

Post-Production Picture Services
Goldcrest Post Productions New York

Supervising Sound Editor
Tony Volante

Co-Supervising Sound Editor/Re-recording Mixer
Daniel Timmons
Dialogue Editor
Giuseppe Cappello

Chief Sound Engineer
Avi Laniado

Sound Engineer
Joel Scheuneman

Senior Producer, Sound Post
Kelsea Wigmore

Producer, Sound Post
Joy Jacobson

Score Engineered & Mixed by Matthew Snyder
Score Editor: William Chen
Studio Manager, Allegro Recordings: Thu Nga Dan

Orchestrations by Daniel A. Brown, SunYoung Park & Chad Cannon
Additional Orchestration by Kate Diaz
Music Preparation by DB Music:
Daniel A. Brown, Jennifer Fagre-Golya, & Kevin Bodhipaksha

Score recorded February 2020 @ Allegro Recordings in Burbank, CA, under contract with the American Federation of Musicians, Local 47, Los Angeles

Mark Robertson
Stephanie Yu
Ashoka Thiagarajan
SunYoung Park

Andrew Duckles
Jonah Sirota

Garik Terzian
Niall Taro Ferguson

Stephen Pfeifer

Catherine Baker
Alexandra Miller

Chris Stoutenborough
Jonathan Sacdalan

Alison Bjorkedal
Cristina Montes Mateo

Chad Cannon

Orchestra Contractor
Noah Gladstone

Session Coordinator
Sean Gehricke

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Additional Legal Services
Documentary Film Legal Clinic at UCLA Law

Taylor & Taylor Associates

Grant Writer
Tony Heriza

Advisory Board
Dr. Tracie Keesee
Lt. Sallie Norris
Katherine Spillar

Archival Materials Courtesy of
AP Images
Footage From ‘COPS’ Courtesy of Twentieth Television. All rights reserved.
Minnesota Historical Society / Corbis Historical / Getty Images
Star Tribune / Getty Images

Additional Materials by
Al Jazeera
CBS Evening News
CBS/60 minutes
City of Minneapolis
City Pages
Global News
Huffington Post
Minneapolis Police Department
New York Times
Star Tribune
The UpTake
WCCO - CBS Minnesota
YouTube user kknyoike

I Can Breathe Now Mural
Xena Goldman
Cadex Herrara
Greta McLain

Icon of a Revolution Mural
Peyton Scott Russel

Say Their Names Cemetery
Anna Barber
Connor Wright

In Honor of
Thurman Blevins
Jamar Clark
Justine Damond
George Floyd

Special Thanks
Brittney Adams
Commander Charlie Adams
Kris Arneson
Anika Bowie
Communities United Against Police Brutality
Penelope Falk
Imani Jaafar
Lucia and Maeve Fishel
Laura Goodman
Greater Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church
Officer Cheryl Green
Rose Vincelli Gustine
Sgt. Darcy Horn
IFP Spotlight on Documentaries
Justice for Justine
Officer Vicki Karnik
Lesli Klainberg
James Lockridge
Sgt. Catherine Michal
Molly Miles
Minneapolis City Council
Officer Nicole Murray
Burt T. Osborne
Leslie Redmond
Henry, Ben and Gabe Sidel
Jason Sole
Jean Tsien
Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar

Fiscal Sponsor
Women Make Movies

Funding Provided by
International Documentary Association - Enterprise Documentary Fund
Mary D. Fisher
Ruth Ann Harnisch
The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s Made in NY Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund through the New York Foundation for the Arts
Bill and Michelle Pohlad
Tribeca Film Institute - Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
Patty Quillin
Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund
Kelley Skumautz
Anita Davis

Original Series Funding Provided by
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts


This film was produced by Blue Pictures LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

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Do you think the women police officers in this film are doing the right thing in how they're trying to police differently? Could they be doing more to "police the police"? Was there anything that shocked you in Women in Blue?
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Do you think the women police officers in this film are doing the right thing in how they're trying to police differently? Could they be doing more to "police the police"? Was there anything that shocked you in Women in Blue?