The New Woman: Annie Londonderry debuts at DC Independent Film Festival

Spokeswoman Productions Announces

World Premiere of The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky

A Short Documentary Film at the DC Independent Film Festival

MONDAY, MARCH 11TH, 6:30PM: Naval Heritage Center


The New Woman: Annie Londonderry

Washington, DC, March 7, 2013 – The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky will screen at the DC Independent Film Festival on Monday, March 11th, 2013 at the Naval Heritage Center, followed by a Q&A and reception after the screening.  The documentary short-film by director Gillian K. Willman, resurrects the incredible odyssey of Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky, a daring entrepreneur, athlete, and celebrated globetrotter, and introduces her, for the first time in 119 years, to American audiences. The evening is co-sponsored by Docs in Progress and the Washington Area Bicyclists Association.

In 1894, this 23-year old Jewish immigrant and mother of three changed the world for women by climbing aboard a 42-pound bicycle and setting off from the tenements of Boston to circle the globe. Annie’s journey was more than one of miles—she left in full skirts as a nineteenth century housewife and returned in bloomers as a celebrated (and controversial) heroine of a new era.

At the time, The New York World called her trip “the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman” and said it marked the birth of “the new woman”—independent, dynamic, and free. But for over a century, Annie’s extraordinary story has remained practically unknown, lost somewhere along the dusty corridors of women’s history. Until now. The film shows how, by sheer force of will and bravado, Annie achieved the impossible.

Historical reenactments, beautifully restored archival footage, newspaper accounts, and dozens of original animations bring Annie’s story to life. The documentary is based on Around the World on Two Wheels, a book by Peter Zheutlin, Annie’s great-grandnephew, who also features prominently in the film.

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Director, Producer, Writer, Editor of “The New Woman: Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky


The New Woman is the directorial debut for Washington, DC filmmaker Gillian K. Willman and has been a seven-year long labor of love. In addition to producing this independent documentary, Gillian is also Producer / Writer at Cortina Productions, a multimedia production company, where she has written, directed, and produced video and interactive content for more than a dozen cultural institutions, including presentations in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Tolerance, the Capitol Visitor Center, the Sports Museum of

America, and the Lincoln Cottage Visitor Education Center.

Gillian has played a key role in the research and production of several long and short form documentary projects, including Peter Jennings Reporting: Guantanamo, Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report, and Discovery Education’s “The Science of Plants.” She is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Ben, daughter, Leila, and cats, Lucy and Oscar. She is originally from Saddle River, NJ.



The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky (a documentary trailer) from Gillian Willman on Vimeo.

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