2014 GLOW


In 2014, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Arts Council and to generous partner organizations and individual contributors, KCWIFT produced “GLOW,” a short documentary on Girls Leading Our World, Inc. GLOW is a Kansas City-based nonprofit whose mission is to educate and equip girls and young women with strategies for life, leadership, and personal and professional growth.

Since KCWIFT’s mission is to empower, promote, and mentor women in media, this film was a perfect partnership for both organizations. During the production of the short film, GLOW’s girls not only gained insight into the business of filmmaking but also drew inspiration from the film’s director and editor, Cara Myers, founder of Vespera films.

KCWIFT is excited to share GLOW’s story and we are happy to report that, following the making of the documentary, GLOW has grown the ranks of its caring adult mentors and volunteers, has extended outreach through the film’s premiere at the Screenland Crown Center Theatre and subsequent film festival screenings, and was able to take the girls to the Mall of America on a summer road trip that was a mix of fun, skill development, and team building.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the making of this film–you are making a difference in the GLOW girls’ lives! You can continue to support GLOW through donations of simple supplies, such as notebooks and journals, by donating your time as a one-time guest speaker, by volunteering on a regular or ad hoc basis, or by giving of your resources. To inquire about how you can help, visit the Contact Us page of GLOW’s website. And to download the film, click on the title in the video player above to navigate to Vimeo.

special thanks to

Alex and Cindy Stinard

Amanda & Scott Jolley

Amber Rapp

Angela Elam

Angie Storms

Annie Walsh

Barbie Pemberton

Blue Iguana Productions, Inc

Bob Walsh

Butch Rigby

Cara Myers

Carolyn Wyrick

Cathy Runyan-Svacina

Cathy Stevens

Cindi Rogers

Cindy Tsutsumi


Cliff Kroski

Collin Martin

Cynthia Saddler

Denise Provencher

Douglas Allen

Dr. Amy Harris-Hartsfield

Dr. Wallace Hartsfield II

Francisco Miguel Litardo


Harvest Productions

Hillary Larson

Janet Sunderland

Jennifer Underwood

Jerry Rapp

Johanna Brooks

John Shipp

Jonathon DeMonte

Julia Adriano

Kathy Hanis

Katy Walsh Franzen

Kevin McKinney

Kevin Mullin

L.D. McClelland

LaVeeda Simmons

Lights On KC

Linda Wiedmaier

Lonita Cook

Lydia Boehr De Monte

Lyn Elliot

Marcy Quiason

Marianne Smith Getchell

Mary Adriano

Mary C. Taylor


Meagan Flynn Mesmer

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church

Michael McDonald

Michelle Davidson

Mike Webb

Misty Dixon

Monica Espinosa

Nadine Mummaw

Penni Stone

Reba Thomas

Rosalind Johnson

Sarah Eckels McCoy

Sam Billen

Scott Stacy

Sharon Rodriguez

Stacey Rhymes

Stacy Rich

Tamara Falicov

Teresa Zvolanek Badgerow

The Missouri Arts Council

Trevor Martin

UMKC Communication Studies Department

Whispering Prairie Press

Yve Rojas



Girls Leading Our WorldVespera Films

The Missouri Arts Council