Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road
a three-part documentary series for broadcast by Katrina Parks
“Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road” is a documentary film series that uncovers the extraordinary lives and achievements of women who overcame gender discrimination and segregation to build fulfilling lives for themselves and generations to come on America’s most iconic highway. From entrepreneurs to waitresses, from anthropologists to politicians, from artists to military sergeants, these women transformed their communities and the American West for the better through their hard work, perseverance and ingenuity.
This film series is in post-production thanks to two grants from the National Park Service’s Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and grants from Arizona, California, Missouri, New Mexico and Oklahoma State Humanities Councils. The producers are searching for finishing funds. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how you can support the project or simply make a donation using the link on this page.
Producer / director Katrina Parks is drawn to projects that highlight strong women and enrich our culture and environment. She has produced programs for A&E, Discovery Channel, Food Network, Fox, History, Lifetime, PBS, Travel Channel and TLC. The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound” is Parks’ full-length directorial debut. The film premiered at the National Archives in June 2013 and was distributed by American Public Television to PBS stations nationally. The film has also had a very successful museum and historic theater run. Katrina Parks’ short film “Wrappings”, which she wrote and directed, won a SASA Award from the United Nations. Parks has a BFA from the University of New Mexico in painting and drawing, and an MFA from San Francisco State University in Film Production. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, a volunteer for Moms Demand Action and a board member for California PTSA.