The Trouble With Betty


How can feminism get out of its own way and achieve systemic progress? This is the question motivating The Trouble with Betty, a fully archival film that will use never-before-heard interviews to spotlight the controversial story of Betty Friedan and show the complications in change-making for women, historically and today.

Phase of Support: Development

Elizabeth Wolff

Elizabeth Wolff - Director, Producer

Elizabeth specializes in propulsive character- and archive- driven documentaries. With Liz Garbus, Elizabeth directed and produced the 2020 HBO documentary series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, based on the best-selling book of the same name. She produced Bobby Kennedy for President, a 2018 Netflix original directed by Dawn Porter, which explores the life and death of Robert F. Kennedy using rare and never-before-seen archive. She adapted Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant into a six-hour hybrid documentary (History Channel, 2020) and served as producer on Among the Stars, a limited series about NASA (Disney+, 2021). Wolff began her career as a reporter for the New York Post and studied U.S. History and Literature at Wesleyan University.

Holly Meehl Chapman

Holly Meehl Chapman - Producer

For the past eight years, Holly has produced award-winning narrative and documentary features through her company, Lunamax Films. Recent credits include the feature documentary, Jacinta (dir. Jessica Earnshaw), which launched to critical acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2020 and won the Albert Maysles Best New Documentary Director Award. The film was acquired by ABC News and released as a Hulu Original in 2021. Through Lunamax, Holly also produced the New York Times Critics’ Pick, For the Birds (dir. Richard Miron) and festival favorite romantic comedy, In Reality (dir. Ann Lupo). Holly’s co-producing credits include the feature docs (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (dir. Yael Melamede) and Love Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter (dir. Rebecca Halpern). Holly was an Impact Partners Producing Fellow and named one of Doc NYCs “40 under 40” in 2020. She studied Creative Writing and Film Studies at Vanderbilt University.

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