Director Biography – Alison Chace (UNDER THE SAME SKY)

Director Statement

Documentary filmed during COVID-19 unites women around the world

Today’s world is more connected than ever, but we often feel so divided. Under The Same Sky, a new documentary from executive producer Alison Chace, aims to bridge that divide.

In the film, 22 women from 20 countries share insights on defining love, developing potential, and bouncing back from self-doubt. Speaking in their native tongues, these women offer their take on the same five questions. Joining Chace to form a three-woman team is cinematographer Anna Andersen as filmmaker and editor, and actress Lucie Fleming as producing partner.

Under The Same Sky, featuring women from China to Australia to Mexico, was filmed when worldwide mandates kept people in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team behind the documentary got creative, interviewing the women over Zoom, and incorporating footage they shot from their daily lives, rounded out with inspirational footage. Each interview is accompanied by English subtitles.

Under The Same Sky’s audience is largely women in Western countries, but with this film, the team also aims to reach women in Africa and the Middle East. The team hopes to capture the hearts of women in their late 20s to early 60s.

Through the documentary, viewers will be transported into a collective “we” of experience alongside problem-solvers and champions of other women who have faced down their own fears — and won. The 20 women reveal regardless of race, religion, culture, or socioeconomic status, all women experience common pressures. Women around the globe overcome adversity day by day, and the team behind Under The Same Sky believes if others could hear their stories, they just might be inspired to overcome, too.

Indian stylist Holly Schema sparked the idea for Under The Same Sky. She left an abusive marriage in Mumbai and came to the United States with her teenage son. Chace, also an actress and entrepreneur, met Schema in a New York City salon. Schema was non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic, and in her stylist chair, receiving blowouts for auditions, Chace divulged her relationship tribulations as a 40-something single mom. Schema offered incredible humor, advice, and support, while relating her own dating stories and opinions on relationships.

When Chace launched an online community with advice on relationships and careers from female experts, called Pink Wisdom, she thought it would be neat to feature Schema, speaking in Hindi with subtitles. That sparked the idea to interview women from other countries, creating a global thread of love and female support.

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