Core Girls


Molly Burns-Hansen

My name is Molly  and I am a TVbyGIRLS core member. I love TVBG because it is an outlet for me that touches all aspects of my life. In TVBG, I get to discuss history, approach race, class, and gender conflicts head on, and create some of the best pieces of art I’ve been able to put my name on.

In TVBG I do a lot of work involving music. Scoring our movies is one of my favorite things to do. I love translating human emotion into sound. There’s something so magical about the way sounds and feelings correlate.

I’ve always known I want to change the world, but TVBG has helped me see specifically how I will do so. While working on our human trafficking piece, “Invisible”, I interviewed a woman who ran a shelter for women leaving the sex trade. After talking with her, I realized that I want to put an end to sexual violence- and the way to do that is through sexual health education.

My favorite activity is discussing the concepts of body image, community building, and the improvement of early childhood education. I plan to because a Public Health Educator and, hopefully, put an end to human trafficking.


Bella Martinez

My name is Bella, I’m a junior in St. Paul. I’m originally from New York but have spent many years in Mexico. I love writing poetry and using words to express myself and before my experience at TVbyGIRLS, I had never worked with film before. TVbyGIRLS is a unique organization where I can come to talk about things I can’t always talk about in other places. I’ve been a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and it’s been a real opportunity to use a new medium to send a message. The wonderful and diverse young women with whom I work and learn from every week leave me feeling inspired and motivated after every meeting. I know that TVbyGIRLS is going to do great things to make the world a better place for young women everywhere.



Hello, my name is Thryn (Short for Kathryn).  I’m a Senior but I”ve been a part of TVbyGIRLS since I was in Junior High.  Ever since I was young, I’ve been involved in politics and social justice because of my parents.  It was my mother that first told me about TVbyGIRLS.  I’ve really grown up a lot in my time with Barbara and the  other girls.  TVbyGIRLS has always given me an opportunity to not only learn more about the world but also about myself.

I’ve never met a group of people that more understood concepts of intersectionality, and the importance of breaking down societal norms. I’ve identified as a lesbian for most of my time with TVbyGIRLS and I’ve always been encouraged to share my perspective as a queer girl when we work on projects where it is relevant. This has helped me critically contemplate that aspect of my identity and what it means in many different contexts.

While I’ve never done anything else with the film based arts, I’ve learned through TVbyGIRLS it can be a powerful tool in creating social change. Barbara and the girls have also been an incredible support for me in all aspects of my life. I’m going to school to work in conservation biology, and they whole heartedly cheer me on.


Serena web pict.

Whenever I work on a film project I am overcome with a sense of complete control and harmony. When I first joined TVbyGirls, I not only fell in love the work we did, I fell in love with the people. I was taken into a community that valued two of my passions, film and social justice. At TVbyGirls, we are able to convert conversations into images that tell a larger story. This group affiliation taught me not only to exercise my creativity but how to create better results by working with a team.

As I hear about different people’s struggles and experience I often discover that their path and current place in the world differed from their original destination. For me, film has been a part of my journey and I believe it’s my destination. Film has become the foundation of everything I do, guiding me to explore other interests and further develop a love for learning. Through filmmaking I have learned and taught that each one of us looks at life through a certain lens. That lens can differ from day to day, or that lens may always be present. Whether it be race, class, gender, religion we make decisions based on these lenses.

Film has helped me explore these diverse aspects of life through both a literal and metaphoric lens and TVbyGirls has given me the tools, motivation and strength to do so.



Hi! My name is Mariah, and I am a Senior in high school. I am a fairly new member to TVbyGIRLS, and had never worked with film prior to my introduction to this wonderful organization. I was born and raised in St. Louis Park. One of my biggest passions are the arts, specifically I love to sing and play the piano. While I have always been interested in social justice and politics, I have grown immensely throughout my time with Barbara and the girls. I have become much more aware of myself and the world around me, and am filled with the inspiration of these fantastic young women. TVbyGIRLS is an amazing outlet, it allows me to express myself through media and create social change and awareness. Next year I will be attending college and getting my undergraduates degree in child and developmental psychology







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