FUNNY LADIES has been described as "splendid," "delectable," "delightful," and "a film you wish would never end" by The Los Angeles TimesMs.Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The San Francisco ExaminerWOMEN OF MYSTERY inspired an innovative program in public libraries across the country. Two years after its completion, Booklist declared it one of 10 “outstanding” videos from the previous five years. Inspired by the success of WOMEN OF MYSTERY, MYSTERIOUS CALIFORNIA was produced in 2007 to launch a new public program for the California Center for the Book. The film invites readers on a rich visual journey through the distinctive California landscapes of four crime novels and on an intimate exploration of universal themes: the love of land, the importance of knowing personal and social history, the desire for truth and justice, and the power of place to inspire story. Pamela's newly completed film, Something Like a Sabbatical (2015) is the wise, funny and inspiring story of Riverside businesswoman Sue Mitchell's bold decision to give herself the gift of time to answer the question she had asked herself since she was in high school. Could she be an artist?

Pamela has written articles, personal essays and interviews for The Los Angeles Times, Release Print, International Documentary and American Libraries Magazine. In 1989, she was awarded a WREI Congressional Fellowship on Women & Public Policy, which allowed her to work with Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder. 

Born in Japan, Pamela Beere Briggs spent the first decade of her life in the port city of Kobe. Her story “The Truth About Crickets” is set in 1967 just before she moved “home” to the U.S. and appears in the exciting new anthology How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit: True Stories of Expat Women in Asia (Signal 8 Press). She is currently writing a series of historical novels for middle grade readers set in 1941-1944.


Films by Pamela Beere Briggs

Funny Ladies: A Portrait of Women Cartoonists

WHY are so few women in the comics pages? That question becomes even more provocative as we watch four smart and witty role models -- Cathy Guisewite, Nicole Hollander, Lynda Barry and "Brenda Starr's" Dale Messick -- share their creative process. Viewers will find themselves looking at the comics, and the world, in a new way.

Women of Mystery

Between the covers of crime novels, fictional detectives are grappling with the very issues society needs to face. Intriguingly, the female detective often sees what the male detective doesn't notice or believe.

"The biggest changes in the detective fiction genre over the past quarter-century occured when American women like Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton and others entered the field and the convention of Heroic Man rescuing Helpless Maiden had to be overhauled." -- Marilyn Stasio, editor and reviewer of the New York Times' Crime column (9/22/13)