SunDay  |  Screen 2  |  2:00 pm

The Film

Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates. By 2020, there will be one million unfilled software engineering jobs in the USA. Through compelling interviews, artistic animation and clever flashpoints in popular culture, CODE  documentary examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis. Expert voices from the worlds of tech, psychology, science, and education are intercut with inspiring stories of women who are engaged in the fight to challenge complacency in the tech industry and have their voices heard. CODEaims to inspire change in mindsets, in the educational system, in start-up culture and in the way women see themselves in the field of coding.

Prior to the showing, Lincoln native Elizabeth (Pegram) Leake will be with us on Sunday, October 16 at 1:50 p.m. to welcome guests to the Lincoln Film Fest’s viewing of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. Elizabeth works as a research computing consultant and correspondent for the global performance technology industry.  After the show, she will lead a discussion at By the Bean for those who would like to learn more about her experience as an advocate for women and girls who CODE. 

Run time: 1 hr 20 mins


Cast & Credits




Director of

Story Consultant





Robin Hauser Reynolds

Staci Hartman / Christie Herring

Cassandra Jabola

Jon Blomgren

Jack Youngelson

Christie Herring

Molly Schwartz

Laura Karpman /
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

The Artist

Professor Claude Steele says it takes about a generation to change a stereotype. As director of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, Robin Hauser Reynolds  hopes to inspire our audience to begin that change. Change in the way our school system values computer science education; change in the way we think of a programmer; change in the way women and people of color view themselves in the tech field. 

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