LOS ANGELES — Ambitious girls of yore looking for role models among successful and accomplished women might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a social justice champion.
And then there was Altina Schinasi, the subject of a new documentary feature, “Altina,” directed by her filmmaker grandson Peter Sanders.
“Tina” grew up among the opulent splendor of a New York mansion, became a painter and innovative sculptor, then an Oscar-nominated film producer, inventor, business executive, advocate for refugees fleeing the Nazis and backer of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The new feature on her life was shown last month in New York City and Beverly Hills, Calif.; future screenings are planned for Washington, DC.