Thursday, October 20, 2011

RG rocks the Film Festival scene!

Reel Grrls films have been invited to screen at some very exciting places recently! Here's a small sampling:

Last week RG filmmaker Shannon MacIntyre represented at The 15th Annual Tower of Youth Film Festival/North American Youth Film & Education Day in Sacramento, California. The animated film she created with her sister Kia MacIntyre and Jooniper Morales, Mamma Knows Best, was featured there and Shannon spoke about it afterwards at a panel that was televised live (check her out on the big screen in the photo below)!

This coming weekend, Reel Grrls is all up in the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (SLGFF)! On Saturday Oct 22nd at 12:30pm at Pacific Place Cinema catch Relativity, a short documentary exploring gender and gender norms. The video was created in last spring's Lights Camera Reel Grrls intro program, in which we partnered with NOVA highschool's social justice class. Filmmaker Angeline Blattenbauer will be in attendance, and if we're lucky we may also see co-directors Finbar and Ellen Vickrey in the Q&A session after the screening.

In that same program, you'll also see The Cherdonna and Lou Show: the Movie, a film created by Reel Grrls staff and mentors for last year's International Documentary Challenge (a timed filmmaking competition). This lively experimental doc was featured as a finalist in the competition, and tells the story of two Seattle dancers that defy classification. Buy tickets to "Local Produce," the Saturday screening featuring both films, right here.

But that's not all!! On Sunday at SLGFF the films created this summer in Reel Queer Youth, a partnership program between Reel Grrls and Three Dollar Bill Cinema that teaches filmmaking to queer and allied youth of all genders, will screen at 12pm at Pacific Place (tickets here). The filmmakers will be in attendance, and Reel Queer Youth Tshirts will be on sale. These films are truly incredible, you do not want to miss them!

Next month, Reel Grrls also has the honor of being featured in the Teen Division of the Young People's Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Five of our films will be screening there, including the animated Girl With Birds and the short documentary Who We Are:

Who We Are from ReelGrrls Workshops on Vimeo.

Who We Are was created in our very first Documentary Arts Camp last spring by five young women from Mt. Vernon. In the film, the girls tell their stories of what it's like to be a migrant worker. They're currently in the process of expanding these stories into a longer documentary. We can't wait to see it when it's finished! With the support of their community, all five Mt. Vernon filmmakers will be traveling to Portland to attend the festival. Dova Isabel CastaƱeda Zilly, writer and co-creator of Girl With Birds, will also be in attendance there. It should be awesome!

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming festivals. Thanks for supporting grrl-made media!!

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