Today at 2:00pm, March, 19 the 3rd
Annual SFC Women's Film Festival begins with screenings of inspiring films from
around the world, a panel discussion on the Past, Present, and Future of
Women's Film Production, and an opening reception.
(Watch the SFCTV
Preview of the 3rd Annual Women's Film Festival)
The Festival opens with a live musical screening
of Shoes (1916) by silent film director Lois Weber, one of the
biggest directors of the era. Weber is known for her films about women,
families, and social problems. Shoes will be accompanied on piano
by internationally acclaimed silent film accompanist Ben Model.
AN international collection of other films will
screened on opening night beginning at 6:00pm including, UR DEAD TO ME, a
short drama that explores the theme of grief people experience after
relationships end, directed by New Zealander Yonoko Li. THE ROAD LESS
TRAVELED, by SFC alumna Marissa Plaia '17, is the personal story of a
young creative woman who graduates from college and works hard to overcome the
obstacles of cerebral palsy to live a full and meaningful life.
Other films include: NOTHING A LITTLE SOAP AND WATER CAN'T FIX, examines the history of experimental film,
Hollywood tropes, and the representation of women in cinema. It was directed
by Jennifer Proctor, a filmmaker, artist, and professor of Journalism
and Screen Studies at the University of Michigan. FAMILY REWRITTEN, the story of
an unlikely family created by the foster care system, directed by Yasmin
Mistry, an Emmy-nominated animator and filmmaker. Scottish director Theresa
Hoffe's film SPINOSAURUS tells the story of two children making
their way in the adult world; and Canadian director Josephine Massarella's
experimental film 165708, which is a transporting work filled
with layered color, texture and a beautiful score.
LGBTQ COMES OUT TO SFC, by Concetta D'Angelo and Michele Montecalvo
highlights the college's LGBTQ community, while LAYMUN is the
story of a gardener in Syria who fights destruction around her with
life-giving plants, directed
by UK animator Catherine Prowse.
Prior to the opening night screening, the
festival will host a panel discussion on THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF
WOMEN'S FILMMAKING; featuring Immy Humes, an academy award-nominated
documentarian; Theresa Loong, an interactive media director, producer, and
educator who creates intergenerational storytelling experiences through the use
of films, games, and apps; and Kate Saccone, the project manager of the digital
resource, the Women Film Pioneers
Project at Columbia University.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Monday, March 19 - FOUNDERS HALL
- 2:00pm - Screening of Shoes (1916) by silent film director Lois Weber with live piano accompaniment by the amazing Ben Model
- 4:00pm - Panel on the Past, Present, and Future of Women's Film Production with:
- Academy Award nominee Immy Humes,
- VR Innovator Theresa Loong, and
- Kate Saccone of the Women Film Pioneer's Project at Columbia University
- 5:15pm - Opening Reception
- 6:00pm - Screening
Program 1 Film Schedule
ur dead to me
The Road Less Traveled
Nothing a Little Soap & Water Can't Fix
LGBTQ Comes Out to SFC
Tuesday, March 20- FOUNDERS HALL
- 11:10am - Social Media Charm School, a workshop on how to craft your personal brand in social media led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia
- 1:20-3:20pm - Pitch Workshop led by Seed & Spark crowdfunding guru Christina Raia. Learn how to pitch your film or business from a pitch master
- 3:30-4:30pm - Screening Program #2
- 4:30-6:00pm - From #MeToo to #ActToo: Taking Action for Culture Change - Callahan Center
- Join Mary Iannone (Breakthrough US) & Urvashi Gandhi (Breakthrough India) representatives from Breakthrough, a global human rights nonprofit, to discuss the future of #MeToo in both the United States and India. They'll discuss how to turn this powerful moment into a sustainable movement to create real culture change. Iannone and Gandhi will run through workshop ideas for daily actions anyone can take to change our environments, disrupt gender norms, and help to ensure no one else ever has to say #MeToo.
Wednesday, March 21 - FOUNDERS HALL
- 11:30am-1:00pm - Rising Up: #GALSNGEAR presents Global Perspectives on the Celluloid Ceiling
- Editor Meaghan Wilbur from 2 Dope Queens (HBO & NPR)
- 1:20pm - Screening Program #3
- 3:00pm - Making Media for Social Change: Screening & Panel with
- documentary Filmmaker Lisa Russell, who will be screening Heroines of Health,
- and Leslie Wright from the Zonta Club of New York, who will introduce an excerpt from Little Stones by Sophia Cruz.
Thursday, March 22 FOUNDERS HALL
- 12:00pm - Experimental Shorts Program curated by Roberta Bonisson
- 1:20pm - Breaking Boundaries: VR & Immersive Story Telling Panel with
- Lisa Russell
- Christian Delsol
- Ellen Pearlman
- 2:30pm - VR Viewing
- 3:30pm - Panel - Filmmaking & entrepreneurship: Manage your Entertainment Business with
- Thembisa Mshaka,
- Lauren Magura of Cinematcher, and
- Marie-Helene Carleton of ScreeningRoom.org
- 4:30pm - Screening Program #5
- 5:30pm - Awards Ceremony
- 6:30pm - Reception
Thank you to Academic Affairs, The Communication Arts Department, The Center for Entrepreneurship, The Honors Program and the Women and Gender Studies Minor for making this possible!
The St. Francis College Women's Film Festival announces its 3rd annual festival, featuring a selection of short films that celebrate women's creativity and brings together female filmmakers from across the globe.
The festival will feature films in the areas of documentary, narrative, animation, and virtual reality.
Highlights of the festival include a screening of the silent film master Lois Weber's Shoes (1916) with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model. There will also be panel discussions on the past, present, and future of women's media production, how to maximize you social media presence and pitch your project from Seed and Spark, and a demonstration of virtual reality.
"The best way to experience a film festival is to be there," said festival Director and Co-Founder Augusta Palmer. "The networking and sharing of ideas creates a vibrant community that is bigger than the sum of the individual filmmakers and films. Women's rights are human rights, and women's media production is important to all of us, regardless of gender. This celebration of women is open and accessible to all."
The festival is committed to creating an artistic and social dialogue among women and supporting emerging and established female filmmakers. It is a collaborative creation of the Communication Arts Department, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Women's and Gender Studies Minor and the Office of the College's Academic Dean.
The Festival is supported by Seed and Spark, The Alamo Drafthouse, Screening Room.com, a platform where filmmakers upload cuts and get feedback on their work, Cinematcher, an app for finding jobs and opportunities in film, TV, and digital media, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), a platform that connects artists with essential resources, and has partnered with the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.
St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201