Women's Film Festivals in Hawaii & Denver-
SWAN Screenings in Nashville & New York
Our celebration of Support Women Artists Now/SWAN Month continues in this issue with articles about women's film festivals in Hawaii and Denver and special SWAN screenings of documentaries in New York and Nashville.
We have over 140 events on the SWAN Calendar so far. Be sure to add yours if you want to be included in the list we will mail out on our official SWAN Day, March 29!
Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking Present
Women Of Wonders Film Festival
Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking are celebrating SWAN Day this year with their second Women Of Wonders Film Festival on March 29 and 30. The 2-day festival presents films directed by women that highlight and celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women in Hawai'i and around the world.
All the films are free (donations welcomed) and begin at 6 pm at The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nu'uanu Avenue in Honolulu, Hawaii. Donations will be used to fund scholarships for their 2014 Summer Reel Camps for Girls, which provide girls with training in basic filmmaking and animation.
Three SWAN Day Films about Hawaiian Women
On SWAN Day, Saturday March 29, 2014, Women of Wonders will feature three films about Hawaiian women. Happy Birthday, Tutu Ruth by Ann Marie Kirk is the story of 90- year-old Ruth Makaila Kaholoa'a, a force of nature from Waipio Valley on Hawai'i island. This film vividly captures the spirit and strength of this beautiful Hawaiian woman as she shares stories of her life and of Waipi'o Valley.(View trailer) Kai Wahine by Ann Marie Kirk Kai Wahine tells the story of the women who participate in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Canoe Race, which is a 41 mile outrigger race across the Ka Iwi ocean channel, from the island of Moloka'i to O'ahu.
In E Haku Inoa filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez, a young multi-racial Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) woman, sets out to discover the meaning of her incredibly lengthy Hawaiian name from her estranged mother whose diagnosis as schizophrenic in the 80′s caused their family separation. Christen discovers not only herself within the name, but gains a whole new perspective on the idea of sanity and how cultural differences can sometimes muddle its definition. (View Trailer)
On Sunday the festival will feature six short films. You can read the descriptions on the festival website.
Created in 2011, Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking offers monthly gatherings of filmmakers, summer filmmaking camps for girls, the annual Women of Wonders film festival, and a variety of other educational activities. For more information, please visit: http://hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org/ Denver's Women + Film VOICES Festival Presents Women-centric Films
Denver'sWomen+Film VOICES Film Festivalis an annual week-long showcase of documentaries, features and short films celebrating the best in women-centric programming - either films written or directed by women or films by men that focus on women characters such as the Oscar-nominated "August: Osage County."
Presented as part of the Starz Denver Film Festival, VOICES includes screenings of 10 feature-length films and 19 shorts, as well as salon discussions, special guests and receptions to highlight stories of women around the world. Please visit their website for the full schedule of films.
The festival will include the 3-D film, American Mustang, about a young woman's quest to protect wild horses in the American West, as well as films such as Bettina Oberli's Lovely Louise, about an octogenarian who was once a would-be Hollywood diva; Cecelia Peck's Brave Miss World, about a rape survivor who speaks out about the global attitudes toward rape and the harsh reality rape survivors face; Papuza directed by Joanna Kos and Krzysztof Krauz, about a Roma poetess who is ostracized by her community; and Chloe Robichaud's Sarah Prefers to Run, about a woman who is more passionate about running than anything else.
There are video clips for almost all of the films on the Women + Film VOICES Festival website, and the guest speakers and discussions related to the films also look excellent. "The Supreme Price" Explores Women's Challenges in Nigeria
Six powerful New York organizations will join together to celebrate SWAN Day with a screening of The Supreme Price, Joanna Lipper's documentary about efforts to increase women's political power in Nigeria.
The Supreme Price tells the story of Hafsat Abiola. Her father was elected President of Nigeria in 1993 but he was jailed in a military coup before he was inaugurated and later died in prison. Her mother was assassinated by agents of the military.
After living abroad, Hafsat returns to Nigeria to face the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy that will serve all of Nigeria's people, including women - the country's most marginalized population. View the extended trailer.
Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the filmmaker and a reception. Joanna Lipper is an award winning filmmaker, photographer, author and lecturer at Harvard University, where she teachers Using Film for Social Change. Her Point of View Presents "Granny's Got Game" in Nashville
A new women's arts organization in Nashville, Tennessee called Her Point of View is celebrating SWAN Day on March 25 by presenting Granny's Got Game by Angela Gorsica Alford, an inspiring full-length documentary about a senior women's basketball team in North Carolina. Showtimes are available on the Belcourt Theatre website.
In Granny's Got Game a group of fiercely competitive women in their seventies battle physical limitations and social stigma to keep doing what they love. They played girls' basketball in the 1950s but stopped after high school as there were no places for women to keep playing in those pre-Title IX days.
The team has had great success together over the last two decades, winning many medals in senior games tournaments across the country. Just like many younger sports teams, this one includes a bossy captain, a guard who never runs the plays correctly, a tentative post-player, and a bench-warmer who wants to play more than anyone. The film follows them for a yearlong season culminating in a nearly disastrous trip to the National Senior Games Championship in Houston, Texas. View the trailer.
Her Point of View is dedicated to presenting arts and entertainment created from a woman's point of view. Later this year, Her Point of View plans to present four-day international film festivals in Nashville, Austin, and Chicago, complete with workshops, panels, fine art, live music events, and networking mixers. To learn more about Her Point of View and their inaugural film festivals, or to submit your film for future programming consideration, please visit www.herpointofview.tv.
Six powerful New York organizations will do a joint SWAN Day screening of The Supreme Price, Joanna Lipper's film about women in Nigeria.
Granny's Got Game in Nashville
Women Basketball Players
Nashville's Her Point of View presents Granny's Got Game, a film about a team of senior women basketball players..
Volunteer at a SWAN Event
If you don't have time to organize a SWAN event of your own, but you would like to be a part of someone else's event, browse through the SWAN Calendar and look for the events that have a red asterisk (*) on the bottom line of the description box. If the event has an asterisk, it means the organizers are looking for volunteers.
Some groups are looking for artists to participate and some are looking for ushers and other help on the day of their event. If you see an event that you would like to be a part of, please use the contact information in the event listing to contact the organizers.
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