The fall colors are blazing in central Missouri where I’m preparing events for the 10th Annual Citizen Jane Film Festival! Columbia, Missouri is the gathering place for filmmakers, movie-goers, and supportive industry celebrating the accomplishments of women directing film of all lengths, styles, and subjects. The festival represents the women and projects that arise from workplaces, leadership, and motivations quite opposite of the negative, abusive influences we’re seeing brought to light in the Hollywood film industry. One of the new ways CJ is stepping up this influence is through a pitch session named Screen Grab. During this session, attendees will hear 5 screenplay pitches and a team of
judges will choose a winner whose film will be produced in the coming year with the hopes of screening in next year’s festival! I’m proud to be the producing partner with Citizen Jane in this inaugural prize & pipeline to production. If you’d like to learn more, we’ll be livestreaming from Facebook on Friday, October 27th at 11am central.
Other highlights from the full line-up include Brown Girls, directed by Sam Bailey, and preceded by two episodes of the web series “Hot & Bothered” with festival guests Leah Byrd and Ian Patrick Ashwall. We’ll also have The Light of the Moon, the first feature directed by Australian filmmaker Jessica M. Thompson, with a post-screening discussion held by the University of Missouri’s Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center. Among the short film programs is a “best of fest” collection of short films recommended from other women-centric festivals in a program entitled FESTS LIKE US! and a program of horror shorts (UNDER THE MOON) projected outside at the Logboat Brewery. So much to see!
Now before I get too carried away telling you all about Citizen Jane, let’s get back to the central aspect of this blog, which is to promote the projects of the women listed below. Since the Seed & Spark Hometown Heroes Rally has come to a close for the initial campaign, our list is shorter this week, but still brimming with exciting talent. Please check the links below and contribute a tweet, follow, share, or dollar(s)!
Reminder: All of the projects listed below have female directors at the helm OR they are projects that benefit women directors (e.g., film festivals, funds, etc). The campaigns at the top of the list are the ones ending soonest, so get in there and support ASAP (with $$ or an RT on Twitter). Click the titles to go directly to each project’s crowdfunding page, those in italics are new additions this week.
Thanks for visiting and thank you very much for helping us support and raise awareness about WOMEN DIRECTORS AT WORK!
Crowdfunding Projects for Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
FREE, directed by Jen Kim – @JenKimCreative
MARISOL, directed by Zoé Salicrup Junco – @Form_Pressure
THE GIRL INSIDE, directed by Paula Plazas – @PaulinaPlazas
THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY – directed by Natalie Rodriguez, @theextraordfilm
THE REFUGE, directed by Maria Millan – @TheRefugefilm
CRAZY CAT LADY, directed by Carrie Wachob & James Winters – @CrazyCatLady981
COMPANY TV, directed by Natasha Behnam – @natashabehnam
SECOND ASSAULT, directed by Amy Roser & Jillian Corsie – @JillianCorsie @amyrosner1
NORTH POLE, NY directed by Ali Cotterill – @northpolenyfilm
MAMA’S BOY, directed by Samantha Kolesnik – @The_SKolesnik
AMAZING GRACE, co-directed by Nina Brissey – @ninabrissey
If you’d like your project included in our next #FF Fri Fundraiser post, please email us with the details listed HERE.