And I’m back from the Telluride Film Festival where, once again, I found a piece of heaven on earth nestled between the mountains!
It’s truly stunning to gaze upon the mountains, into the sky, and onto the rippling brooks, in-between the moments plunged into the darkness of movie theaters.
This year I probably saw a record few films because of my role as assistant manager of a venue; but what I saw, and what I heard about what I didn’t see, was another reminder of the magnificence of filmmakers around the world. For one, Angelina Jolie presented her film with author Loung Ung, the co-writer of the film and a Cambodian genocide survivor, making First They Killed My Father one of my most memorable film experiences. It is a brutal
telling of the war that ripped families apart and enslaved children to prepare and bury mines to kill an unknown enemy. Angelina gave a lovely introduction to Loung who spoke briefly about her enthusiasm to make this film for the country and future of Cambodia. The two child-actors also spoke, in their native language Khmer, saying thank you and how much they loved everyone.
While I missed Greta Gerwig’s first feature, Lady Bird, I have put it on the top of my must-see list based on the positive chatter and the fact that I spotted Frances Ford Coppola (dir. The Godfather, etc.) shaking Greta’s hand after one of many screenings this past weekend. What a magical moment that must have been for Greta!
I wish I could have caught more films by women, but fest duties called. I would’ve loved to see Eva Weber’s buzzy new short, “Skywards”, and of course Agnes Varda’s new documentary, Faces Places, which is rumored to be a quirky delight. Chloe Zhao’s Cannes winner, The Rider, was also screening at the festival and is one I’m eager to catch at another fest soon.
I know one day a filmmaker like the directors listed below would love to premiere their first feature at Telluride and shake the hands of the other greats who have gone before them, so visit these projects and give however you can to support women directors!
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, Sept. 8, 2017
PUZZLE, directed by Barbara Toschi – @puzzleshortfilm
VIOLET’S NEW LIFE, directed by Kim Ray – @kimray @Everlasting_ENT
THE AMERICAN MISTAKE, directed by Sandrene Mathews – @iamsandrene
GERALD, DEAN & GERALDEEN, directed by Katlin Mastandrea – @KATLINMASTANDRE
SIX YEAR OLD FEARS, directed by Lauren Anders Brown – @LABCollaborate
THE ALLNIGHTER, directed by Aimee Graham – @aimeegraham_ag @cineglitch
ITWIFF – Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival, led by Patrice Francois – @imagineprods
FREE, directed by Jen Kim – @JenKimCreative
If you’d like your project included in our next #FF Fri Fundraiser post, please email us with the details listed HERE.