Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago….and now FINALLY New York City. Anthology Film Archives. 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.) Manhattan, NY
Short Film: TIME TO LEAVE, 7min., USA, Experimental
Aggressively escorted out of a bank, at the age of 16, after inquiring about opening a bank account, the narrator ( also the filmmaker) boldly confronts and examines that discriminatory moment from his past. That it, indeed, changed his perspective on race forever is what is on full display in this film. This looking back and forth at one’s own personal and social history also leads the narrator to ask whether it is fair to be seen – or treated – as a threat or criminal before we even do anything wrong? Exploring as well as highlighting the struggles and complexities around the issues of race; stereotypes, and belonging this experimental essay film demonstrates how connected those larger issues are to the personal, lived experience. Ultimately, with emphasis on the present and the future of race relations in America, the film challenges and encourages us to constantly question and reimagine our own positional privilege.
The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes.
Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival.
This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way.
When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival.
A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.