Director Biography – Tristien Marcellous Winfree (PAIN IS THE AGENT OF CHANGE)

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Tristien Marcellous Winfree is more than grateful to start his film festival circuit run. He’s a local Chicago writer, director, actor, producer, teaching artist, and film maker. He attended The University of Houston-Downtown studying Fine Arts. Mr Winfree has had the privileged to perform and collaborate with theatre companies such as The Alley Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Pride Film & Plays, Goodman Theatre, Congo Square Theatre, Oak Park Festival, Chicago Dramatist, LatinX Theatre Commons, and other companies. Film & Commercial credits include Pain Is The Agent Of Change Short Film, The Healing Begins Documentary, The Tie Bar, Big Break, Teen Prevention, Wind stream Kinetic Energy. Mr Winfree is a huge advocate for mental health awareness. He uses his platform to make change in the world one step at a time. He represented by Lily’s Talent. Stay updated on his website and follow him on social media platforms @Tmarcellousw

Director Statement

“Grief arises as a product of a loss that we have experienced. It could stem from a person’s health, relationship, job, and loved ones. We may not be able to describe the wave of emotions, yet we do know that we are not ourselves. In the short film Pain Is The Agent Of Change. Tristien Marcellous Winfree tackles how we look at, unblock, wrestle with, and shed light on the distance and detach from our on own personal pain. The arts can heal us by giving these bits and pieces the attention they deserve and need. There is so much power in talking about it. We should be able to talk about mental health, we should be able to talk childhood trauma, and we should be able to talk about grief, but as a culture we shy away from the uncomfortable conversations. This an opportunity to learn from others who spoke, who fought to be heard, and the need be felt. Each time that we engage in the process using the arts, we give ourselves a break, a breath, and a reprieve from the pain that we face as culture.”

By femalefilmfestival

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.

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