Director BIO: Hayley Stuart (STILL RIVER, SILENT JUNGLE)

Hayley is a Washington-based filmmaker driven by her passion for river conservation and outdoor adventure, particularly whitewater kayaking. She was first inspired to tell stories through the lens during her junior year of college while studying abroad in Bolivia and Chile, where she realized the power that film has to reach audiences where written work cannot. Filmmaking soon became a vehicle with which Hayley could travel the world and witness these stories for herself, with the goal of making a meaningful impact and inspiring change.
Since 2014, Hayley has collaborated with multiple Chilean, Bolivian, and Mexican indigenous communities in order to film, learn, kayak, and raise awareness about the impacts of mega-hydroelectric development. She has participated in several film productions for environmental organizations, including American Rivers, Pacific Rivers, and International Rivers, and spoke at the 2017 Sun Valley Tedx event about the hidden dangers of mega hydro development. Her current project is a documentary called “Still River, Silent Jungle”, about the movement to save the Bolivian Amazon River Basin from the Chepete-Bala mega-dam proposals that threaten to flood the region.

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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