Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago….and now FINALLY New York City. Anthology Film Archives. 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.) Manhattan, NY
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.
‘The Air Of The Time’ focuses on the impact of the most influential women fashion designers over the past 100 years. Through interviews and archival footage, the designers of today talk about the past, the present and the future of design. Our film tells the stories of Coco Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Vivienne Westwood, Donna Karan, Gabriela Hearst and Hanako Maeda. Our interviews also include insights from male designers, Tony Melillo (ATM), Johnson Hartig (Libertine) as well as fashion editors, Hamish Bowles (Vogue), Ken Downing (Neiman Marcus) and Betty Halbreich (Bergdorf Goodman).
The film is an intimate look at women designers who have successfully launched iconic careers in a male dominated industry, created for women. The designers share their personal and professional stories, as well as their processes for designing their respective collections. We discover the journeys they have taken, from their beginnings to present day; their struggles, their successes and their disappointments; as well as their thoughts on sustainability and the future of design.
Without a doubt, the place of animals in our life is now permanent. Their companionship provides us with emotional support, responsibility, and deep bonds found in few other places. Although for many animals, the life of comfort and friendship isn’t the life they are dealt. Nearly 1.5 million animals are euthanized yearly thanks to the overcrowding and under funding of traditional shelters, the lack of outlets available to animals seeking homes, and from the average citizen choosing their pet acquisition from sources like pet stores and puppy mills, rather than adopting a rescue. Our ﬁlm, A Rescue Story will dramatically present the challenges facing traditional shelters and societal causes for animal overpopulation. We will present solutions to the problem by showing alternatives to euthanisa and highlight the ways different people, shelters, and organizations are combating the problem around the country.
Director Biography – Daniel Gartzke
Kimberly Resch – Producer Brian Ross – Producer Joshua Murphy – Producer Richard Resch – Producer
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Feature Film: RESCUE STORY – SAVING COMPANION ANIMALS
Best Short Film: SMALL FOOTPRINTS: CRAFTING AN ECO-LODGE IN WILD ALASKA
Best Cinematography: THE NAMELESS CALL – INSIDE COSTA RICA
Best Sound & Music: PARADISE WON’T PROTECT ITSELF
Theme of night: New world. New environment.
NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.
Seen follows Caleb Jamison, a NYC writer and podcaster who is quick-witted, sensitive and has a pop culture reference at his fingertips to pull out at any moment. Basically, he is the person who slays the GIFs in a group chat. After continually taking a back seat in his own life, Caleb’s friend Sophie creates a fake profile for Caleb to make him seem like a massive success. And why not, because everything on the internet is fake anyways. After a chance encounter with a group of “elite gays” at his restaurant job, Caleb tries to integrate the group (which is helped by the fact he has one very pretty part of his body). As Caleb begins to build this fictional persona, the dissonance between who he really is and who he wants to be starts to show cracks in his personality. But, what ugliness can using instant gratification to boost your insecurities actually reveal?
Narrator: Julie Sheppard
Caleb: Steve Rizzo
Cres: Sean Ballantyne
Writer Biography – Colin J Murphy
Colin J Murphy is an NYU Tisch alum who began his writing career in TYA with pieces workshopped by the Atlantic Theater Company. Making to the transition to film, Murphy self-produced while training at UCB. Bound, Colin’s previous project, is a four part mini-series written and directed by Murphy currently streaming with over 10K views on the pilot. The action/drama follows a queer protagonist trying to find love while kicking ass. It stars Book of Mormon’s Jack Ball and features Black Lighting’s Rob Morean and The Politician’s Julia Schlaepfer. Bound has screened a part of multiple festivals and has garnered award nominations for Best LGBTQ short, Best Supporting actress for Schlaepfer and Audience Choice.
With Saigon surrounded, the CIA, Army, and South Vietnam’s conflicted leadership waver between denial and panic, overwhelmed by the historic moment. As the Northern onslaught approaches, southern collaborators face a terrible fate as the Americans ready to leave. The bravery and insubordination of a few rogues will provide a tenuous and temporary lifeline, and demonstrate the sheer power of the human condition.
Narrator: Kyana Teresa
Ed Daly: Bill Poulin
Bruce Dunning: Geoff Mays
“Unlocked: A Flow of Colourful Connections in Lockdown” is a short film/art video that captures the personal journey of eleven women from The Esplanade neighbourhood, downtown Toronto, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dave wakes up on April 1st 2019 over and over again. Every time the day repeats, a new version of himself, a new Dave, is generated. Soon, there are numerous Daves running amok, despairing at their mysterious metaphysical trap.
FROM HEAVEN IS CALI, 12min., Columbia Documentary/Drama
Directed by Christaan Felber
In the Southwest of Colombia, there is a city where salsa dancing exists in a form that is unique in its boldness and energy, yet pure in its tradition and style. Cali, known as the world’s salsa dancing capital, and its people (referred to as Caleños) own this iconic dancing style. The city has been the muse of many salsa musicians, making it the subject of illustrative songs that tell the story of the “salsa Caleña” style as a symbol of an entire culture. Salsa Caleña is not only danced but consumed with a burst of energy, joy, and sentimentality that brightens the streets of Cali whenever there’s salsa music playing. From professional salsa dancers and musicians to nightclub owners and costume designers, “From Heaven is Cali” (whose title is taken from the famous salsa/Cali anthem “Cali Pachenguero” by Grupo Niche), explores the relationships between this unique art-form and the people whose lives are interwoven into a culture that has become synonymous with the city of Cali.
IN MEMORIAM, 9min., Greece, Drama/Sci-FI
Directed by Dimitrios Karas
Ariadne, a member of an anti-government covert resistance group, is captured and interrogated by an intelligence agent. As Ariadne refuses to reveal information about her group, the agent threatens to erase her memories about her identity and personal life.