Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago….and now FINALLY New York City. First event April 30th. 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.
Alexis Spraic is an award-winning director and writer based in Los Angeles. Her recent documentary work includes feature BUILT TO FAIL, the untold story of streetwear’s rise from subculture to a 70 billion dollar industry, featuring Russell Simmons, A$AP Rocky, et al.produced by Peter Berg.
She is in post production on a feature documentary, POWER. Filmed in fourteen countries, it takes on the global energy crisis.
Her work as a producer and editor includes Tamra Davis’ critically produced and edited the top-rated HBO documentary, CAT DANCERS for which she won a Special Jury Prize for editing at SXSW and MAXED OUT (Showtime).
America’s food values are rapidly changing. We are experiencing a food revolution that is demanding better-tasting, natural and sustainable food and yet, we don’t often consider who is responsible for growing this food. The truth is, 75% of the fresh fruit consumed in the U.S. is completely dependent on hand harvesting. Without the workforce to pick the crops, growers are at risk of losing their livelihood.
The Last Harvest offers a rare glimpse into the hopes, hardships, and uncertain futures of three family growers. Harvesters face a harsh reality of tightened immigration control and inefficient guest worker programs that prevent growers from finding a workforce to pick their fields. These problems threaten our availability of fresh food and our vibrant and thriving agricultural community.
We have an opportunity to impact positive change, but first we must understand the issues. Let’s inspire a productive dialogue. Let’s work together on solutions that save family growers who live and contribute to our local communities. The future of good food depends on the choices we make today. Our hope is this is not The Last Harvest.
Linda Barsi is a screenwriter, director, and novelist. Linda graduated with a degree in Film from Cornell University and an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from the University of Southern California. She has a YouTube channel with 19k subscribers where she gives writing advice and talks about mental health.
When Becky Harris and I decided to collaborate on a project, we realized we wanted to make a short film about something we hardly, if ever, see in TV or film: what it’s like for a woman to express her orgasm needs to her partner. But we only wanted to do that if we could simultaneously tell a great story about two characters with real wants, fears, and senses of humor. We are so proud of this film and what it’s become and hope you enjoy it.
New York based director, School of visual arts directing major student. WORKS (DIRECTOR)
Beyond Expression: Short Film – 2019 Spring – (Run time: 13’45’’) Idol, Canyon & Samsara: Experimental Film – 2018 Fall – (Run time: 10’24’’) A FILM BY MIA: Short Film – 2018 Spring – (Run time: 11’38’’) The Derge Sutra Printing Temple: Documentary – 2017 Winter – (Run time: 6’47’’)
Theo is a voice actor who lives behind the scenes. This attractive and intimate work has made him a new life when he has this real life where he is stuttering and being shy and silent. And his role in the cartoon “Blind Police” as “Blind Agent X” is like the inner hero of his inner world, let him rely more on this work to release his usual unspeakable emotions. He gradually became more and more away from his family, and all his efforts to rebuild this connection seemed to be in vain. More and more frustration, unsatisfactory work and unrespectedness made Theo plunged into chaos, which eventually led to his desperate cry for help. At the end of the story, when he releases himself in a nearly exaggerated way, he realizes that he needs another way to express himself.