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Womxn in Film

  • Distill Creative 68 Jay Street #612 Brooklyn United States (map)
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Join us for an evening of Womxn in Film, curated by Zoe, founder of WOMXN TO THE FRONT and teacher of our upcoming Video Production Lab Workshop Series.

We know that more Womxn behind the camera means more diverse and inclusive representation on screen and we want to celebrate and share recent work by Womxn.

Directors on view:
Amy Gardner - FUEL
Irshad Manji - Moral Courage Genesis Briggs
Jasmine Lynea - The Mixtape: Stay Black, Baby
Zoe map - DUMB DUMB

Amy Gardner – FUEL

FUEL by Amy Gardner, a fully female production releases new experimental dance film that explores the complexities of feminism and current social conditions while fusing movement, fashion and Kodak’s 35mm film.

Amy Gardner: “It all began with the desire to merge dance and film. When I say film, I mean 35mm film. Those are really my two favorite things and means of expression. I also wanted to create and direct my own project, as opposed to contribute to someone else’s idea. In terms of structure, I wanted to create an essay, a movement essay, if you will, to reflect upon current social conditions, feminism, and human nature. As the idea grew, the idea to assemble a female crew became another component to the project. What I find interesting is that in the past year feminism and the idea of women supporting women has grown so substantially. When this idea came about, it wasn’t quite as relevant as it is now.”

Irshad Manji - Moral Courage Genesis Briggs

Irshad Manji is an internationally acclaimed educator, author, speaker and founder of the Moral Courage Project. Based in Hawaii, Moral Courage equips people to do the right thing in the face of their fears. In-between books, Irshad spearheaded the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear. She also launched Moral Courage TV, the YouTube channel that features people who are standing up when others want them to sit down. The question sparked by every episode: What do you stand for and what are you doing about it? Moral Courage Genesis Briggs A Biloxi native and activist has been outspoken about wanting to change the state flag. Her protest in a New York City club made national headlines last year, but it also caught the attention of documentary filmmakers.

Genesis Briggs, better known as Genesis Be, made a trip home to Biloxi with a camera crew in tow. The documentary entitled, "Confederate Pride, White Supremacy, and My State Flag" was just released on Moral Courage Project's website.

The opening scene of the documentary shows Genesis Be on stage publicly protesting the confederate flag last year in her now home of New York. She can be seen wearing the flag and hanging a noose around her neck.

Jasmine Lynea - The Mixtape: Stay Black, Baby

Jasmine Lynea is an Independent Film Director, Producer, Photographer and Editor, based in NYC and PHL. Since graduating from Temple University, Jasmine has remained incredibly consistent in developing her craft in media production by directing, producing or editing, music videos, short-films, promos or documentaries. 

The Mixtape: Stay Black, Baby by capturing an exhilarating reflection on Black America, This is complex portrait of black youth rising, black art glorified, black voices uncovered, black struggle acknowledged and black empowerment revered. Poetically, each scene elaborates on current political and social issues within the black community issues that must be recognized for change to encourage growth. Musically driven, The Mixtape: Stay Black, Baby! arrives at a very important time in America and is only present to self-reflect and prosper.

Zoe map - DUMB DUMB

Zoe is an Italian filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. Zoe’s vision captures urban landscapes with a focus on documenting the human experience through the lens of art, music and culture. Zoe amplifies cultural narratives and raises awareness on social justice with recurring themes of diversity and racial equality in American culture.

DUMB DUMB Music Video won “Best Music Video” At Hip Hop Film Festival 2018 NYC and also was officially selected to SXSW 2019.

“From the moment Cipherella presses play on her ghetto blaster stereo, viewers become enthralled by the 90's hip imagery. She and her crew begin marching through a parking lot styled in matching denim outfits. Her opening rhyme, “true story everything I say you type. World of collision, catch my vision, hop my flight” alerts fans of the hip-hop cosmos to reflect in the most rhythmic of ways, shaking us from our mainstream trance and grooving us in a more fulfilling direction.”

Film Distributor Index. Page 13 from  INCLUSION or INVISIBILITY? GENDER MEDIA, DIVERSITY, & SOCIAL CHANGE INITIATIVE Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment  by STACY L. SMITH, PhD, MARC CHOUEITI, KATHERINE PIEPER, PhD, 2016.

Film Distributor Index. Page 13 from INCLUSION or INVISIBILITY? GENDER MEDIA, DIVERSITY, & SOCIAL CHANGE INITIATIVE Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment by STACY L. SMITH, PhD, MARC CHOUEITI, KATHERINE PIEPER, PhD, 2016.