Thursday, September 06, 2012

Women Make Movies Show Five Indie Movies at the Steinbeck (sponsored by Women's Caucus for Art, Salinas, CA)

Women Make Movies Show Five Indie Movies at the Steinbeck

Women Make Movies is launching a 4-month showing of five indie films during the Honoring Women’s Rights conference and exhibition on September 7th at the National Steinbeck Center in in Salinas, California. Their website states Women Make Movies addresses the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry. The films showing at the Steinbeck cover issues such as Title IX, feminine art activists, progressive Muslim views, and Eastern-bloc sex trafficking.

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The Heretics Tracing the influence of the Women's Movement's Second Wave on art and life - Film by Elli Safari.
“The animation in THE HERETICS breaks new ground and adds a terrific element to this otherwise fascinating portrait of a generation of important artists and women.” -Abby Ginzberg
Quote startWe work behind the scenes producing and helping them to raise the money. And we’re really proud that films from both programs have won awards, have been nominated for Academy Awards in five of the last six years, and have won major prizes at Sundance.Quote end
Salinas, CA (PRWEB) September 06, 2012
On September’s First Friday, Women Make Movies (WMM) are showing a string of five indie films shown continually through January 7. This also marks a kick-off to the Honoring Women’s Rights conference and exhibition at the Steinbeck. The conference and exhibition are sponsored, in part, by the Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA), as a tribute to their 40th anniversary.
The following indie film titles will play beginning on September 7, and the 1-day Honoring Women’s Rights conference on September 8th and during 4-month juried WCA art exhibition until January 6, 2013: 
  •     The Heretics (29 min) Tracing the influence of the Women's Movement's Second Wave on art and life - Film by Elli Safari.
  •     The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud (29 min) The Islamic world is shocked by a mixed-gender Friday prayer congregation in New York. A powerful portrait of this African-American Muslim woman - Film by Elli Safari.
  •     Price of Sex (73 min) Underground criminal network of human trafficking and experiences of trafficked Eastern European women - Film by Mimi Chakarova.
  •     License to Thrive (48 min) A smart and highly-entertaining exploration of the unique history of Title IX legislation and its critical role in creating female leaders - Film by Theresa Moore.
  •     Girl Wrestler (53 min) 13-year-old Tara Neal, a Texas teenager, upsets traditional expectations by insisting that girls and boys should be able to wrestle - Film by Diane Zander.
WMM initially started in 1972 to train women in becoming film and video makers. Before the decade ended, WMM initiated distribution and exhibition opportunities for women’s films to expand their exposure by initiating a distribution service, presenting on‑going screenings in New York, and sponsoring two international women’s film festivals. Today, WMM regularly works with dozens of women's organizations in U.S., Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East in support of International Women's Film Festivals.
“We work behind the scenes producing and helping (women filmmakers) to raise the money. And we’re really proud that films from both programs have won awards, have been nominated for Academy Awards in five of the last six years, and have won major prizes at Sundance,” said Debra Zimmerman to Christopher Campbell, Documentary Channel's docblog author.
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http://bit.ly/HWR-program; See the movies during the Honoring Women’s Rights conference where tickets are available at the door or during the regular National Steinbeck Center (NSC) hours. Standard NSC entrance fees may apply.
http://www.nationalwca.org; Women’s Caucus for Art creates community through art, education, and social activism.
http://www.steinbeck.org; NSC inspires people to make a positive difference in our world, 1 Main Street, Salinas, Monterey County, CA
http://www.wmm.com; the leading distributor of women's films and videotapes in North America
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