We're delighted to welcome filmmaker Katie Carman-Lehach as a new member of the Her Film Project team. Katie joins us as a regular Contributor to the blog, and we're really looking forward to working with her! She'll be writing on a regular basis about her experiences as a woman filmmaker, the status of women in the industry, and much more, including sharing her "Hollywood, I'm breaking up with you" video series. To read more about Katie, check out the Who We Are page.
We're thrilled to announce that Her Film Project will be an official sponsor of the woman-focused Bluestocking Film Series in Portland, Maine, for May 2013! The series was founded by filmmaker Kate Kaminski who was determined that it be dedicated to women filmmakers, women's stories, and films that pass the Bechdel Test. Read more about it on our Sponsorship page. Click the logo below to visit their website.
An interview with Kate Kaminski will be posted in the next few days on this blog. You can also check out an interview with her in the Her Film blog archives here.
Welcome to the new website for Her Film Project!
As we launch this new website, we're also introducing some brand new developments that we're excited to share with you:
A new major theme for 2013: Palestinian Women Filmmakers. There will be interviews, Q+A's and hopefully a few guests posts, plus trailers, weekly updates on new films by Palestinian women -- in the Palestine Territories as well as the diaspora -- and links to connect with the filmmakers and see their work. The focus on Palestinian women is very purposeful, so if you'd like to know more about why we're doing this theme for 2013, you can read the rationale by visiting the 2013 Theme page, or just clicking on the tab to the left.
A new monthly series for 2013: Indigenous Women Filmmakers. While this has been an interest of mine (I'm Kyna), for some time, access to indigenous women filmmakers' work is somewhat limited unless you can attend a lot of festivals or are otherwise really hooked in to the indigenous/American Indian/First Nations/aboriginal media industry. In 2011, my friend, Nelson Davis and I had a great conversation with Metis filmmaker, Michelle Latimer, in an interview (visit the archival post), about just this topic, and in July of 2012, I had the pleasure of being invited to the world's first Maori women's film festival (visit the archival post, with video interviews). Since then, my interest in featuring indigenous women filmmakers from around the world has grown. I explain why this series is important on the 2013 Monthly Series (also a tab to the left).
Sundance daily interview series: From January 17-27, I'll be blogging about the female short film makers in the U.S. Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, Animated and New Frontier programs at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Several interviews are already booked and ready to go, and I'm looking forward to posting them. With 11 days of posts, it will be a veritable feast for the cinematically inclined!
Marketing grants for women filmmakers: Later this year, Her Film Project will announce a marketing grant specifically for women filmmakers to supplement their marketing and PR budgets for their films. More details will be posted in the spring of 2013, along with an application form. To learn more about this, please visit the Grants page.
Have a question about any of these new developments? Or maybe you want to be featured in our Palestinian Women Filmmakers theme for 2013 or the Indigenous Women Filmmakers monthly series? Contact me.
Her.Stories: Top doc filmmakers, Japan's female directors, Women in Zimbabwean film, Rape on screen, and more...
WFTV’s top 5 women in documentary filmmaking to look out for in 2013
at Doc Geeks
With More Women in Film, Has Anything Changed?
at Huffington Post
Women filmmakers to call the shots at IFFK 2012
at Manorama Online
A filmmaker’s angle on Africa (Filmmaker Amanda Sibanda)
at The Zimbabwean
Japan’s female directors make a strong showing
at Japan Times
‘Wadjda’ named DIFF’s best Arabic film
at Saudi Gazette
Don’t blame films for rapes, says director Bela Sehgal
at Times of India
Hitting the big league: Bangladesh and its women filmmakers
at The Daily Star
A woman for all seasons (Filmmaker Agnes Jaoui)
at Global Times
DCAA launches Emirati filmmaker project
at Screen Daily
2013 opens with women-centric multi starrers
at Times of India