CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – 5th ANNUAL ALICE FEST

THE 5TH ANNUAL ALICE FEST returns to the Full Frame Theater in Durham NC on March 13, 2016!

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Call for Submissions:

ALICE FEST welcomes short films or clips from works-in-progress (less than 10 minutes) made by women.  Preference is given to films which focus on women as leaders and agents of change or highlight women’s history.  ALICE FEST accepts short documentary films, experimental films, animation, multimedia projects, trailers and documentary works-in-progress, and short narrative/fiction films which feature women as main characters.

Send your name, contact info and a link to your film or trailer to: infoAliceFest @ gmail.com  Include a short bio, a brief description of your film and a still photo from your film with your submission.  There is no submission fee.

We accept submissions on a rolling basis but the final deadline for the March 13, 2016 festival is February 2, 2016.

QUESTIONS?  Send an email to:  infoAliceFest @ gmail.com

Former bacteriologist and journalist Jessie Maple was the first black woman to gain entry to New York’s camera operator’s union, and in 1981 she was the first black woman to direct an independent American feature film (

Former bacteriologist and journalist Jessie Maple was the first black woman to gain entry to New York’s camera operator’s union, and in 1981 she was the first black woman to direct an independent American feature film (“Will.”)

See You Next Year: ALICE FEST, March 13, 2016

THANKS to all who came out for ALICE FEST 2015 and to our sponsor, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Thanks also to all the filmmakers and to April Walton, Sandra Jacobi, Nancy Kalow, Rhonda Klevansky, Martha Weeks Daniel, Miriam Sauls, Kim Best, Leanne Simon, Morgan Capps, Catie Brockman, Liz Phillips, and Jenna Struko.  We appreciate the support of the Southern Documentary Fund and their executive director Rachel Raney.

Check back here for news of ALICE FEST-sponsored events throughout the year.

Filmmaker Julia Boyd (center) with Delaney McHugo (left) and Catherine Leonard (right.)

Filmmaker Julia Boyd (center) with Delaney McHugo (left) and Catherine Leonard (right.)

THE 4th Annual ALICE FEST is MARCH 8, 2015. Reserve your seat now!

Don’t miss a minute of ALICE FEST – set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night and see you on Sunday at the festival.  All the films are on the website – take a look at the Short Films and Works-in-Progress.   It’s not too late to reserve a seat.  Send an email to infoAliceFest @ gmail.com (leave out the spaces.)

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The 4th Annual ALICE FEST returns to the Full Frame Theater in downtown Durham NC on March 8, 2015 (Sunday.)  Doors open at 1:30 p.m.  Films begin at 2:00 p.m. and end 5:00 p.m.   Admission is FREE but reservations are required prior to the event due to limited space.   Directions and parking information HERE.

Still from "Girl Power" directed by Angela Alford & Aggie Alford.  See details under Film: shorts.

Still from “Girl Power” directed by Angela Alford & Aggie Alford. See details under Film: shorts.

 

 

Mary Lou Williams bio doc launches Indie-go-go Campaign

“Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band” was one of the works-in-progress screenings at the 2014 ALICE FEST. Producer/director Carol Bash has launched an Indie-go-go campaign to raise funds for post-production costs. For more information about the film or to donate, go to:
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mary-lou-williams-the-lady-who-swings-the-band#home

Mary Lou Williams created some of the most sophisticated big band hits for Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and many other popular orchestras in the 1930s.

Mary Lou Williams created some of the most sophisticated big band hits for Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and many other popular orchestras in the 1930s.

Women’s History Month 2015 Theme Announced

“Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the theme for National Women’s History Month 2015. The theme presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric our nation’s history.

Accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today.

There is a real power in hearing women’s stories, both personally and in a larger context. Remembering and recounting tales of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, and commitments inspires today’s generations and opens the way to the future.

2015 is also the 35th anniversary of the Women’s History Movement and the National Women’s History Project. After decades of dedicated research and technological advances, the stories of American women from all cultures and classes are accessible and visible as never before. Numerous scholars and activists helped shape the Women’s History Movement, and also provided the research and energy which created and sustains the National Women’s History Project. During 2015, the NWHP will recognize and celebrate the many ways that women’s history has become woven into the fabric of our national story.

Alice Guy-Blache’ Bio Doc Coming Soon!

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache’ is a documentary work-in-progress about the life and work of the pioneering film director who had, until recently, been forgotten in cinema’s history. To see the trailer for the film and learn more about this project, click here.

LUNAFEST

Here’s an upcoming event featuring films by women:  LunaFest, a traveling film festival that you can host and use as a fundraiser for your non-profit group.
LunaFest travels all over the U. S. so there may be an event near you.  This year one of the films is “Granny’s Got Game” directed by Angela Gorsica Alford, whose work-in-progress of her film screened previously at ALICE FEST.

Take a look:  www.lunafest.org

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The women of “Granny’s Got Game.”

ALICE FEST – Films By Women. For Everyone.

Click HERE to see one of the short films from ALICE FEST 2014:  Panmela Castro by Heloisa Passos.
Part of GE Focus/Forward.  Short films.  Big ideas.

ALICE FEST – Films By Women. For Everyone.

Thanks to everyone who came out to ALICE FEST 2014 today!

Links to information from the festival will appear under the Blog tab later this week.

Stay tuned for more ALICE FEST sponsored events coming up later this year.

Full Frame Theater on the Historic American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC.  March 9, 2014.

Full Frame Theater on the Historic American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC. March 9, 2014.

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DON’T FORGET!    Spring Forward Time – Set your clocks ahead ONE HOUR before you go to bed on Saturday night so you will be on time on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

You don’t want to miss a minute of 2014 ALICE FEST!

Listen to THE STATE OF THINGS on WUNC Radio on Wednesday, March 5th at noon, to hear Vivian Bowman-Edwards, festival director along with filmmakers Carol Bash and Camden Watts, talk about this year’s ALICE FEST.  If you miss it, go to wunc.org/programs/state-things to hear the recorded broadcast.

THE THIRD ANNUAL ALICE FEST IS SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014.   Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, March 8th so you won’t miss a minute of the festival!

THE 2014 FILM LINE-UP FOR SHORTS AND WORKS-IN-PROGRESS ANNOUNCED.

The third annual ALICE FEST is March 9, 2014 at the Full Frame Theater (new location) in downtown Durham, NC, in the historic American Tobacco District, 320 Blackwell Street.  Doors open at 1:00 p.m. with refreshments.  Screenings begin at 1:30 p.m.

FREE and Open to the Public but seating is limited.  Reserve a spot by sending your name to:
infoAliceFest @ gmail.com

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ALICE FEST  is a film festival presented each year in March in recognition of Women’s History Month.  The festival showcases curated and submitted work by women with a special emphasis on women’s history and achievements.  ALICE FEST features short documentary films, experimental films, animation, multimedia projects and documentary works-in-progress.

ALICE FEST is produced by founder and executive director Vivian Bowman-Edwards and is sponsored by The Alice Project.  Co-sponsors include the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC (documentarystudies.duke.edu) and the Southern Documentary Fund. (southerndocumentaryfund.org)

ALICE FEST – March 17, 2013

THANKS to everyone who came out to ALICE FEST 2013 and to the filmmakers, volunteers, and sponsors who made it all possible.

If you would like to be a part of the ALICE FEST organizing team, please send a email to: infoAliceFest @ gmail.com.

Check back here for news about exciting events coming up later this year.

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