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.)
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.)
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.
“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:
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.
“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.
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.
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
The women of “Granny’s Got Game.”
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.