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JUNE 12TH: GALA EVENT After Party: AN EVENING AT United Artists theatre: the ace hotel: SPECIAL SCREENING: WHY NOT CHOSE LOVE? A MARY PICKFORD MANIFESTO

Gala-Screening-Benefit For The Hollywood Women's Film Institute

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Why Not Choose Love? Stills

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june 13th producers forum: FULL: JUNE 14TH FILM SALON: FULL

JUNE 15TH SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH THE LENS FROM CHAPLIN ONWARD

MY LIFE WITH ROSIE

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My Life with Rosie

RT: 1:04

Director - Angela Sadler Williamson


Embark upon this amazing journey through the life of America’s beloved heroines, Rosa Parks, as her family introduces a side of Parks few people knew. Her cousin, personal caretaker and assistant, Carolyn Williamson Green, along with Parks’ researcher, Dr. Jeanne Theoharis, gives us a glimpse behind the stoic icon who was indeed a rebel against discrimination not only in the South, but also in the North. Follow Green’s passion as she keeps her cousin’s memory alive through a lifetime of public service in the city of Detroit.


DARE NOT FLY

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Dare Not Fly

RT:18:18

Director - CHUYI CHEN


Shen Si Yan, who lived under the strong fetters of her mother, was like a bird blindfolded, but could not fly. When it comes to daily chores, friends, work and mate are all interfered. Even if words have stepped out of society, mother still does not allow her to make her own choices. How can she survive without compromise, loss of self thinking, and mother who is bent on loving her daughter?



REFUGEE IS NOT MY NAME

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Refugee Is Not My Name

RT:40 min

Director - Rose Massett


Trapped in limbo and living in displacement along the Greek isles, REFUGEE IS NOT MY NAME documents the stories of the men, women and children grappling with pasts’ consumed by violence, pain and loss. As refugees seek a brighter future and a way to rebuild their lives, volunteer ground personnel and grassroot NGOs work to support them and ease their transition into a different culture and way of life. Throughout their journeys, all but one truth remains: hope, and the endless yearning for a meaningful life. 

DO NOT SING TO ME MY BEAUTY

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Music Video

Do Not Sing To Me My Beauty

Director - Marieta Landkroon

HOLLABACK:

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HOLLABACK

RT:10:16

Director  - Emilia Wieding


Ciarra Lambert aka Queen Jo is a multi-faceted hip-hop artist from Philadelphia, who has the courage to fight for women’s rights within the same scene that degrades them on a daily basis. She shares her views and opinions through the lyrics of her music and takes the battle against unequal judgment of women.


A Land Shaped By Women

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A Land Shaped By Women

RT 25min

Director  - Anne-Flore Marxer


The two Snowboard World Champions Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA) and Aline Bock (GER) bring us an inspirational depiction of their journey across Iceland, where the two Freeride World Champions explore the country in a van through the adventure sports they are passionate about: snowboarding and surfing. On the road they meet inspirational Icelandic women to understand their mindset living in a country with a rich history in gender equality.

UCLA JUNE 16TH SEGMENT I

JUNE 16TH: 3:30-4:00 PM RED CARPET

RED CARPET/PRESS

4:10 PM MUSIC VIDEO: WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED

4:30PM MUSIC VIDEO

4:15 PM INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

4:25 PM SPECIAL AWARDS

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4:45 PM - SPECIAL SCREENING

NEW PILOT

5:15 PM MEET THE FILMMAKER

CELEBRITY GUEST

SEGMENT I

5:25 PM BREAK

BREAK

5:35 PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER JULIE CARMEN/SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

6:00 PM SCREENING FILM SECOND ACTS

SECOND ACTS

6:20 PM Q & A

Q&A

6:35 PM BREAK

BREAK

SEGMENT BREAK

SEGMENT BREAK

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Screening June 16th: SECOND ACTS/ Screening 6:00:pm/Q&A 6:20-6:35pm

SECOND ACTS

While waiting for a show to start at a theater, two strangers start a conversation–Lee (the great, 4-time Emmy-award winning actress Michael Learned of The Waltons) and Ben (John Wesley). Both Lee and Ben are elderly and alone and are surprised to discover an easy and immediate connection to each other.

After the show, Lee and Ben decide to spontaneously continue their evening together. As they talk into the night, the two septuagenarians open up about their pasts. They are shocked to discover how a long-ago act of racism has drastically altered the course of both of their lives but also profoundly grateful to have lived long enough to have a second chance at righting some painful wrongs.

DIRECTOR

Anya Adams is an American director who has worked extensively in television, most notably The West Wing, The Mindy Project and Black-ish. Her first short film was “Lemonade Mafia” (2016). “Second Acts” (2018) is her latest short film.

June 16th

UCLA 6:50PM SEGMENT II:HWFF CELEBRATES LGBTQ PRIDE: Screenings LGBTQ Films

SCREENING Short Film: TOMORROW ISLAND:6:50-7:15pm

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Screening june 16th: I Stand Corrected/Screening 7:20-8:30pm/Q&A 8:30-8:45pm

I STAND CORRECTED

Filmmaker Andrea Meyerson charts Jennifer Leitham's rise as a virtuoso of the upright bass and he decision to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.


"Watch Jennifer Leitham perform and it's obvious the striking redhead is an original. When this world-famous jazz bassist takes center-stage, her entire body dances with the bass as her long, fiery hair whips and bobs to the blistering pace set by her fingers. She's a special talent made all the more unique because Jennifer Leitham began her life and career as John Leitham. I STAND CORRECTED charts Leitham's rise as a virtuoso of the upright bass and reveals how she risked everything with her decision to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. An intimate study of Leitham's life, the film explores the fears she wrestled with as she rose through the ranks of the jazz world, and celebrates the joy she discovered after embracing her female identity."

DIRECTOR

Andrea Meyerson is an award-winning creator of film and television programming as well as a successful producer of concerts and live comedy shows. As founder and president of StandOut Productions she has produced and directed more than 25 feature films, television specials and series episodes which continue to air on Showtime and Viacom's Logo Network. 

June 16th 7:00PM
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Screening june 16th: mapplethorpe/screening 8:55-10:40pm/Q&A 10:45-11:05pm

MAPPLETHORPE

A chronicle of the career of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his death in 1989 at the age of 42.  

DIRECTOR

"ONDI TIMONER has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice - for her 2004 documentary, DIG!, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC. Other award-winning features include: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (1994), JOIN US (2007), COOL IT (2010) and BRAND: A SECOND COMING (2015)."

JUNE 16TH 8:45PM

JUNE 16TH UCLA James Bridges Theatre: CELEBRITY GUEST SPEAKERS: AWARDS: SCREENINGS

MAPPLETHORPE:Winner Best Feature Film

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MAPPLETHORPE

RT: 1 HR 42 min

LGBTQ

Director - Ondi Timoner


A look at the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.

I STAND CORRECTED: Winner Best LGBTQ Documentary

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I Stand Corrected

74 MIN

LGBTQ

Director - Andrea Meyerson


I STAND CORRECTED charts Leitham's rise as a virtuoso of the upright bass and reveals how she risked everything with her decision to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. An intimate study of Leitham's life, the film explores the fears she wrestled with as she rose through the ranks of the jazz world, and celebrates the joy she discovered after embracing her female identity.

AWARDS CEREMONY & RED CARPET

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Humanitarian Award: Cindy Cowan


Dorothy Arzner Directing Award : 

Andrea Meyerson


Environmental Earth Award in Media:

Dr. Mireya Mayor (Nat Geo)


Lifetime Achievement Award: 

Sally Kirkland



WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED: Winner Best Music Video

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Music Video

We ShallNot Be Moved

Directors - Lara Lavi Jones, Wayne Rutledge

Artist - Tae Phoenix

TOMORROW ISLAND: Winner Best Director Dramatic Short

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RT 16: 28

Director - Gwenn Joyaux


In the dawn of the Cold War, a young Soviet telegraphist makes a desperate attempt to save her American lover from being stranded in the Russian side of the Bering Strait after receiving a border closure message.

CELEBRITY GUEST SPEAKERS

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TBA

June 17th -18th - 19th Film Mixer: Dick Clark Productions

June 17th: 2-6:30pm Afternoon Screenings

LAVENDER

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Lavender

RT 9:44

Director - Meg Duncan


Lavender tells the story of Poppy, a seventeen year old girl who, when confronted by her sister’s sadness, and the disappointing reality of finally kissing her crush, learns to find empowerment in sisterhood.





NO MEANS

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No Means

RT 3:20

Director - Danielle Culletorn


Inspired by the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements, the "No Means" video features a diverse cast of women speaking out about sexual harassment and how it affects their lives. It's expressionistic style delivers a heart felt message for women to speak up, say 'no' and stand together.

THE ART OF CONVERSING

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The Art of Conversing

RT 7 MIN

Director - Sarah L. Kent


A  boy-meets-girl love story told through the personification of the All-American classic Converse shoes. Two characters from different walks of life form a bond through a common interest and two simple words. Sometimes it is the subtleties of a moment that end up meaning the most.

THE BACHELORS OF BROKEN HILL FARM

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The Bachelors of Broken Hill Farm

RT 1 HR 13MIN

LGBTQ

Director - Erika Yeomans


The true life soap opera of Frank Provo & John Pickard.  Actors, writers and gentlemen farmers, their greatest success would not be found on the boards of Broadway or the hills of Hollywood but in a closeted relationship that spanned 4 decades. This is their love story. 






BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER

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Breaking The Sound Barrier

RT 1 HR 18 MIN

Directors - Patty Williamson, Eric Limarenko


This documentary is a response to the lack of women’s voices being heard on commercial radio stations across the United States. For its nearly one-hundred-year history, radio has been an industry dominated by men, from station ownership and management, to on-air work. This documentary highlights the realities of gender and its impact on career trajectory in this industry. The documentary gives voice to the women breaking barriers in this male dominated field, and shines a light on their struggles as well as their accomplishments. Air talent, programmers and consultants from across the U.S. were interviewed for this project.

june 17th: Afternoon Screenings

ORNETTE - TAKE YOUR TIME

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RT 3:51

MUSIC VIDEO

FRANCE

Director Biography - Bettina Kee

In order to fix technical problems that keeps her from shooting her music video with her band, a singer seeks help from a very bizarre and inefficient maintenance team that makes everything worse.

SKJEMT BLOD

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Skjemt Blod

RT:6:04 

MUSIC VIDEO


Director  - Gwenmarie White

In her CalArts thesis, SKJEMT BLOD (which translates to “bad blood” or “tainted blood” in Norwegian), Gwenmarie White uses what she has coined “girl kvlture” as a vehicle for meditation on American brutality. The orchestral black metal adaptation of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” takes advantage of the tension between the sounds and images of pop culture and metal culture to call attention to larger aspects of violence and pleasure. “My goal is to always straddle the line between critique and complicity,” says White, “because it is a critique…but it’s also a love letter.” The line in SKJEMT BLOD is always moving, digging stubbornly and disturbingly deeper into tropes and stereotypes rather than dismantling them. Suburban whiteness rears its ugly (but also, like, really, really pretty) head, proving that “trve” brutality takes many forms, and moves with an insidious ease throughout the institutions of late-stage capitalism.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE WOMEN GONE?

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RT 5:15

MUSIC VIDEO

IRELAND

Director  - Marcella O'Sullivan

Exactly as the title of the songs says - Where have all the women gone? We walk in to galleries, we see mostly male artists... We study art history or music history - it is mostly male artists... We read any history book - we only hear about men (his-story)... Geography.... Science.... The world of film.... Etc. Etc. Etc. Where have all the women gone?

June 17th: 7-10:30pm: Evening Screenings

LANDS BAPTISM: Winner Best Cinematography

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Land's Baptism

RT 1:33 MIN

Director: Vanessa Rodrigues


By crossing six Portuguese emmigration generations in Rio de Janeiro throughout the years this film rescues oral memory by telling inspiring stories concerning diaspora but it also creates a visual document about the Portuguese identity in wonder city, making it a character, and inspiring itself on the book "Emigrantes" by the Portuguese writer Ferreira de Castro.

NO MORE THOUGHTS & PRAYERS

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No More Thoughts & Prayers

RT 20 MIN

Director - Angela Lamb


No More Thoughts And Prayers is a short film featuring interviews by Moms Demand Action Leaders, Student Organizers, Students, Teachers, Social Workers and More at the March for Our Lives from coast to coast who are fed up with the gun violence and school shootings in this country and demand change.

june 18th: 2-7:00PM: Afternoon Screenings: SOLD OUT

YOU ME AND GASOLINE

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You Me And Gasoline

18:54

Director - Jenna A. Rice


An angry 17-year-old's struggle with grief leaves her stranded in the Colorado wilderness alone and on the edge of a much needed breaking point.

HOUSE OF BRICKS

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House of Bricks

RT 1:23

Director  - Hannah Silver


‘House of Bricks’ is set in a world in which the boundaries are blurred between fairytale existence and real life. Twelve friends between the ages of 18 and 25 are meeting at Alex Wolf’s recently inherited house in Devon for the final party of the summer. Pete and the Lost Boys are the first to arrive. Pressure from his peers and a longing for acceptance leads Pete to experiment with the recreational drug Pixie Dust. Tension with Wolf is unresolved; Pete wakes up with his head in White’s lap, relieved nonetheless.

BARREN

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BARREN

RT 45 MIN


Director Biography - YU Xiaorui


Under the highly civilized society of Japan, a little girl who lived in an orphanage was taken away by a man. She regained her freedom more than 10 years later and nobody knew what she experienced . Then she struggled, and failed, she loved, and lost. How would a human-being become when she is gradually stripped of the natural self-awareness?This is a story about being a human and being a woman.

June 18th Afternoon Screenings/SOLD OUT

SKYPATHS

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SKYPATHS

1 HR 10 MIN

Director - Kire Godal 


Skypaths - a 4 part documentary series -  directed & filmed by American Kire Godal, follows Swedish / Danish conservationist & writer Natasha Illum Berg as she retraces her pioneering conservationist and natural history filmmaker Swedish grandfather Bengt Berg's 4 most important wildlife film expeditions 100 years after him. From Sweden, to Ethiopia, Tanzania, India & Nepal - a lens into the past is opened and a parallel adventure story begins.











JUNE 18TH: EVENING SCREENINGS

AN ASPIRATIONAL SPACE

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An Aspirational Space

Director - GG Hawkins 


After her relationship abruptly ends, a woman isolates herself in a new apartment and attempts to rebuild her life. Her sister recommends a pop-wellness, self-help guide that focuses on organizing, tidying, and simplifying life, written by an artist-turned-newsletter writer-turned influencer. As she falls deeper into the world of the book, the woman finally feels in control of her life for the first time in years - but nothing can stop her as she attempts to obtain, and maintain, An Aspirational Space.

STARDUST & MOONBEAMS

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Stardust & Moonbeams

RT  17 MIN


Director Terri Farley-Teruel

It's the Jazz Age, and Beth is tired of seeing only male viewpoints everywhere she looks. Female nudes don't cut it for her. So it's lights, camera, lose your clothes, Will – the very antithesis of traditional artistry. Taking their artistic activism another step, they have a cocktail-party surprise for their friends. Cary, Janet, Matt, and Cherilyn get to be a test audience. With gender norms upended, lively debate ensues because images of men created by women are far from the norm – and still are today. Stardust & Moonbeams is a smart, sexy film and novel highlighting women's empowerment and equality -- written, directed, shot, produced, edited, composed, and based on a novel by women, with parity in cast and crew. Isn't it about time?

MELENTINI

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RT 3:51

MUSIC VIDEO 

GERMANY

Director - Adam Csoka Keller, Natalia Evelyn Bencicova

The opening track of Melentini’s new album, "ZRSHA; Fundus Uterus" (released 23 February 2018 by United We Fly), the music video “Asana/Metamorphosis" — created in collaboration with 6th Finger Studio — alludes to / teases out / draws upon the existential themes of creation, being, and the agony of existing in the world while feeling powerless 











THE LITTLE VOICE IN MY HEAD

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RT 7:38

Director - Samantha Joia


Mia is shadowed by a mysterious girl determined to take over every aspect of her life.

RETURNING CITIZENS

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RT:1:08

Director - Saffron Cassaday


“Returning Citizens” focuses on a passionate group of individuals who are looking for a second chance – or perhaps a chance they never had to begin with. Taking place in Southeast Washington, DC, the film offers a humanizing perspective on a community that has been negatively impacted by mass incarceration. From freshly returning individuals struggling to rebuild their lives, to community leaders working to end the on-going cycle of crime and violence, the stories unveiled in “Returning Citizens” offer proof that change is possible when the right opportunities are presented.

THE LAST DOLL LADY

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The Last Doll Lady

21MIN

Director - Taryn Hough


In the 1950s a program called Dolls for Democracy was started. Women known as "doll ladies" would travel to local schools and teach children, through the use of hand carved wooden character dolls, about why racism and intolerance is wrong. Over the decades the program has faded into obscurity, but one woman has made it her life's mission to reignite a nations passion for the programs hopeful message. Selma Bukstein was one of the original doll ladies, now 60 years later and at the age of 91, she's the last doll lady.

Screenings june 19th: 7-10:30PM: Dick Clark Productions

CON SPIRITO

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CON SPIRITO

RT 18:33

Director - Emily Izquierdo


At Vassar College in 1933, Elizabeth Bishop and Margaret Miller spend a night in a tree discussing rebel literature and loneliness.


UNWANTED

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UNWANTED

RT  15:29

Director - Michelle C. Yu


An ambitious woman struggles with the decision of pursuing a career over motherhood and balancing desire and obligation.

REINVENTING ROSALEE

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Reinventing Rosalee

RT 1HR 30 MIN

Director - Lillian Glass


Rosalee Glass, a Holocaust survivor taken prisoner to a Russian gulag in Siberia during WW2, shares her story of survival and transforms her destiny by living her life to the fullest. In her 80's, she started an acting career, in her 90's, she won 'Miss Congeniality' in a Senior beauty pageant, was seen by millions in a Super Bowl commercial, wrote a book sharing her secrets to a long life, and dares to ride Alaskan Sled Dogs at 100.

THE SIT DOWN

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The Sit Down

RT 12:04

Director - Laura Harris


Three years later a daughter tries to rid herself of a burden she carries. This intimate nonfiction portrayal at mental health captures a reveal that leaves a young woman wondering where she stands with her family. Conversations with her mother and father turn confrontational, as her biggest secret is revealed. Supported by loved ones, this family works out real problems in real time. The pain she holds onto becomes the family’s pain as they try to face the unknown future together.

GETTING STARTED

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Getting Started

RT 20 MIN

LGBTQ

Director Andrea Meyerson


GETTING STARTED will open up your heart and mind as Tori and Joy's encounter reveals their vulnerabilities and strengths.