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Girls Making Media That Matters Film Fest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4/4/2016

Contact:

Vera Zambonelli

Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking

vera@hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org

808-206-0848

THIS APRIL, HAWAIʻI WOMEN IN FILMMAKING BRINGS A SPECIAL SCREENING of GIRLS MAKING MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FEST

Recently wrapped productions by all local girls crews!

HONOLULU SCREENING TO FEATURE Q&A WITH YOUNG FILMMAKERS

Honolulu, HI— Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking is excited to offer an advance screening of the shorts films produced during the 2016 Spring Making Media That Matters (MMTM), a 13-week all-girls filmmaking afterschool program, designed to make films for civic engagement and social justice.

Four crews, sixteen teens, and fourteen creative staff members produced four short films based on issues they feel strongly about: child poverty, beauty standards, body image, and cis-heteronormativity. “Don't make assumptions” and “We're enough as we are” are some of the messages these young filmmakers want to convey through their short films, as well as the desire for viewers to move beyond “staying in [their] own little world."

“We offer programs like MMTM so that girls stop being recipients of media that others create and became makers of their own,” states Vera Zambonelli of Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking. “We create the conditions that facilitate the expression of their brilliance. We do not ‘empower’ them, they are powerful, we just help in unleashing their might, energy, and creativity through film! We create media conducive to reframing the way adults and allies think about girls and young women and what matters to them."

Programs like MMTM are key in engaging more girls and young women in filmmaking to produce films. These films are informed by participants' perspectives and meant to redress the gender inequity that characterizes the film industry.

During the showcase, we will also launch our crowdfunding campaign to support the 2016 Summer Reel Camps for Girls, which are week-long, hands-on filmmaking camp for girls. For more information on our summer camps: http://bit.ly/SRC4G

The 2016 MMTM program has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund, Atherton Family Foundation, NoVo Foundation, ʻŌlelo Community Media, and Hawaiʻi Camera.

WHAT: FREE screenings of Making Media That Matters, followed by a community discussion with the filmmakers, instructors, and mentors.

WHO: Presenters: Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking

WHEN: April 29, 2016 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Kamakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822

RSVP: by April 22, at aloha@hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org

For more information and downloadable images, visit: http://bit.ly/MMTM2016

About Making Media That Matters

Making Media That Matters is a filmmaking program for girls (trans, cis, and non-binary). During the program, participants learn how to make a short film and develop film and critical-thinking skills by examining issues that affect them and their communities. Making Media That Matters provides a platform for girls to tell their stories and be agents of social change through film. Film for civic engagement and social justice.

About Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking

Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking is committed to achieving gender equity in filmmaking and other creative media arts. We are a creative and safe space where film and media-makers connect, create, mentor, and inspire current and future generations of women to explore and pursue careers in the field of filmmaking. By providing access to a broad network of resources, education, leadership, and support, we create the conditions for women and girls to express themselves through the media of film; raise awareness and visibility of women's and girls' work in film; and promote a diverse and positive representation of girls and women in media. For more visit hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org

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