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You are invited: Making Media That Matters Showcase



Vera Zambonelli

Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking




Honolulu, HI— Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking is excited to invite you to an advance screening of the shorts films produced during the 2018 Spring Making Media That Matters (MMTM), a 15-week all-girls filmmaking after school program, designed to make films for civic engagement and social justice.

Two crews, nine teens, and supportive staff members produced two short films based on issues they feel strongly about. Thoughts and Prayers produced by Anonymous Films is an experimental film that takes on the issue of school shootings in America and the short documentary De-code Dress Code examines and questions dress code policies and policing at school.

The screening of each film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by Taylour Chang. Serena Ngaio Simmons and Noa Helela will perform during the intermission.

“We engage the next generation of women filmmakers to develop stories that are diverse, representative of the lives they lead and what they care about” says Vera Zambonelli, founder and executive director of Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking. “And, this is media that we need to learn from, media conducive to reframing the way adults and allies think about girls and young women and what matters to them."

Doors open at 6:30 pm, partner community organizations tabling will run from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, and screening starts at 7:00 pm.

Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

2645 Dole St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

The showcase is free and open to the public. We welcome donations to support our efforts in raising $15K in May Donations are tax-deductible.Contributions will assist Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking in providing scholarships, necessary supplies and equipment; refreshments/snacks during daily activities; and connection to mentors experienced in the film industry.

HWF is committed to creating space that allows girls from all backgrounds to voice their opinions, explore their creativity and be supported by caring and experienced mentors from their communities.

The 2018 MMTM program has been made possible thanks to the generous support of NoVo Foundation, and C&C Grant-in-Aid.

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 a feminist nonprofit 501.c.3 organization committed to achieving gender equity in filmmaking. 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 medium 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.​


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