WOMEN OF WONDERS FILM FEST

DORIS DUKE THEATER | MARCH 1-2, 2017

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March 1, 2017

4:00 short films program #1

So we'll always remember by Chloe Fagan, Mele Hattori, Kanani Jones, and Taimane Matua
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This short film is about two best friends, Skylar and Jessica in a roller coaster of obstacles. In the end will their friendship remain steadfast? Or will it die?

The Replacements by Ryan Coules and Liv Peralta
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Are you sure who your friends are?

Kill them with kindness by Phoenix Maimiti Valentine Uesugi, Kamali Compehos, Alex Davis, Kahōkū Hattori, Lauryn Ford
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Amber and Sophia, two bullied girls in school, decide to spread jubilation across their town with post its of cheer, motivation, and inspiration. Their odyssey of happiness leaves the girls with confidence to face even their bullies with messages of joy.

A twisted friendship by Lucy Fagan, Sydnee Lum, Camila Centeno-Salimova, Kuʻulei Fung
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A story of friendship torn apart by a glimpse of popularity. Main character, Kate, now has to deal with the “mean girls” and cyberbullying. In the midst of the drama, Kate finds a new friend in an unexpected place.

Diagnosed pink by Kayla Manz, Ginger Morris, and Jade Brier
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A story of friendship torn apart by a glimpse of popularity. Main character, Kate, now has to deal with the “mean girls” and cyberbullying. In the midst of the drama, Kate finds a new friend in an unexpected place.

4:30-5:30 panel w/filmmakers of *girls make movies* moderated by Taylour chang 

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6:00 short films program #2

Blank projections by Jordyn Saito, Grace Schnetzler, Andromeda King, and Zoe Payne
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Blank Projections is an experimental short film that takes an alternative look at the influence society has on girls.

Cutouts by Kyung Ju Lee, Trinity Lonoaea, Jenna Kuramoto, Malia Kuramoto, Maya Williams, and Sequoia Rusk
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A girl is chased by cutouts of a magazine when struggling with self-image and confidence issues. 

Selfie: The Girl Behind the Face by Ella Lacanienta
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The short documentary "Selfie" represents the stereotypes that cloud people's judgement and self-perception. I targeted my research and interviews towards females since the majority of media and social norms regarding women's appearances are mainly based off of size and beauty rather than knowledge and strength. This 10-minute film allows its viewers to have a glimpse into the humorous and pressured teenage girls of Hawaii. Hopefully the documentary will be used as a tool to raise awareness about negative social media that deeply affect female adolescents

On beauty by Joanna Rudnick
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The film follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty. At the center of ON BEAUTY are two of Rick's photo subjects: Sarah and Jayne. In eighth grade Sarah left public school because she was bullied so harshly for the birthmark on her face and brain. Jayne lives with albinism in Eastern Africa where society is blind to her unique health and safety needs and where witch doctors hunt people with her condition to sell their body parts. We follow Rick as he uses his lens to challenge convention and media’s narrow scope of with the help of two extraordinary women.

7:00-8:00 Q&a and panel w/filmmakers on *alternative narratives* moderated by katherine caldwell

March 2, 2017 

6:00 short films program #3

The Bridge A film by Cindy Iodice
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Pono, a tenacious seven-year old Hawaiian boy, lives with his family in a five-story tree house, deep in the rainforest of Hawaii's Manoa Valley. By spending time with his native Hawaiian father and through the process of cultural transmission the boy learns about his ancestral roots and Hawaiian history. Will young Pono's knowledge be enough to help save his Caucasian Christian mother's life during her chance encounter with the Hawaiian Night Marchers, a troop of ghostly apparitions?

Late Expectations A film by Laurie Arakaki
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A closeted lesbian must tell her boyfriend the truth.

B Movie By Alana Bombino
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Liann, a competitive 5th grader from Hilo, Hawaii, is paired up with Louie, the class clown for a video assignment and must learn to compromise with him or risk failing the assignment.

Q&A with filmmakers moderated by carter schneider

7:30 Feature documentary + call to action

Ovarian Psycos by Ella  Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle
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Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color. The film intimately chronicles Xela as she struggles to strike a balance between her activism and nine year old daughter Yoli; street artist Andi who is estranged from her family and journeys to become a leader within the crew; and bright eyed recruit Evie, who despite poverty, and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother, discovers a newfound confidence. The film Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ova’s, exploring the impact of the group’s activism, born of feminist ideals, Indigenous understanding and an urban/hood mentality, on neighborhood women and communities as they confront injustice, racism, and violence, and take back their streets one ride at a time.

Q&A with Pamela velazquez Avila-ovarian psycos bicycle brigade MODERATED BY DANIELLA ORTIZ-PADILLA

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MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE HAWAIʻI WOMEN'S LEGAL

FOUNDATION AND WOMEN MAKE MOVIES.