All films shown on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 will be shown at:
Drexel URBN Annex Screening Room
3401 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Student Admission w/ID: $8
HAUNTING IMAGES SHORTS PROGRAM:
Those films that paint a picture or draw an image that’s hard to forget.
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 1:30PM
A successful photographer is living the life of her dreams, with the love of her life in New York City. Their idyllic happiness is shattered unexpectedly, and she struggles to accept the reality of her loss.
SO HERE WE ARE | 10.5 MIN | ESTONIA
Directed by Madli Lääne
Maria meets her estranged father and her new half sister for an awkward brunch.es knocking when we think we still have time.
SPINOSAURUS | 14 MIN | UK
Directed by Tessa Hoffe
Two children alone. She protects him from a world he is yet to understand.
During the First World War an unflinching young woman determined to defy traditional roles, travels west to pursue a job working the rails.
HAREVAN | 18 MIN | USA
Directed by Marilou Caravecchia-Pelletier
Constrained by her shyness, Clemence is struggling to build relationships with others. To help, she spends time with her Armenian neighbor in whom she will find a confidant.
PLASMATIC DAY | 10 MIN | USA
Directed by Adam Karst
A day in Equal’s life, post the 2008 financial crisis.
Lead Actress Bette Smith will be present for Q&A.
Youth Shorts Program:
Millennials and more…
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 3:30PM
Based on an edit of a testimonial by Chrissy Regler and her son.
Director Spaceship will be present for Q&A.
An independent Toronto film: Follow me stars Hana Holubec as ‘Lucy,’ an instagram famous girl who flaunts her enviable party lifestyle on social media. As the film progresses Lucy begins to realize that her reality isn’t living up to the online persona she has meticulously created.
Schoolgirl Rossella has just split up with her boyfriend and is travelling to school with a handbag full of guns. Her ex has met a new girl and passions are running high. What does Rossella intend to do?
A new kid in town tests the limits at the high school basketball tryouts.
Two young African-American girls learn to play chess competitively and apply those skills to obstacles of race and gender as they prepare for a citywide co-educational tournament in Washington, D.C.
Filmmakers of “Queens in Training” will be present for Q&A.
A short documentary to bring attention to the LA Women’s March, as seen through the eyes of four young women, aged 15, 16, 17 and 18. It was an amazing and historical even that will always be relevant to our time and the film gives a glimpse of how it felt to experience it.
Tee-Hee’s Shorts Program:
It’s time to laugh people.
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 5:30PM
HOT SEAT | 6.5 MIN | USA
Directed by Natalia Curea
A love triangle between a woman and two men.
Director Natalia Curea will be present for Q&A.
Leila (Diana Gitelman) is white-knuckling it tonight. After spending the evening at a wedding reception fulfilling her duties as the Maid of Honor, she has returned to her hotel suite to hide away from temptation and maintain her near 6 months of sobriety. Fun-loving Josh (Avi Rothman) arrives at her door and provides a welcome distraction. A one-night-stand ensues and takes an unexpected turn bringing Leila’s reality into sharp focus.
On the heels of a dairy aisle rampage, well-heeled Angelino Abigail finds herself in the office of celebrity shrink Dr. Libby Berman. At first, Libby’s off-kilter personality and unorthodox methods rattle Abigail, but together they stumble to the bottom of Abby’s anger issues – and Libby discovers a little something new about herself as well.
A LITTLE BIT PREGNANT | 8.5 MIN | USA
Directed by Summer Chastant
A dark comedy about a woman on the verge of having a baby/nervous breakdown.
Director Summer Chastant will be present for Q&A.
BRANNAN & THE MONOSEXUALS | 18 MIN | USA
Directed by Caryn K. Hayes
Brannan brings a whole new meaning to “double dating” when she inadvertently makes a date with two people for the same night.
PLATYPUS | 9 MIN | USA
Directed by Foster Wilson
Armed with an electric mixer, a Mysterious Woman gives Naked Man the battering of his life, but the sexy interrogation brings up feelings that are hard to swallow. Can she have her cake and eat it too? Or will love turn her batter bitter?
A comic look at a kick-ass female friendship and the obstacles and choices women confront while pursuing their goals in the entertainment industry.
Flip The Script is a comedic web series that does just that on the issues of gender parity and representation within the entertainment industry. Created by Ally Iseman, directed by Deena Adar, Joey Ally and Kai Collins, produced by Meredith Riley Stewart and featuring an all star cast in a very timely satire.
The Women’s Film Festival 2018 Closing Night Film:
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 8PM
When a grandmother’s secret past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter’s angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit? Starring 3time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie, Brook Adams, Brett Dier (Ravenwood) and Max Adler (Glee) and based on a true story, SNAPSHOTS begins with a simple roll of film and covers 3 generations of secrets, anger and love.
The film will be followed by a Q & A with Director Melanie Mayron and Producer LeeAnne Matusek.
About Director Melanie Mayron of “SNAPSHOTS”
As the director of notable films like Mean Girls 2, Slap Her She’s French, The Babysitter’s Club, and Freaky Friday, Mayron has brought her directing expertise to television shows like Grace and Frankie with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, The Fosters, Jane the Virgin, In Treatment (HBO), Pretty Little Liars and numerous others. In addition, she has been on the other side of the camera as an actress in the award winning Thirtysomething, Lipstick Jungle, Jane the Virgin, Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars, Breaking the Girls and Playing for Time.
“Snapshots” is a film I very much wanted to see made. It spoke to me on two levels. The first is about love. The complexity of love, who we love, how we choose someone to love, how that affects the path of our lives, and how that path becomes our destiny, and in the end, our legacy. All we have is our life. Our one small, gigantic life amongst so many in the world. But what unites us all as humans, is the experience of love. That experience, if we are lucky enough to experience it, of being swept away by the knowing of a partner, a soul mate is the most breathtaking of experiences. And then there is the time we are born into, the social mores at that time of our life experience. “Snapshots” visits the same experience in two different time/spaces, fifty years apart. It is a heartbreaking and yet revelatory story about love and time.
And then there is another theme present, and that is of holding a secret. It takes courage and tremendous risk to reveal a secret long held, that can be incredibly hard to understand as well as hurtful. In the end, when the secret is out, we are privy to the very private struggle and painful journey one takes to accept, forgive and reclaim trust in someone you love.
I am so very proud of the cast we assembled to do the project and the work that was done. Because in the end, with this particular film, to everyone who contributed to it, it was all about this particular story about this particular love, and this particular family, that everyone felt needed to get out there.
About Producer LeeAnne Matusek of “SNAPSHOTS”
After years of producing theater and short films in Los Angeles, LeeAnne jumped into feature film producing with A Perfect Ending written by Nicole Conn and produced by Soul Kiss Films. That film developed her skills as a producer and created some fantastic creative relationships. When she found the feature film property FOLLOW by Michael Patrick Spillers (currently in development), she knew she had a vehicle that would touch and change lives. “When I read SNAPSHOTS I got chills. Everyone has a secret right? What if you shared that secret with those closest to you and you found out nothing was as it seemed?” This film has everything! I laughed and cried when I read the script and I new I had another winner with this one. Jan Corran’s extensive and broad experience in the film industry has put her in the perfect position to develop her own passion project. I am thrilled to be on board to bring this movie to the big screen.
Closing Night Party is included in with the ticket purchase. Closing Night Party will be at Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen.
About The Women’s Film Festival
The Women’s Film Festival is a forum that inspires and cultivates a movement to celebrate and unite the power of women in the film and entertainment industry.