Big weekend with Sista screening in fives times in three cities around the country. We'll be in Bend, Oregon with Director Dawn Jones Redstone attending, as well as in Baltimore and Nashville! See details here.
We have been accepted to an Oscar-qualifying festival!!! Sista in the Brotherhood will screen at the St. Louis International Film Festival on November 6th at 2 pm! Out of 7,000 festivals world wide, only 63 have this accreditation and only 26 of them are in the United States. Needless to say, we're EXCITED!! Help us spread the word if you know anyone in St. Louis, please. Director Dawn Jones Redstone will attend.
We're delighted to announce that we won Best Short Film at the Local Sightings Film Festival by Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. Judges Paula Bernstein, contributing editor to Filmmaker Magazine, Sudeep Sharma, film programmer and media scholar, and Khalik Allah, New York based filmmaker and photographer.
It was amazing just to meet these people whom I have tremendous respect for, but over the top to have them watch Sista and be moved enough to vote it Best Film. Thank you Northwest Film Forum and thank you, jurors!
New article in The Skanner in Portland. Read it here.
Director Dawn Jones Redstone, third from right, on a panel at Reel Sisters presents: #sayhername, a conversation on race and gender in NYC last night. Sista in the Brotherhood screened with three other films (filmmakers above) followed by a discussion.
Sista is touring the country! There has been so much happening with the film! I admit that I am barely keeping up with my life right now, but it's the best "problem" in the world to have. A lot of time goes into corresponding with festivals, transferring files, filling out forms, ordering special files, updating social media, talking to press and of course, my favorite, traveling with the film and attending screenings! Connecting with audiences makes it all worth it. And now, fresh off our screenings in Portland, Manchester and last night's in Richmond, we have a lot more festivals happening in the next month and a half! Here's the lineup.
September 23 at Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle, Washington
7 p.m. as part of Women's Epochs collection of shorts. Put on by NW Film Forum and Sundance is offering a special workshop! Details here. Roberta Hunte and Kjerstin Johnson and I are all attending!
September 27 at the Reel Sisters event "#sayhername: a conversation on race & gender" in New York, New York
This is a special screening with four other short films at the NY Media Center by IFP followed by discussion. I'll be participating on the panel! Info here.
October 7, 2016 at International Black Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee
Huge festival. We're in competition. Details here.
October 5-9, 2016 at Baltimore International Black Film Festival in Baltimore, Maryland
Details coming soon here.
October 8 at the Bend Film Festival in Bend, Oregon
Details here. I'll be attending and part of a panel on Women in Film/Film Fatales with Maggie Renzi who produced John Sayles' films!
October 22 at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival in New York, New York
We won the Reel Sisters Spirit Award! I'll be attending to receive the award at the ceremony October 19 and then attend the festival on the 22nd!! We hear Time Warner, owners of HBO, will be in the audience!!
October 25 at the Savannah Film Festival in Savannah, Georgia
Details coming soon.
It's going to be busy, but super exciting and this doesn't include any of the private screenings we are also working out for October. We'll be screening with a local construction company, in Canada with a trades group, and potentially with a women's architectural group here in town.
We've had a lot of attention lately! Here's the Sista in the Brotherhood media parade if you missed it:
The Governor of Oregon tweeted about us!
https://twitter.com/OregonGovBrown/status/773305424187568129 (Retweet and share if you can!)
Article in Portland's Daily Journal of Commerce
The DJC also just named Katie Hughes and me Women of Vision and we'll be receiving the award next month. Katie is a former Oregon Tradeswomen co-worker, Executive Director of Girls Build, and she also worked on Sista in the Brotherhood!
Article in the Willamette Week Fall Arts Guide (large Portland weekly)
Lastly, I wanted to share some photos from a screening we had this past week. The film was shot on the site of the actual Sellwood Bridge construction site and we were so grateful to be given that permission. Last week they had us back to do a special screening of the film with the Lean In group on site--about 20 women both in the office trailer and out on the bridge who gather to talk about how to support each other. It was such a unique and wonderful experience for both Roberta and me. See pics below.
Thanks for following along.
Dawn Jones Redstone
Director, Sista in the Brotherhood
And don't forget about Roberta Hunte's upcoming community-based performance that explores issues of reproductive justice!
The ladies of the Sellwood Bridge site. Roberta on the right!
Roberta and I with Stephanie Ryznar who was my student from when I taught at Oregon Tradeswomen. Stephanie is a pile buck on the Sellwood Bridge!
Wow!! Incredible to see the governor helping to spread the word about our film and the issues faced by tradeswomen. Thank you, Governor! #theguvluvsista #holymoly
Excited to screen Sista in Richmond, Virginia next on September 17th as part of the Afrikana Independent Film Festival!! Details here.
Thanks to the DJC of Oregon for great coverage on the film!! Read the article here.
Just a quick announcement that we've been accepted and will screen between October 24-28. Director Dawn Jones Redstone will attend. More details coming soon.