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!