Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thank you to everyone who came out to showings of the film and also to everyone who has attempted to get in touch with me about how to purchase copies or hold screenings of your own.

At this point I am not at a place--financially or otherwise (I am graduating in May and this is my first priority right now!)--to create copies of the film for sale. Please know I will do whatever I can to figure out a way to make copies and have them available but this cannot come until after May. Judging from the responses to the film so far it really feels like people want to talk about these issues. I never ever expected it to get as large as it has or to be this significant. So thank you to everyone who has given me kind words and made me feel like this documentary is really needed--even if I am just an undergrad who did the whole thing on a rather useless budget and severely limited amount of time when it comes to filming a documentary. It means a lot to know that working about four times harder than I normally do was definitely worth it--not just for me but for other people as well.

The trailer link is still up but I'm planning to take down the other two linked pieces of media just because those were part of the first cut and have been changed. If you are interested in showing the film and would like for me to come to your university or community please let me know! If I can get travel funding I will go just about anywhere if it works with my schedule.

A few other things I have been thinking about that are not logistical:
Doing this project has been interesting for me on many levels. I feel like putting the work together I went through a kind of personal transformation. For months after the filming I sat alone in a little cubicle editing and listening and watching and rearranging. To present the film finally was like telling the world this secret I had been holding on to for like 9 months. I have created a zine that talks some about my influences but I have not really mentioned them on the website.
The film is dedicated to Gloria AnzaldĂșa whose work has probably been the most significant influence for me in my life. The book This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color basically shaped my activism when I was a junior in high school. I am greatly dedicated to making sure her work is valued on the level it should be and the work of so many others who were a part of that particular anthology and those that followed. I know the shape of the film, content, and intent, have all been greatly influenced by all that work.
For my undergrad degree I have created my own major looking at how we can mix sociology/anthropology, women's studies, and social work with more creative mediums like film, photography, and creative nonfiction. I really believe that presenting larger social issues in a creative light makes it more accessible. For this reason I feel pretty strongly about not falling into an art form or writing that is completely inaccessible or academic. While many issues talked about in the film may go over the heads of people who are less familiar, I hope that I set it up in a way that it will prompt people to seek out sources and ask more questions in their own lives vs. being completely overwhelmed. This is primarily why I decided to make the zine to hand out at showings of the film--it has about 4 pages worth of resources in it, a gender glossary, and more.

For now I'm getting things in order for a presentations at the following places:
-Wesleyan University on April 28th
-possible screening but most likely a short presentation of clips and talking about the project at the National Women's Studies Association Conference June 28th-July 1st (
-somewhere in D.C. on August 2nd with a performance by hope and anchor who composed the music for the film
-Warren Wilson College sometime in April
-it will also be shown (without me there unfortunately) at the genderPAC conference May 17th-19th in D.C.

Any support right now financially or otherwise is greatly appreciated and welcomed. Thank you for anyone who has already donated to the project, it means a lot to me.
If you would like a copy please send me an email and I'll put you on a list and let you know as soon as it becomes available. I will post new information about screenings when I figure out exact times/places/dates/etc but until then keep fighting the good fight!

In solidarity,


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