Womens Film Institute.mp3

Friday, March 24th


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Put up two point nine KB LX the morning at sterling James and it's time for Kate Felix cares where we shot lead on people and organizations that serve and power and in light new idea came Felix family and today we are thrilled to welcome the founder of the women's film institute please welcome Scarlett Shepperd let's -- good morning. OK so for those who are unfamiliar with the women's film institute let's just introduce our listeners are QB elect's family to the film institute so that they know how to first and foremost take full advantage of the programs and the film screenings and all that and then they also know how to support you and best serve your niece's house tell us about the woman's film institute you've founded it. When how why what yes these are all great classic and now I founded it as a student at SF state when I was earning my film degree in 2004. You know I was on a journey learning about what it kind of films I wanna make one of the things that I noticed in my studies is that we didn't really study the contributions of women in cinema I had no idea that women -- apart of making cinema since 1890s sic so I got together with like minded individuals. And teachers and we started this little three day film festival you know it was one of those things that was really about discovering your -- also bringing a gift to the community was very much needed and I learned so much about how did you film festival and so I really had to learn and community helped me bring this to San Francisco and it started as a film festival and now it has progressed into something much larger yes one of the things that. I always wanted to do is expand it year round because it was such success for three days we had you know films from around the globe. I women. And I want to. Have a forum where young girls can come and learn how to make their own films and tell different stories and so we founded generation her story. Which would help girls content to our location and learn how to make around appease and we would place them at the film festival you would watch a young girl come into our workshop really thrived behind the camera. Just finding her voice learning how to even tell a story of writing scripts and learning how a camera works in a photography. And then editing it and then bringing her own films to an audience and I think that is something that was really. A defining moment for me in the women's film institute is to really have a place a forum to nurture the next generation of girls where's your space that these girls come to. You do this work what we have different partnerships. And most the time what we will do is come to the schools with the equipment and against actors -- not really bound by one place he can come to EU which is really exciting so if anybody listening as an after school program are has how does that work with the partnership yes so basically you can come to women's film institute dot com and you can lean -- say hey you know we're really interest in learning about your film program we would like to bring it to you -- community we will it work around schedule and also work with the school's budget reduction in the organization's budget it's a sliding scale program there is that he involvement that we really wanna make it accessible to the community and it's called her story generation her story and then we also have workshops to help young girls find their inner super power. Which I want asking you if you hide your own super power what would it. He and why I would like to be able to. Read underwater. I want to be in the ocean with the turtles and the whales and the dolphins and scorers and yeah I don't know why that team make a film about that share and you know underwater camera. If it well they have done it. So you have the equipment and you bring equipment to me an example like if you worked with the San Cisco unified school district Oakland unified school yesterday or Boys and Girls Club of America or does that work Ers. Different workshops so we do you have filmmaking workshops oh. We would reign of the equipment and some of the locations would parity have been a computer senator. And so we would collaborate we would go there we would do you like media two week. Workshop and it would be after school so the kids and dead the students in the mantras Whitcomb and from around like three to seven and it would all be different. Ways of telling your story so you know one to me it would be learn how to write scripts for your movie and then the second day would be. Learn how to shoot this scripts and learn how to collaborate learn how to cast and then. The final faces would be learn how to edit putting your story together so it's really you know and experience. For the used to be able to see make their own movie and show it to the world as Guinness and then do them film's end up being shown somewhere so it would be at the San Francisco international women's film festival and then we also have different partnerships with a different festivals where they would screen defines year's super. Inner Harrell and if you weld the workshop that's usually about one to three hours and we'll go. And we'll explore. Different ways of telling stories and having that used. Learned. Do their own creating their own super hero and so we would watch films them on different comic writers and we would studied the ways to tell a story and so they would learn how to CU. Bring their super heroine to life not just really nice because. It's all about. Finding your voice and working together and team building activities whether it's a writing exercise. Whether it's critiquing media and then at the and you can drop your super heroine and Nene and and give it a story and I think you know it's a great way to really he. Find your strength and your courage. Your creativity. That's so important I think Sweden do you need these spaces for girls to be able to creates. The world that they want to see for himself. This is KB Alex cares only a two point nine QB Alex it's sterling and where it sit down with the founder of women's film institute Scarlett shepherd started with the fast of all announce a full institute yes great programs including her story media arts project Telus may be a little start to finish story about a young lady who may have come through your programs and where she is now. I think about a young woman named Pfeiffer. She came through our workshop. About. Four to six weeks I believe she was in middle school she had such. Passion. For storytelling. And if so inspiring she made this film about cosmetics and some of the ingredients that are and it act could be potentially hazardous chair. It was a great educational tool it was also the way she constructed the short film. It was really her personality in that film we showed that the film festival I just remember the lights going. Down and we watch the movie and then I came up there was like this huge applies and she was there with her family and just. The proud moment. And to see her work on the big screen was just amazing. And then she went on to study film in New York it's stories like that that just show all it takes is investing in girl and giving them the platform. To tell their own stories. And you'll be amazed. Now amazing. What our audience do to help supports the women's film institute definitely come out and see air screenings we also have volunteer opportunities. And you can find is that women's film institute dot com. We will be accepting films for annual film festival so you could always submit a film that's happening. In the fall of this year and that'll be for march at 2018. Home festival so if women have already produced their own films short films pulling films both either yes and short films. Feature films. Web series. You name it if you can make it a show. And cement that at women's film institute dot com and you're gonna start taking submissions in the fall cracked and that is for the actual film festival which happens every year in March for women's history month that's right okay and what about the or her story media arts project when can you start getting involved with that so that they can make their shorts or feature films so we are taking sign ups right now for springing. And fall so if you're inched it definitely come to women's film institute dot com slash her story. And get in touch with us and we'll give you with the hands on training media literacy education to girls ages twelve to nineteen where they have a chance to discover there superpower so there's two tracks there is the one where you make your film and then that's usually like for me and then superhero wine can be a day it can be two hours and we come in and we lead the workshop and we get all these activities would be. How do you feel. The film industry has grown since you first started. Women's film institute back in 2004 reason. To announce funny seventeen. There were more women making films. In the early years active. Cinema on 1996. And I think now. We do you have women making films but I do think that. There are some very years in the industry that we still have to you. Work to break through and hold on to begin then the opportunity to make a film. When you look at Hollywood it's probably he a lot harder when you get into television I feel like I've seen. That the opportunities. You know to be in the director's chair are becoming that are all but iced do you think that there are. Perceived. That attitude where the director's chair is for. I'm man enough I really don't know why that is but I think with education I think with more women speaking out I mean it's really important and I think to have this conversation. And to have this dialogue will open up more opportunities for women to have to be in the film industry to be in television. And to make their on their on appease and how do you keep up with Ed tech. At when I it was in film school I learn how to shoot a movie on actual film I ended up doing digital. And that was really two different medium little film it was very expensive so you had to know why you shot and he went out because you did not want to waste that money home. And then additionally you can. Really have. The licensed to to shoot and shoot shoot a back and also kill you and editing right have too much so how. Have being a cohesive. Plan to tell your story. No matter what that story in on the batter. And sometimes you'll have to. Getaway plan because it doesn't always go according to how you in addition to it yeah it's kind of like having the thirtieth creativity. And online com. Scarlett shepherd is the founder of the women's film institute website again is women's film institute dot com. Taking submissions now for the generation her story media arts project for young girls ages twelve and nineteen and in the fall taking submissions from women of all ages for the women's film. Festival which is coming in March 20 ET AR right scarlet and a pleasure to have you here thank you so much for sharing your story and and again if people wanna get involved to support and to participate women's film institute thank you. Thank you so yes I went up against US. For being. Representing. Acts I've seen it. Okay. Thank you are listening to Alex scares thank you to our producer Carlos -- may -- bringing the women's film institute to our attention if you would like to shine on your organization their you'd knows somebody who's doing good in the habit and you think that they deserve the spotlight please email me as James KB Alex dot com and in the subject line project helix camps because we didn't.