Great Films & Stimulating Conversations
In total we screened 11 features, 11 documentaries, and 18 shorts and works in progress. In addition, we convened 4 panels to discuss the role of women in the film industry; held a moving conversation with Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, and held three master classes for filmmakers. Over 4,800 people attended the movies, panels and receptions. Here are some highlights:
• Director of Belle, Amma Asante, flew in from Amsterdam for the New York Premiere of her stellar film;
• A fantastic panel followed the Centerpiece Film, DeCoding Annie Parker, with Steven Bernstein, the film’s director, and a panel of scientists;
• Grace Lee Boggs, a member of the Barnard Class of 1935, attended the screening of the bio-pic, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs and the buzz lasted late into the evening;
• Director Lexi Alexander whose recent blog post flew around the internet challenged the film industry to be more proactive about the lack of women directors;
• Director Donna Zaccaro attended the screening of the Closing Film that she made about her mother, Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way;
• In what was perhaps the most joyous moment of the festival, following the screening of Frozen, Barnard junior, Ariane Rinehart (fresh from her role on NBC’s Sound of Music) led a sing-along of the Oscar nominated-song, Let It Go, with an audience filled with Girls Scouts of Greater New York.