Nov 9-13, 2017

AFI Directing Workshop for Women: Screening and Panel Discussion

Tessa Blake, Jean Lee, Dime Davis, and the women directors of HCAF16

Run Time: 90 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

The AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is dedicated to increasing the number of women working professionally at the highest creative level in film and television. For over 40 years, AFI has offered this tuition-free program, providing filmmakers the mentorship and tools to direct and deliver a short lm or series for distribution. DWW is the only program of its kind, with a highly competitive submission process.

Three films from the two most recent DWW programs will be screened, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Tessa Blake, DWW Program Director. The panel of emerging and established women directors screening in this year’s festival (including Jean Lee and Dime Davis, whose DWW films screen in this program), will discuss the DWW, along with other routes that women filmmakers are following to defy the film industry’s systemic biases and build successful careers.

–  Sugar (2016, Dime Davis, 19:47 mins)
A mother and daughter face a harsh new reality — Alzheimer’s disease. After being away, Charlie returns home to find the one person she can’t live without has quickly deteriorated into a woman she hardly knows.

–  Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist (2015, Roja Gashtili & Julia Lerman, 7:58 mins)
Iranian-born Rita Mahtoubian sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary but accidentally captures the attention of a Homeland Security agent.

–  Tortoise (2015, Jean Lee, 14:30 mins)
A man with a dark past risks everything to go on a Halloween adventure with his estranged daughter.

 

 

The AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is dedicated to increasing the number of women working professionally at the highest creative level in film and television. For over 40 years, AFI has offered this tuition-free program, providing filmmakers the mentorship and tools to direct and deliver a short lm or series for distribution. DWW is the only program of its kind, with a highly competitive submission process.

Three films from the two most recent DWW programs will be screened, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Tessa Blake, DWW Program Director. The panel of emerging and established women directors screening in this year’s festival (including Jean Lee and Dime Davis, whose DWW films screen in this program), will discuss the DWW, along with other routes that women filmmakers are following to defy the film industry’s systemic biases and build successful careers.

–  Sugar (2016, Dime Davis, 19:47 mins)
A mother and daughter face a harsh new reality — Alzheimer’s disease. After being away, Charlie returns home to find the one person she can’t live without has quickly deteriorated into a woman she hardly knows.

–  Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist (2015, Roja Gashtili & Julia Lerman, 7:58 mins)
Iranian-born Rita Mahtoubian sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary but accidentally captures the attention of a Homeland Security agent.

–  Tortoise (2015, Jean Lee, 14:30 mins)
A man with a dark past risks everything to go on a Halloween adventure with his estranged daughter.

 

 

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