PDX Browncoats is proud to announce (at last!) that this year's charity screenings of Serenity will be held on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at the historic Hollywood Theatre. You read that right: Two screenings this year. In addition, we are very excited to announce that 10% of the door will go to support the Women's Film Initiative....
Our primary charity, Equality Now, of course, was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.
Our addition this year, the Women's Film Initiative, was established in recognition that few role models exist for women interested in pursuing filmmaking behind the camera. Dr. Martha Lauzen of San Diego State University revealed that in 2004 only 5% of directors, 3% of cinematographers, 16% of editors and 12% of writers on the top 250 films were women.
The Women’s Film Initiative is comprised of four programs:
- INSPIRE: A Program for Young Women Filmmakers creates opportunities for female high school students to direct, produce, shoot and edit and their own films.
- The Faerie Godmother Film Scholarships will be provided to Oregon and SW Washington women studying film in a four-year college or university.
- The Women’s Vision Film Grants will support female filmmakers who tell engaging stories that increase social awareness and tolerance, both within and beyond our immediate communities.
- The Portland Women's Film Festival (POW Fest) celebrates the art and cinematic contribution of women filmmakers from around the world. Presented by Sour Apple Productions and Zonker Films, the Festival is produced in partnership with Film Action Oregon. POW Fest! will be held May 8 - 11, 2008.
With the selection of our venue and dates for this year's followup to our enormously successful screening last year, we're anxious to get to work on making this year's event bigger and better.
[ edited by Serenity Tales on 2007-03-15 22:34 ]