female-driven

Bluestocking Films Approved at SPACE Gallery, Portland Museum of Art

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Starting in September 2018, in partnership with SPACE Gallery and Portland Museum of Art, Bluestocking will put a stamp of approval on female-centered content playing on local screens and offer Free Ticket giveaways on Facebook. As the first A-Rated film event in the U.S., we are excited to see this abundance of women-directed and female-driven film in Maine. Thank you to Jon Courtney! And we hope to see you at the movies...

Bluestocking 2017 SNEAK PREVIEW >> May 18

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Want to see the Bluestocking 2017 films before they world premiere in Los Angeles in June? Head on down the road to Soundstage 909 in Portsmouth, NH on May 18 when Leah's Movie Lowdown will host a sneak preview at 7:00 PM. Just $5 admission to see these great female-driven, Bechdel-Wallace tested films. For more information, click here. Hope to see you there!

Announcing Bluestocking 2017 Official Selections

BLUESTOCKING FILM FESTIVAL 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

8 Short Female-Driven Films by 8 Talented Directors are selected to premiere at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles on June 23, 2017. Bluestocking 2017 films will also travel across Maine and around the country (schedule still to be determined). Check out trailers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

BLISS BLUE

Elle Schneider, director / Anna Carini, writer / Calliope Porter, Anna Carini, producers

Synopsis: A seemingly ordinary woman is clearly having an un-ordinary day.

RT: 10:19

LAS RUBIAS (THE BLONDES)

Carlota Martinez Pereda, writer-director / Mario Madueño, producer

Synopsis: Blonde, pretty and delinquent. Nothing stands in the way of Marta and Pepa...except another blonde. Inspired by real events.

RT: 17:00

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REAL ARTISTS

Cameo Wood, director/producer / Ryon Lane & Alexa Fraser-Herron, co-producers

Synopsis: Set in the near future, and based on Ken Liu’s short story of the same name, Sophia has just scored every animator’s dream. But in order to maintain her artistic integrity, it’s going to take all of Sophia’s instincts and nerve.

RT: 12:00

RHONNA AND DONNA

Daina Pusic, writer-director / Helen Gladders, producer

Synopsis: How are you supposed to act when you are conjoined at the hip?

RT: 14:40

SHAUNA IS A LIAR

Chell Stephen, writer-director / Kristy Neville, producer

Synopsis: An isolated, imaginative, perfectionist exacts ill-conceived revenge on all liars of the world via the one target she has access to: a classmate sharing her name.

RT: 10:10

TERMINAL

Natasha Waugh, writer-director / David C. Lynch, producer

Synopsis: TERMINAL is a short film about the decisions women make in the face of overwhelming personal circumstance.

RT: 10:50

THEY CHARGE FOR THE SUN

Terence Nance, director / Eugene Ramos, writer / Guilia Caruso, Kady Kamakaté, Ana Souza, producers

Synopsis: In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young black girl unravels the lie that has kept her and her sister in the dark.

RT: 16:46

ZARPAZO

Nerea Castro Andreu, writer-director / Ziggurat Films, production

Synopsis: Mar and Xara meet in a remote mountain setting. Everything is prepared to make the leap into hiding…

RT: 14:30

And the winners are ...

Announcing the Bluestocking Film Series 2016 Award Winners! Thank you to our talented and diligent prize jurors Amma Asante, Maria Giese, and Michelle Kantor.

First Prize $500                                                                                              "The Beast"                                                                                                      Daina O. Pusic, director

Second Prize $250                                                                                        "Three Women Wait For Death"                                                                     Isabelle Sieb, director

Rising Star Award $250                                                                                  Laya Lewis                                                                                                     For her lead performance in Alexander Thomas' "Beverley"

Best Production Design $400 Production Package                                    Brittany Fennell                                                                                               "Q.U.E.E.N."

Best Cinematography $400 Production Package                                    Natalie Kingston                                                                                          "Dandelion" (Mary Thoma, director)

Reserve your seat for the hottest show in Maine this July — Bluestocking Film Series 2016! http://bluestockingfilms.com/tickets

World Premiere ROAD MOVIE **Cellphone** Challenge

We LOVE road movies. In fact, we love them so much that, in homage to the release of "Thelma and Louise" 25 years ago, we created an entire World Premiere category calling for submissions of female-driven road movies for Bluestocking Film Series 2016.

And now, we're taking it one step further. We are putting out a special call for female-driven short films in the ROAD MOVIE category — specifically, 7 minutes or less — that have been shot on your handheld device.

You are free to choose ANY genre to express your road narrative, but the film should explore how being unmoored from our everyday fixed places brings about change, for good or bad.

We encourage filmmakers to take a handmade, organic approach to the subject of road narrative. Surprise us. Shock us. Move us. Make us cry. Even remake a classic.

Whatever form your 7-minute ROAD MOVIE takes, here are the *ironclad* Rules of the Game. To qualify:

1. Must feature a complex female protagonist at the center of the story.

2. Must pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test. Every film should therefore feature 2 or more female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man, men, or boys.

3. Must be 7 minutes or less total running time (including title and credits sequences).

4. The primary action of the movie must take place ON THE ROAD in a literal sense.*

5. You must use your cellphone (or tablet) as the camera.

*We reserve the right to interpret the literal sense of ON THE ROAD.

Everything else is up to you.

What YOU get:

1. Every qualified entrant is granted a 100% fee waiver to the festival up to our final deadline, April 29.* Email us at bluestockingfilmseries@gmail.com to get your waiver code.

2. If selected, your film will make its World Premiere at Bluestocking Film Series 2016.

3. You will be eligible for all prizes, cash and otherwise.**

*Entry does not guarantee selection or exhibition.

**In-kind production prizes are only available to ship domestically in the U.S.

#DriveSheSaid — Bluestocking 2016

Check it out! Bluestocking artistic director Kate Kaminski in conversation with Kari Wagner-Peck about her love of road movies and Bluestocking 2016 call for entries.

This year, we're accepting films in two categories. Our regular category is for narrative fiction films of up to 30 minutes in any genre. All films in the Narrative category must be Maine premiere. We also have a special World Premiere category: The Complex Female Protagonist Road Movie. Filmmakers are invited to submit films starting on January 1.

Bluestocking 2016 will take place July 15–16 — please visit our Bluestocking6 page for details and updates.

Join us!