BLUESTOCKING FILM FESTIVAL 2017
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.
Elle Schneider, director / Anna Carini, writer / Calliope Porter, Anna Carini, producers
Synopsis: A seemingly ordinary woman is clearly having an un-ordinary day.
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.
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.
RHONNA AND DONNA
Daina Pusic, writer-director / Helen Gladders, producer
Synopsis: How are you supposed to act when you are conjoined at the hip?
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.
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.
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.
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…
This past summer, during the Bluestocking 2016 weekend, a crew of filmmakers and guests of the festival gathered in a photo studio with photographer and Bluestocking alum (and ally) Reggie Burrows Hodges to have some fun and create some Cinema (R)Evolution magic.
Hodges created these concept photos starting from the idea that, in a world where just 9% of the top 250 grossing commercial films are directed by women, we need to continue to call for 50% gender equity in the film industry, both above and below the line, in front of and behind the camera.
These are the stunning result of what we heard was a rabble-rousing, sweaty good time for all. Enjoy!
Announcing the Bluestocking Film Series 2016
Audience Choice Award Winners!
Friday Evening Shorts Program Winner
Three Women Wait For Death, directed by Isabelle Sieb
Saturday Afternoon Youth Screening Winner
Q.U.E.E.N., directed by Brittany Fennell
Saturday Evening Shorts Program Winner
Split Costs, directed by Jeffrey Blake Palmer
THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL AUDIENCES FOR VOTING THEIR FAVORITES AND FOR MAKING THE 6TH ANNUAL BLUESTOCKING FILM SERIES THE MEMORABLE, WARM, AND WELCOMING EXPERIENCE IT WAS!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.