OFFICIAL 2001 WINFEMME FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION
Film Festival - She Speaks Cinema
Clarity Theatre 100 Crescent Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
WONDER, Director, Drew Ann Rosenberg, Producers, Robert
Hays, John Walcutt, Drew Ann Rosenberg. Cast: Robert Hays,
Ellen Greene, Geneviéve Bujold, Anglea Gots. Set in
1979, Alex, a sixteen year-old high school senior and prima
ballerina, has her eyes set squarely on attending Julliard.
But Alex's friends are losing their virginity, and she is
being pressured to join the club. Alex's home is like a living
in a commune, with parents who behave more like children.
But soon the family starts to unravel and Alex is in jeopardy
of losing what she has worked for all of her life.
Director, Robert Martin Carroll, Writer, Dalene Young, based
on her play "What Color is Love", Producer, Peter
Shepherd. Cast: Mariam Parris, Christian Leffler, Danny Cistone,
Dalene Young, Christopher Darga, Laura Cayouette. In this
dark comedy of artists and poetry slams, we discover that
as a child, Lee Ann was abandoned and left to die. Now a young
adult, Lee Ann carries deep scars and continues to "abandon"
babies as she searches for love. A film full of heartache
and hidden secrets until all that remains is hope.
2ND LAW, Director/Writer/Producer/Editor/Soundman/Negative
Cutter, Ian Gamazon. Cast: Amy Shelton-White, Tim Duquette,
Lee Smith, Shannon Levis, J.D. Karas, Earl Dittebrandt, Angela
Arnold. After a young woman is raped and left for dead in
the desert, she decides to extract the ultimate revenge on
her "attacker". Sigmund says: "Little girls
do not resort to denial when they see that boy's genitals
are forged differently from their own. They are overcome by
envy for the penis, an envy culminating in the wish (which
is so important in the consequences), to be boys themselves".
WAKE, Director/Writer/Producer/Editor, Erica Jordan.
Cast: Julia D'Orazio, Timothy Rodriquez, Ted Herzberg, Patricia
Jiron, Michael Meyres, John Stevenson, Karen Schub, Francis
Asssdi. A talented sculptor, Tommy struggles with love, friendship
and her day job, until she is unceremoniously evicted. Faced
with the impossible task of finding an affordable San Francisco
apartment, Tommy stumbles across an old diary of an anonymous
woman who writes about living in the earth-shattering year
1906, and Tommy begins to live vicariously in this stranger's
life until she rediscovers that which most sustains her.
FUTURE QUEEN, Director, Todd Verow, Writers Todd Verow,
Jim Dwyer, and Philly. A film about a volatile, (is she certifiable?),
wild, wanna be rock star, Anti Matter (PHILLY) on her one
last make or break attempt at superstardom. It is a film about
not letting go of your dreams even if not letting go means
you must never achieve them. Anti Matter and her band EAGER
MEAT will rock you, rob you and screw you over, but good.
LEARNS TO SWIM, Writer/Director/Producer/Lyricist/Credit-Card-Goddess:
Jürgen Vsych, Cast: Julia Lee, Lauren Birkell, Hilary
Shepard, Camille Langfield, Dian Kobayashi, Jennifer Massey
, George Gray, Ben Guillory. A campy trip with a bimbo who
debates whether to join a group of bankrupt super-heroines,
or their wealthy villainous counterparts who run an advertising
MOST, Director/Writer, Jane L. Cusumano, Executive
Producer, James Cusumano, Cast, Chad Allen, Polly Cusumano,
Gretchen German , Marshall Teague, Tamara Clatterbuck, Jim
Metzler. A bittersweet Romeo & Juliet story set in a one-horse
Texas town. We follow two teenagers who have torn feelings
of friendship, passionate love and tragic memories. All woven
through the guilt and control of their parents, the pain of
small-town prejudice, and the dreams of two people reaching
for each other from the other side of the tracks.
Director, Brian To, Writer, Spencer Beglarian, Producer, Patty
Long, Co-Producer, Sally Kirkland. Cast: Sally Kirkland, Alexis
Arquette, Judy Greer, Michael Kelley, Brian To, Akiko Shima.
At this oddball IRS branch they demand a lot more than just
back taxes! When a Hollywood couple, a feng-shui expert &
an upcoming TV star get called in for an audit, they face
an examiner who has a private axe to grind. Both the evil
IRS agent along with his lecherous lesbian secretary add new
meaning to the fear and loathing of BIG BROTHER.
Director/Writer, Greg Durbin, (inspired by "El Hombre
del Paraguas", a short story by Fernando Sorrentino).
Executive Producer, Susan Bailey. Cast, Navid Negahban, Maria
Elena Jorda-Langfeldt. A tenacious, mute trombonist peruses
a distraught young woman relentlessly across the Mexican border.
But this strange musician has a very unusual way of showing
his affection to Anjelica, who lives in a love/hate saga beyond
her wildest nightmares.
LIGHT, (Director, Robin Murphy), Dying Light is the
moving story of Eva, a strong willed elderly woman who is
struggling to come to terms with her inability to look after
herself, or make sense of her life as dementia takes over.
Unable to remember her own children, she finds refuge in the
passionate memories of her youth, of her life as a lover and
a young mother. Those memories are becoming more vivid and
real to her than the world that currently exists around her.
HAS LEFT THE BUILDING, Director, Elizabeth Massie,
Producers, Cricky Long, Larry Strothe, Noah Kadner; Writers,
Cricky Long and Elizabeth Massie. Cast, Christine Estabrook,
Cricky Long.,William O'Leary. ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
is the unlikely adventure of an estranged mother (Lily Ann-
a Southern Belle from hell) and daughter (Kate- a fresh-out-of-rehab
alcoholic). When Lily Ann accidentally takes two hits of ecstasy
from Kate's medicine cabinet, she has the night of her life
while Kate struggles to keep her mom out of trouble and battle
her own demons on the streets of Hollywood.
HOST, Director/Writer, Bernadette Anderson. "Heavenly
Host" is a timeless tale of sibling power struggles and
manipulation. Seven-year-old Katie Fitzgerald is fed up with
her older sister Colleen's taunts and teases. When Colleen
challenges her "goodie two shoes" sister Katie,
to do the "unthinkable" and commit a mortal sin,
Katie accepts proving to Colleen once and for all that she
is no "saint".
VENUS, Director/Writer, Dean Kapsalis, Producer, Tommy
Minnix. Cast: Margret RR Echeverria, Adrain Tridel. Love may
be a small piece in life's puzzle but to Madeline, the picture
is incomplete! Beautifully shot and deftly directed, this
wonderfully mischievous film humorously explores the sensuality
of one of life's more 'Rubenesque' women.
BACK, Director/Writer/Producer, Christopher Harris,
cast: Lorri Holt and Peter Kjenaas. After living out of state
for more than ten years, Mary returns to New Jersey. She knew
it would be only a matter of time before she ran into 'him'.
When Mary finally does see Ed on a New York City street, she
follows him onto a commuter train. Heading into the New Jersey
suburbs at dusk, Ed and Mary re-connect with each other, discovering
that a door to the past is abruptly re-opened.
Director, Judy Dennis, Producers: Judy Dennis and Ellen Dennis,
Executive Producer: Mitchell Lichtenstein. Cast: Anne Lange,
Ellen McElduff, and James Kennedy. Based on a New Yorker story
by Janet Kauffman, PATRIOTIC focuses on a unique trio whose
friendship deepens in the course of a day's hay harvest and
it celebrates small acts of rejuvenation.
OUT OF TIME, Director/Writer, Tania Trepanned
Running Out of Time is about a filmmaker who must get her
film to the projectionist on time--against all odds!
Director/Writer, Jen McGowan, Producers Monica Carranza &
Jen McGowan, Cast: Livia Newman, Roberto Raad. This filmmaker's
directorial debut, "She Never" invites you to explore
the thin line between yes & no. Right & wrong, consent
& refusal become matters of opinion when Christine remembers
an encounter with Cary.
GUNSHOT, Director/Writer, Gabriella Tollman, Producers,
Gabriella Tollman, Tyler Hubby. Cast: Nadine Kadey, Robert
Daniel, Norman Victor, Casey Kunene, Gabriella Tollman. In
a narrative that blends the past and present in a fluid and
lyrical style, THE LAST GUNSHOT explores the intertwined lives
and memories of Helen, a white teenager, and Sophie, a black
servant, brought together by a common memory of the tyranny
of apartheid of South Africa. They ultimately reconnect their
friendship and attempt to heal the wounds of their past.
STORIES FROM THE END OF EVERYTHING, Writer/Director
is Semi Chellas, (from the stories by Judith Wambera), Producer
John Buchan, "Century Hotel," "Shrink.",
(also a casting director, "Virgin Suicides," Sweet
Hereafter."). Cast: Starring Soo Garay, John Robinson
and Lucas Denton. The three stories are in fact one story,
the story of a woman groping her way through the pain and
strangeness of the break-up of her marriage. Of a woman dealing
with the minor cruelties, the left over longings, the unexpected
humor and the small comforts that come in the wake of lost
Director, Kandeyce Jorden, writer/producer David Veloz.
Cast, Kandeyce Jorden, Chad Lindberg, Heather Shrake, Billy
Rieck. A woman who followed her curiosity has ended up on
the trash heap of Los Angeles nightlife. Literally. When three
kidnappers, who are mired in their own failure, discover her
the engines of fate roar, and the morning only brings more
ALBUM, Director/Writer, Carolyn Jacobs, Producer, Livia
Perez-Borrero. Cast: Jane Brucker, Keith Bogart, Karen Kondazian,
Michelle Joyner, Deborah Guyer Greene, Pearl Anchor. On the
eve of her mother's third wedding, Leslie, a cynical, unmarried
filmmaker, is creating a home movie about her mother's romantic
history. A lonely breath away from a doomed affair with her
young editor, Leslie is drawn in a pre-wedding crisis. Through
the eye of the camera she finally sees how her mother's life
has shaped her own.
TO LOVE, Director/Writer, Chris Coronado, Producers,
Drew Pinson, Dayna Winston Coronado, Chris Coronado. Cast:
Dayna Winston Coronado, Seychelle Gabriel, Chris Coronado,
Luke Poole. "Welfare to Love" depicts the sad and
intimate tale of the Lopez family and their tenuous struggle
to survive on welfare. With funding from Alameda County Social
Services, the film was conceived by Women's Employment Resources
Corporation (a non-profit entity) based on its experience
families in economic and emotional crises. It is used as an
outreach tool for families affected by welfare reform.
FENG? Director, Courtney Selan, Writers/Producers/Cast:
Marla Schultz & Fia Perera. Additional Cast: Steve Bartel,
Joel Jones, Peter Vouras, Zeke Rettman, Trudy Perry &
Robert Brewer. A comedic look at two down & out girls
whose lives are in the toilet until they discover an article
"Are You Feng Shui Impaired". The rest is history...
IN THE LIFE: 5 WOMEN WHO CLIMB, Director/Writer, Paul
Dusatko; Exec. Producer, Christine Stanfield; Climbers, Tiffany
Levine Campbell, Beth Rodden, Stephanie Forte, Roxanna Brock,
and Brandi Mulligan. This documentary film focuses on uncovering
the parallels between overcoming the obstacles of climbing
and overcoming the obstacles of real life. It beautifully
explores the subject matter by entering the lives of 5 women
climbers. This vibrant mixture of femininity and raw determination
combine in harmony to create a film that delivers hope, encouragement,
IN TIME: THE UNITED COLORS OF BRONSTEIN, Director,
Judy Jackson. A complicated woman form a comfortable middle-class
Montreal background, Naomi Bronstein has found children more
dead than alive, in boxes and handbags, in places where evil
has had its way. Cambodia, Vietnam, Guatemala
burns with equal parts love and grief. And she burns with
a guilt from the memory of a fateful plane-crash during the
evacuation of Saigon, a fiery accident that killed 140 children,
many of whom had been in her care. This documentary follows
a remarkable life with a reunion of scores of grown children
of all races, a quarter-century's worth of victims of war,
whom Bronstein gave new life.
WOMAN, Director/Producer/Editor, Adam Holmes. Despite
any level of confidence a man may possess, he is no match
for w woman's power to say "yes" or "no".
Shot in nightclubs, one area where women usually have complete
control, we follow "Peaches", a provocative and
bold young single mother as she prepares for a night of club
hopping. Where she ends up is anybody's guess.
IF I COULD,
Director, Patti Obrow White, Writers, Michael I. Miller
& Patti Obrow White, Producer, David G. Dizenfeld. A true
story, this films follows the life of Tracy, a young woman
facing the ghosts of her troubled past in a fight to keep
her son from falling prey to the same demons that almost destroyed
her. And in doing so, she must reveal many of her own personal
secrets in order to heal her son. The film has a 20-year time-arc
juxtaposing archival CBS News footage with present day unfolding
ROMANCE, Director, Wendy Rowland, Producer, Annette
Clarke. Three very intimate stories about three women who
meet and marry men convicted of violent crimes. Shot on location
inside the walls of Kingston, Ontario's maximum and medium
security prisons, this compelling documentary examines the
familiar and obscure side of love relationships. It presents
a rare window inside a complex world, looking at the loneliness
and longing on both sides of the wire.
TIME is a moving and humorous portrayal of a woman
and the athletic community around her. At 38, Judy Flannery-a
mother of five-began jogging, worked her way up to marathons
and eventually the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon (a 2.4 mile swim,
112-mile bike, 26.2 run). At age 57, when she was struck and
killed by an out-of-control car while training on her bicycle,
Flannery was a four-time world champion masters tri-athlete,
still peaking-the most decorated athlete in the history of
her sport. The producer, director, and writer Erin Flannery,
is Judy's oldest daughter.
IS MY LIFE, Written, Produced and Directed by: Hillary
Harris and Ayr Robinson, Cast: Julie Wilson, Baby Jane Dexter,
Natalie Gamsu. SHOWBIZ IS MY LIFE follows three New York City
divas in the midst of a impassioned struggle to keep their
cabaret world alive. Whether they are singing to sustain an
art form or because it is what they know best, these women
show us that cabaret still has an important purpose -- although
strikingly different from when it began 80 years ago.
HEALING, COMMUNITY, CELEBRATION, Director/ Writer,
Bill Weaver, Producers: Shivon Robinsong & Bill Weaver,
Cast: Shivon Robinson, Gina Sala, Laurel Murphy, Ann Mortifee
& Rhiannon. "Sing!" follows the lives of three
women who are co-conspiring to challenge our current artistic
and cultural assumptions about singing. Through the lessons
they've learned by regaining their own courage to sing, they're
now helping people of all ages rediscover the creativity and
the power of every voice. Features Seattle's Gina Sala, and
Bay-area vocalist Rhiannon.
MOTHER, Director, Michael Rivette, Writers, Michael
Rivette & Tracey Curro. At once uplifting and deeply moving,
"Somebody¹s Mother" - is an extremely compelling
and dramatic story of four women, their families and the medical
team in their fight for their lives.
KNOW WHAT I GOT, Director, Linda Duvoisin, Editor,
Barbara Burst. Music: Ani DiFranco. "you don't know what
I got" is an exploration of the thoughts, ideas, convictions
and passions of five American women who know how to live life!
Featuring singer/songwriter, Ani DiFranco, poet/activist Linda
Finney, police officer, Julie Burnzell, architect/philosopher,
Myrtle Stedman and housekeeper, Jimmie Woodruff.