FROM THE REAL SHOW: "Badass. Rocking. Babes. It's time to shine a spotlight on them, and have real, inspiring, interesting convos with these amazing babes who are rocking life at every level. Our first episode features the incredible trio of filmmakers that is Maenad Films: Liz Tabish, Ashley James, and Janet Travis. We get into how they got to where they are, how they continually overcome fear and push harder for honest storytelling, how they find the raddest fonts known to humankind, and so, so much more! I was thrilled to sit down with them as I thoroughly respect and admire what they do and just love them. We talk quite a bit about their SXSW selected short "Mother's Day" (click through to catch the trailer) which you can keep an eye out for upcoming showings on their website, or reach out to them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in learning more or hosting a screening. Catch their short film "Musa Malvada" at the Transform Film Fest in Austin April 5-6, 2019. And definitely follow these badass babes on Facebook at Maenad Films or on Instagram @maenadfilms."
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Founded by filmmakers perpetually in pursuit of the unknown, Third Eye Film Festival (TEFF) aims to build a community of visionary artists who explore ‘otherworldly’ stories with themes of fantasy, occult, and mysticism. The festival’s objective is to provide a new platform which profiles films that delve into spiritual and supernatural realms.
Musa Malvada is an official selection of TRANSFORM FILM FEST, a two day festival honoring TEXAS women filmmakers. April 5 & 6
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
"Transform promotes a welcoming atmosphere with inclusive language & outreach through key partnerships with organizations for women, those that are women-led and leading arts organizations in Texas. This ensures all interested in submitting, attending, or learning more about Transform have access to information on how to make those next steps.
This film fest was created out of need & passion to highlight films created by women of vast cultural and economic backgrounds but also raises awareness to the public of the underrepresentation of women within creative sectors in Texas.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
In 2017, women comprised 18% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. Last year, only 1% of films employed 10 or more women in the above roles. In contrast, 70% of films employed 10 or more men. Women accounted for 11% of directors working on the top 250 films in 2017, up 4 percentage points from 7% in 2016.
In the top 250 grossing films:
88% had no women directors
83% had no women writers
45% had no women exec. producers
28% had no women producers
80% had no women editors
96% had no women cinematographers
Need more? From 2009-2016, only 10% of indie film releases were directed by women. Women speaking roles still clock in at only 31.8 percent as of 2017, a number that has barely budged over the past 10 years, and of the top films in 2017, only 33 percent featured a woman lead or co-lead. Studies further found that 70.7 percent of film characters are white and continue to lack representation for LGBT characters and characters with disabilities, especially when those categories intersect with race / ethnicity. Although the numbers paint a depressing picture for progress, change isn’t hopeless.
THIS FESTIVAL IS NOT ONLY A DIRECT RESPONSE TO THIS BUT A CHANCE FOR TEXAS TO CHANGE THE CREATIVE CULTURE TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE TO WOMEN. PROVIDING MORE OPTIONS FOR TEXAN WOMEN AND GIRLS TO BE INVOLVED IN FILM EDUCATION, RESOURCES, SURROUNDED BY INSPIRING WOMEN IN THE FILM + CREATIVE INDUSTRIES."
Cheers to everyone who helped make this film happen! Screening Mother's Day Film at SXSW was a real honor. We're excited to bring you more in 2019. Thanks for everyone’s support and encouragement!
Oh man, we can barely contain ourselves...you guys, we are SO thrilled to share that Mother’s Day is an official selection of Austin Film Society’s SXSW Shortcase! We screen at 4pm at AFS Cinema March 9th. Tickets are FREE so come celebrate with us and the other talented filmmakers with a screening and Q&A after the show.