Today, Moonfaze Feminist Film Festival unveiled their selection for the 2016 festival which includes 19 genre-breaking short films that embrace the values of feminism and illuminate HER story. Moonfaze is a groundbreaking independent film festival showcasing work by feminist filmmakers from all over the world. The festival will screen in Los Angeles at Conduit DTLA, on December 1st, 2016.
Founded in 2015 by Premstar Santana, Moonfaze’s mission is to engender an all-encompassing peaceful activism that elevates marginalized voices, shedding light on the pervasiveness of misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism and ableism in our everyday experiences. “The idea struck me like a bolt of badass lightning” says Santana, who created Moonfaze to be a safe place for feminist filmmakers and their films to shine.
“It was truly difficult making our official 2016 selections. Like last year, once again I am blown away by the quality and excellence of film submissions we received.” said Moonfaze Founder and Festival Director, Premstar Santana. “Our programming team did such an amazing job with this years lineup and we are so excited to share it with the world.” Last year, Moonfaze made their debut celebrating feminist voices from all around the globe. Bitch Flick’s Lisa Bolekaja said, “I felt like I was at a cinema tapas bar, nibbling on all the various films she [Premstar Santana] was spreading before us.” She continues, “Premstar Santana and all the filmmakers involved in the very first Moonfaze Film Festival are bold, unapologetic, and creating new life-giving narratives. I look forward to the 2nd Annual Festival. You should too.”
Time/Date: Dec. 1st 5:30PM-10:30PM
5:30pm Doors open
6:00pm Cocktail Hour – food//drink//mingle//red carpet
7:00pm Screening begins
8:35pm Screening continues
10:30pm Festival closes
2016 Program Line-up
Oh Yeah – USA (Cast, Evan Rachel Wood and Zach Villa, Director, Writer and Editor Machete Bang Bang) Rebel & A Basketcase’s debut music video, inspired by the internal conflict of finding one’s identity, whether it be ideological, sexual or other. For Zach, it has an underlying message about classicism and one’s place in life. For Evan, the song is about breaking through barriers and refusing to make one’s self smaller. Both knew it would be the first song the band would put out into the world together.
Jean Seberg – USA (Director Mike Gan, Writers Lexie Helgerson and Dean Vivirito) Who Can Sleep’s music video premiere features a song about the actress Jean Seberg and her untimely death.
January Hymn – UK (Writer and Director Katherine Canty) A reflection on grief, January Hymn sees Clara return home for the first anniversary of her father’s death. Taking the form of a fractured narrative, the film considers how Clara’s experience of grief shapes her poetic relationship to a home which has been forever altered by loss. Shot on location in the director’s home county of Laois, Ireland, and made with the support of the Irish Film Board’s Signatures scheme.
Life, You Think You Own It – USA (Director Ellie Lobovits, Starring Adrienne Wolfert) Life, You Think You Own It is an ultra-short film exploring the poetry, life philosophy, and musings on mortality by the 93-year old feminist poet Adrienne Wolfert.
Queer Witch – FRANCE (Director Camille Ducellier) A portrait of Kira & Gael, a two-headed monster.
Where We Left Off – USA (Director Alyssa Carroll, Writer Ariana Sigel) Sarah is a young woman with an anxiety disorder. One night, over a cup of tea, Sarah imagines a conversation with her recently deceased father. It’s a story of the intersection between mental illness, self-acceptance, and the complicated father-daughter relationship.
Sleeping With The Devil – USA (Director and Writer Alisa Yang) In this experimental short, the filmmaker uses found footage and a recorded Skype exorcism to confront her past growing up in the Evangelical prophetic and deliverance ministry.
In Their Eyes – USA (Director and Writer Gina Levy) For women, there has been a risk of participating in public life, a gender-specific tax that they must endure. “In Their Eyes” explores the felt experience of women, as they journey forth. Examining how women are not free, how we always are making choices to keep ourselves safe.
Apotheosis – USA (Director and Writer Jane Rosemont) An old woman, recognizing her limitations and mortality, creates offspring from a lifetime of memories. The progeny are battered and worn but she could not be more proud.
Viola: A Mother’s Story of Juvenile Justice – USA (Directors Sarah Fleming and Joann Self Selvidge) A mother shares personal stories about her life and her struggles with her son Edward, who has been involved with the juvenile justice system in Memphis, TN.
First Date – USA (Writer, Director, and Lead Actor Anisha Adusumilli) Dating can be hard, that’s why these two chose an arranged marriage.
Doris – USA (Director and Writer Brooks Morrison) Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
Freemales (Episode 2) – AUSTRALIA (Director and Writer Stephanie Jaclyn) When a free spirited traveler moves in with a 9-5 desk worker, they’ll for a strong wine-fueled friendship as they approach their mid-midlife crisis single unemployed and without a plan.
Kristen Does Her Best (Episode 1) – USA (Director David Willing, Writer Kristen Studard) Kristen Studard is a struggling actor and comedian, much like the show’s creator, Kristen Studard. Unlike the show’s creator, we can see into the character Kristen’s mind and join her on absurd fantasy sequences. Kristen’s world is populated by friends, acquaintances and personified inanimate objects, all of whom have an opinion on her life and choices. Meanwhile, she tries to stay optimistic as she cobbles together an income, auditions for terrible projects, and goes on even worse dates. Sometimes things work out. Usually, they don’t.
Irma – USA (Director, Writer and Lead Actor Premstar Santana) A woman is trapped between two different dimensions in an infinite time loop. She is able to break free only for a split second to remind us of something very important.
Tasting The Moon – USA (Director Dawn Chan) A series of moving portraits of the First Generation of Contemporary Female Artists in Afghanistan. Comprised of three animated segments, Dawn spotlights Shamsia Hassani, Nabila Horakhsh, and Malina Suliman as individual artists. Each segment is created as an impressionistic dream sequence by drawing inspiration from recurring metaphors in each artist’s work. In this collaborative attempt, Chinese-American Artist Dawn Chan explores the symbiotic relationship between female minority artists and their roots.
River of Blood – USA (Directors Leila Jarman and Mike Leisz) An experimental music video for the band MRK.
It Shall Come To Us – USA (Director Machete Bang Bang) A visually stimulating experimental dance film. Three women, in sync, in yellow, in motion.
Coward – USA (Director, Writer and Actor Katie Frances Orr) Frankee is stuck inside the part of their mind that tries to kill them. Is happiness a choice? Knowing they’re surrounded by immense beauty and privilege and trying to reach outside their brain chemistry. Is Frankee too weak to survive? Are they doing something wrong? A day in the life of a desperate fight to fulfill one’s deepest wish- to be useful in the world.
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