Now celebrating our 40th anniversary, Women Make Movies continues to achieve international recognition, with films acknowledged by the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Peabody Awards, as well as at Cannes and the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, we will be screening films around the world at 40 events, reaching over 40,000 women and young girls.
WMM is thrilled to announce that we will be awarded the 2nd Annual IMPACT Award jointly by the Sarasota Film Festival and the Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women. The award, which was given in 2011 to actor Geena Davis, is presented to a woman or organization in the film industry that has significantly influenced the role and portrayal of women in film. WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman and Production Assistance Program Manager Lucila Moctezuma will be in attendance at the festival and will accept the award in honor of WMM’s 40th anniversary.
Six WMM films will screen during the festival:
ORCHIDS: MY INTERSEX ADVENTURE (4/14, 4/17)
UMOJA (4/14, 4/16)
POETRY OF RESILIENCE (4/16, 4/17)
SCARLET ROAD (4/17, 4/18)
JUSTICE FOR SALE (4/17, 4/19 - Documentary Feature Competition)
WATER CHILDREN (4/17, 4/18).
“Filmmaker Mimi Chakarova bravely explores “The Price of Sex” in new documentary By Stacey Harrison Plenty of movies and news reports have attempted to shine the light on the scourge of sex trafficking, but few efforts have the immediacy and impact of filmmaker Mimi Chakarova’s The Price of Sex.”
“As Women Make Movies celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, the organization’s executive director Debra Zimmerman (pictured) talks to realscreen in Texas about the changing landscape for female filmmakers, and discusses the not-for-profit distributor’s plans to launch a digital platform.”
Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression, Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton has become highly specialized in working with clients with disabilities.
SCARLET ROAD follows Rachel as she strives to increase awareness and access to sexual expression for disabled people through her foundation, “Touching Base,” which works to gain rights for sex workers and end the social stigma and discriminatory practices that surround their occupation.
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