We talk so often about the lack of representation in film and the rotten roles women are usually offered. We complain loud and long about the sad number of female directors, writers, and even critics but we know the truth. The film industry runs on $$$$$$ and that will ALWAYS be the deciding factor when it comes to what-gets-made-and-when.
That’s why we need to show up.
We need to get behind every solid piece of film-making that is offered by women and, if you aren’t already on board, The Women Texas Film Festival is a fantastic place to start.
The Women Texas Film Festival runs August 16th through the 20th and is the only full-fledged, female-focused film festival in Texas (read it’s D Magazine feature HERE). It kicks off Wednesday night at the Studio Movie Grill with And Then There Was Eve, starring Tania Nolan and Rachel Crowl.
The less you know about And Then There Was Eve (directed by Savannah Bloch) going into it, the more you’re going to enjoy it. That’s why I’m going to skip the summary and just tell you that it’s a movie about evolving ideas of femininity and “normal” relationships. It’s about the crippling pain of being left behind and the tricks our brain plays on us when we struggle to cope. More than anything else, And Then There Was Eve tells two equally important sides to a largely untold story. It’s also gorgeously shot, expertly scored, graciously acted and a film that made me ugly-cry until I was forced to use napkins on my runny nose. Don’t miss it on opening night. (A-)
The Women Texas Film Festival will hold daily screenings, often followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. It closes Saturday night with a film I’m especially excited about, Quality Problems.
When you grow up, you realize that movies, even the ones you love, tend to get it all wrong. You figure out that ROMANCE actually has nothing to do with sunsets, sexy underwear or hot-tubs. Real romance comes from things like a shared history, commitment and intimate moments that are often not sexy at all. You realize that real HORROR has nothing to do with clowns or haunted dolls, but stems from scary diagnoses or a parent’s failing health. You also figure out that true COMEDY doesn’t have to come from a team of well-paid writers. Your biggest belly-laughs usually come from your best friends, who can crack you up with one look or line. That’s why Quality Problems, a film about being a grown-up, is a ROMANCE, a COMEDY and a HORROR flick, all at the same time. Written by Brooke Purdy (and co-directed with her husband Doug), it’s loosely based on Brooke’s own cancer diagnosis and how they kept their family-life on track during her treatments (the Purdy’s own children even play themselves). It’s a story so familiar and intimate, you sometimes feel like you shouldn’t be watching. Quality Problems also has it’s laugh-out-loud moments because humor tends to find a way, even in our darkest hours. (A)
Find out what is playing when at The Women Texas Film Festival by clicking HERE and buy badges or individual tickets HERE. Remember, we can talk all day about changing the roles of women in film, but nothing will ever change if we don’t SHOW UP.