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What She Said by Shallow Graves
PHD candidate, Sam, should be nearly finished with her dissertation. Instead, she’s spent the the last year in and out of court pursuing charges against her rapist. When she receives news that the trial is postponed yet again, Sam heads to her family’s remote cabin in the Virginia woods, effectively ghosting everyone in her life. A few days before Thanksgiving, Sam’s oasis is interrupted as her brother comes barging in with Sam’s closest friends in tow, to stage a pseudo-intervention and convince her to return to the city and finish out the trial.
Shallow Graves strives to tell small stories that embody the human experience while exploiting the universal three-dimensionality of all people — whether those people live on a small screen, big screen, or eight times a week in a tiny blackbox. In this political climate and beyond, the goal is to focus on stories — damn good stories — by women about women, while providing platforms for intersectional storytelling by amplifying the voices of women of color and other marginalized groups. Follow them @shallowgravesNY
Wham! by Wi-Moto Nyoka
Aquila and Sadiquah are two of the best students at 362 MLK Middle School. But when the school begins to break out into mysterious rage episodes, the uninfected will have to find the courage to save their school. And their future.
Magic Hour by Jacqueline Christy
Magic Hour is a film about a female filmmaker, which is being made by a diverse group of women both in front of and behind the camera. The film celebrates women of all ages and celebrates the idea that our best years are ahead of us, no matter age, gender, or creed.
Magic Hour is the first feature film by Jacqueline Christy. In this semi-semi-autobiographical film, Harriet, a 40-something housewife decides it is finally time to live for herself when her two-timing husband leaves both her and her bank account completely drained. She takes it upon herself to enroll in film school behind both her daughter and estranged husband's backs, and starts living life on her own terms. This Manhattan-based comedy explores the difficulties of starting anew as a woman in mid-life, and celebrates the notion that it is never too late to start again.
In Stitches by Hannah Rafkin and Meg Robbins
In a country with 11 national languages, not all are equal. South African comedians are fighting back by standing up for their mother tongues—and healing the wounds of apartheid in the process.
In Stitches follows three trailblazing South African comedians who are bringing their mother tongues to the stage. More than two decades after the fall of apartheid, 11 official languages thrive in South Africa.
Despite this, English continues to dominate the comedy scene. Sixty percent of the population cannot understand a word.
Vernacular comedians Noko Moswete, Luphelo Kodwa, and Zicco Sithole are flipping the script. Addressing the long-ignored South African majority, these artists are decolonizing comedy. Audiences are hooked. Vernac shows buzz with unparalleled energy, somewhere between a rock concert and a sermon. Never before have black South African audiences shared such powerful catharsis, led by magnetic comedians who look and sound like them. If laughter is the best medicine, these artists act as guerrilla medics, using humor to tend to the untreated masses.
This work isn’t easy. Offstage, these comedians face immense obstacles: media disinterest, family conflicts, sexism, and pressures to succeed in the nation’s fastest city.
ABOUT THE CREATORS:
Hannah Rafkin and Meg Robbins are co-directing and co-producing IN STITCHES, their first documentary. They are no strangers to working together, though—after meeting as freshmen in Film 101 and realizing they share a birthday, they soon became best friends and creative partners. Both Hannah and Meg are experienced storytellers, with backgrounds in print, digital, and photo journalism. They graduated from Bowdoin College in 2017 and spent a semester in Cape Town in 2015.
Directed & Produced by Hannah Rafkin & Meg Robbins Associate Producers Pitch Her Productions Edited by Khalid Shamis & Kyle Wallace Original Music by Dumama & Kechou Animations by Kiyomi Taylor Director of Photography Hannah Rafkin Sound Engineer Meg Robbins Audio Mixer Vuyo Rhoda Colorist Regardt Voges Story Consultant Kurt Orderson Production Assistants LeeRoy Moyo & Aphendule Pakade Translators Noma Moshani, Rhandzeka Mawuku, & Gelo Maredi
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Courting Simone by Mariel Neto
Mariel Neto began her career in entertainment working in professional theatre by the age of ten. After a success career on the stage, she fell in love with the camera after acting in her first feature film, Seven Minutes. Since then she has worked on a variety of films and television shows, including Showtime’s critically-acclaimed Masters of Sex. An avid writer of short fiction, poetry, and plays, Mariel was driven to explore screenwriting after moving to Los Angeles. Usually in front of the camera, this is her first foray into the production side of filmmaking. She has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts where she studied Acting and Playwriting.