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Table of Contents The Women’s Film Festival Sponsors / 03

After the Curtain + Short Program / 18

Staff Listing / 04

The Bright Side Shorts Program / 18

Messages from the Founders and Programming Director/ 05

Centerpiece Film: Carrie Pilby / 21

Opening Night Film: Unleashed / 09 Escape/Dollface/Bild Lilli Splash / 10 PHL Connect Shorts Program / 13 Commitment Phobia Program / 13 The Great Outdoors / 14 Her Stories (Documentaries) / 14 That’s Messed Up! Shorts Program / 17

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Powerful Women Shorts Program / 22 The Lighter Side Shorts Program / 25 The Saver / 25 Fun Fatales Program /26 Mariza, My Friend + Short / 26 Closing Night Film: MAD for Madonna / 29 QFlix and The Women’s Film Festival Partnership Series / 31-32


Sponsors Supporting Sponsor

Venue Sponsor

Opening Night Sponsor

Community Partners

Media Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

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The Women’s Film Festival 2017 Staff

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Other TWFF 2017 Staff: Kristen Berman- Marketing Consultant; Jessica Davis- Financial Manager; Dara Wittman- Volunteer Coordinator; Erin Colville- Guest Relations Coordinator; Laila Ea- Opening Night Event Planner; and Jenna Lam- Festival Staff

Co-Founder & CEO-Phuong Nguyen was the Festival Director for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival in 2013 and is currently a board member of the organization as well as to the Philadelphia Women in Film and Television (PWIFT). Phuong is interested in many things including film, business, theatre, the arts, music, dance, culture, health, and community development, just to name a few.

Co-Founder-Layne Marie Williams currently resides in Chicago, IL. She is an alumni of The University of The Arts with a BFA in Acting. Layne Marie is an award winning filmmaker and recently launched her video/event production company Women Of The Now in Chicago. Her most recent short film DollFace is in the midst of being screened all around the US in the film festival circuit.

Programming Director-Suzi Nash, a producer, director, musician and columnist. Nash has been in the entertainment field for over 25 years. She is an award winning writer of the weekly column “FamilyPortraits” for the Philadelphia Gay News, one of the nations largest LGBT newspapers. Over the past 15 years, Nash has been a judge and programmer for the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Qfest and qFLIX Philadelphia.

Executive Assistant-Sarah Graham is an artist, musician, and advocate looking to make a major impact on stage and film. Sarah has performed in many community productions and was in the 2013 Walnut Street Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol.” Sarah is excited to be a part of this amazing festival.

Corporate & Community Relations Director-Kayla O’Donnell, Founder of HumanKINDtv and HumanKIND Productions, is a writer, actor, producer, activist, and entrepreneur. In 2012, while living in Chicago, she began to work behind the camera on a series developed for HBO GO called Single Long. This led to jobs in the online content division of The Onion and industrial videos for Second City Communications.

Marketing Director-Genevieve McPherson is an artist and filmmaker that is passionate about making movies that inspire change for social equality. She has written and directed shorts focusing on challenging topics such as pay inequality, corporate exploitation, and the disconnect between our current social caste system. Genevieve is currently working on a feature length script that challenges the status quo of our current political system, and how we as individuals can make a difference if we come together.

Business Development Director-Pheng H. Tang is a writer and filmmaker. She has worked as assistant director and line producer in independent feature films. Pheng wrote and directed How is How (2015), and Sway (2016) both short films produced as part of the Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout. She is currently working on a documentary film called Atabey’s Kiss about the growing movement of agriculture in Puerto Rico.

Festival Staff-Melissa Kim is a writer, director, and producer with a B.A. in Electronic Media from The George Washington University. She once rocked the polyester blue jacket of NBCU’s Page Program, and spent several years working in Los Angeles in casting, international television distribution, and theater, among many other pursuits. She is currently a writer for entertainment website Soompi.

Public Relations-TS Hawkins is an internationally recognized author, performance poet, and arts educator. Her publications include Sugar Lumps and Black Eye Blues; Confectionately, Yours Mahogany Nectar; Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short The Hotel Haikus; and The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G (play).

Social Media Associate-Christian Browne is a filmmaker, writer and music reviewer. Christian has written for The Campus Press appearing on the front page of it in multiple articles. His film, The Misunderstood Lives of Only Children is his first film in his career to be featured in a film festival.

Tech Director-Nick Anderson is a 3-time award winning musician and composer with a background in child psychology and writing. Nick wrote and directed the pilot episode to Rainbow Warriors, a sci-fi educational puppet show about outer space and inner emotions that also addresses gender and LGBT issues in a way appropriate for its preschool audience. Nick freelance writes kids media with production companies from around the world.

Event Host-Christina May is the founder and president of Image of the Word, LLC, established in 2008. She developed her own company to serve as an Acting Coach for aspiring artists, and to create and showcase her original works as an actor. Her company has purposed traveled to Memphis and Dallas as well as Israel.


Messages from the Founders and Programming Director

My dear femme heroes,

Dear supporters,

Welcome to the third annual Women’s Film Festival! We’re so grateful to have you here with us. Your talent, dedication, and fierce commitment to the film industry strengthens our hearts. Please keep making and sharing your stories. Don’t ever take no for an answer. Its been such an honor to provide this platform for your artistry. I hope that you enjoy yourself, make a new connection, keep getting out there and slaying it. See you around the fest ;)

Thank you so much for coming out and supporting work done by and/or about women. Every year, it seems more evident as to why our staff and I dedicate and volunteer their time to help showcase women in the film and entertainment industry. Please thank them if you see a staff member or volunteer.

All my love to you forever & always... Your Co-Founder, Layne Marie Williams

The Women’s Film Festival is definitely a labor of love and we hope that you will continue to support us in our future endeavors. Don’t stop making art. Don’t stop telling your stories. Sincerely, Phuong Nguyen Co-Founder & CEO The Women’s Film Festival

The Women’s Film Festival

As a film aficionado and filmmaker I was excited to be asked to program films for The Women’s Film Festival of Philadelphia. And then I opened up my email to find that we had over 400 submissions to consider! A daunting task indeed but a labor of love. The sheer number let me know that the founders, Phuong Nguyen and Layne Marie Williams had tapped into a need. So many of the films were accompanied with letters thanking us for creating a place for films that were by, for or about women. We received films from all across the globe that tackled a myriad of topics. From bullying, to women’s rights, families, LGBT issues, love, loneliness, the joys and pains of life and the happiness found in the most unlikely ways, these subjects were represented in films from every country, showing that we are more alike than different. We were able to program incredible documentaries introducing us to amazing women like suffragette Inez Milholland, or Rigoberta Menchú of Guatemala, and Wilna Hervey, the 300lb amazon heiress and star of the Toonerville Trolley comedies filmed right here in Philadelphia at one of the first film studios in the country. There are films on women in Iran and the largely unknown country of Tajikistan experiencing the joy of dance in forbidden territory. There is one film whose subject matter is so sensitive we’ve been asked not to publicize the face of the subject of the film because of fear for her safety. On the flip side we are delighted to introduce you to a collection of filmmakers from right here in our city with our Philly Connects program, including a young woman, Aniya Wolfe, who at the ripe old age of 15 is working on her 1st feature film! There are films to cheer on young heroes and senior warriors, films to make you laugh and films that will have you reaching for your hankie (do people still use them?). I hope you enjoy these films and that you will learn, love and laugh with the incredible people on and off the screen that make this festival possible. Suzi Nash Programming Director The Women’s Film Festival

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Opening Night Film: Unleashed | USA | 96 min Directed by Finn Taylor Starring Kate Micucci, Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey and Sean Astin Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 7PM At Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center Emma, a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved pets Ajax, a golden eyed cat and Summit, an energetic mutt in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the night and are transformed into full grown men. With the help of her colleague, Emma realizes she needs to make significant changes in her life before fate takes another turn. Producer Susan Johnson, Director Finn Taylor will be in attendance for a Q&A. Free KIND Bars for attendees courtesy of KIND Snacks.

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Escapes | Spain | 90 min Directed by Mercedes Gaspar Fri, March 17th, 2017 at 5:30PM At Prince Black Box Theater

Dollface | USA | 17.5 min Directed by Layne Marie Williams Fri, March 17th, 2017 at 7:15PM At Prince Black Box Theater

After her father’s death, China goes on a trip to all the places she last went with her father. Along the way she encounters danger and triumph, comedy and tragedy. The journey takes her into very dark places, and moments of light. Poetically shot and written, Escapes is part fantasy, part visual art and a lot a raw emotion. The title not only responds to the physical escapes the character must go through, but also the mental. *Some sexual violence.

DOLLFACE tackles the web-like topic of the institution of marriage. Examining both the good and the bad, the film endeavors to explore everything from the societal, religious, and racial pressures surrounding the mystery of marriage to those that are self-inflicted, imagined, and even truly desired, through the characters of Dot and Max, a contemporary interracial couple faced with the curse of ultimate incompatibility. Bild Lilli Splash | USA | 4 min Directed by Layne Marie Williams BILD LILLI SPLASH ponders the idolatry of the female form and dives in head first into the rebellious destruction of that mysticism. Incorporating life size dolls and stop motion, Williams & collaborators ask: What depth is there to plasticity?

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Filmmaker, Layne Marie Williams will be present for a Q&A session.


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Semicolon (;) | USA | 6.25 min Directed by Paola Gadala-Maria

The Astronomer | USA | 7.3 min Directed by Kelly Murray Cinematography by Hillary Hanak Room 3 | USA | 14 min Directed by Blake Hodges

The Misunderstood Lives of Only Children | USA | 21 min Directed by Christian Browne Skin | USA | 19 min Directed by Aniya Wolfe

Mutual Friends | USA | 9 min Directed by Melissa Kim

Sway | USA | 5 min Directed by Pheng H. Tang

Trailer for Gender Journeys: Addiction, Homelessness, and Trade | USA | 5 min Directed by Tess Kunik

PHL Connects Shorts Program Fri, March 17th, 2017 at 8:00PM At Prince Black Box Theater Filmmakers will do an Q&A Commitment Phobia: Short + Feature Fri, March 17th, 2017 at 10:00PM at Prince Theater Gothic Truth | USA | 15 min Directed by Kerry Everett When a hardened criminal defense attorney meets and falls for the owner of a goth club, she is devastated when he becomes a client. In the law, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. In a relationship, you are guilty until proven innocent. One Night Stand | Canada | 85 min Directed by Marquise Lepage Annick, 34, is a funny, strong and beautiful film director. Since her love life is a non conventional one, her closest friends start to worry‌ She looks carefree and invincible but her past hurts and secrets eventually resurface. But Annick is a resilient‌She will astonish everybody including herself.

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The Great Outdoors: Shorts + Feature Sat., March 18th, 2017 at 12:00PM at Prince Theater

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Her Stories: Shorts + Feature Sat, March 18th, 2017 at 2:00PM at Prince Theater

The Call from the Sea | USA | 15 min Directed by Taylor McNulty

Francesca’s Story | USA | 10.5 min Directed by JoAnne Tucker

The Bajau are an indigenous, sea nomadic group that live on top of the ocean in Indonesia. This short documentary looks at the ocean through the Bajau’s eyes. ‘The Call from the Sea’ is a poetic, personal story about the fragile state of the ocean and the people who live closest to it.

Francesca is a domestic violence survivor who shares her story of the abuse she experienced and how she was able to leave her husband and rebuild her life. This compelling documentary about family devolving and evolving gives a very good portrait of different stages of DV.

Women Outward Bound | USA | 66 min Directed by Maxine Davis

The Scarlet Cord | USA | 11 minutes Directed by Simon Scionka

Fifty years ago, girls were not allowed to participate in the rigorous U.S Outward Bound wilderness school until 24 women broke that barrier. Find out how one month of surviving in the woods changed them…and history…forever.

One of America’s most in-demand commodity: the trafficking of American children within the US for sexual exploitation is all around us. Witness the power of art to open wounds for healing.

Cul De Sac | USA | 16 min Directed by Ethan Scarduzio

Say Something | Norway/Sweden | 73 min Directed by Åsa Ekman

The race is on for one tough little tomboy as she hustles to keep up with a band of bikers who reject her gender and her training wheels.

Say Something is a coming of age documentary in which we meet 19 year old Isabell who has grown up witnessing her stepfather abusing her mother. A beautifully introspective film about mental illness and youth.


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That’s Messed Up! Shorts Program Sat, March 18th, 2017 at 4:00PM at Prince Theater Texican | USA | 13.5 min Directed by Allyson West “You can love a person very much, and still be surprised by what you don’t know about them.”

Black Sands | Italy | 16 min Directed by Isidoro Ventura piselli PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome) It’s real and it sucks… Damn.

I Should Have Run | UK | 4 min Directed by Gabriela Staniszewska One dark night, a woman encounters something strange and terrifying on her walk home. Asked a question, her sheer terror causes her to lie… with disastrous consequences. What Came After | USA | 17 min Directed by Tonya Pinkins A grandmother sacrifices her child for her God, who’s next? *sexual violence

Names on the Wall | USA | 26 min Directed by Koura Linda Two soldiers fighting on opposite sides of the Vietnam War find themselves faced with a choice, somewhere between where humanity ends and war begins.

Nanny | USA | 12 min Directed by Diane Weipert From the writer of Solo Dios Sabe ( Diego Luna, Alice Braga; Sundance 2006) Niñera looks at the bitter ironies many nannies face, raising the children of strangers for a living while their own children are left to virtually raise themselves. A quiet but beautiful look at the realities of many working mothers. Driver’s Ed | UK | 14.5 min Directed by Chase Norman A shy, overweight young woman leaves the safety of her home for an unwelcoming high school classroom.

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After the Curtain + Shorts Sat, March 18th,2017 at 6:00PM at the Prince Theater After the Curtain | Tajikistan | 69 min Directed by Emelie Mahdavian Female dancers battle shifting cultural norms in the Post-Soviet, predominantly Muslim nation of Tajikistan. This intimate portrait is seen through the performer’s eyes as they weigh their love of art against economic hardship, loneliness, and social reproach. The film also celebrates the rich dance and music culture of the Central Asian country largely unknown in the West. Invisible Point | Iran | 5 min Directed by Tanin Torabi Dance is prohibited in Iran. While it is told to be a sin, still there are many dancers dancing with passion and have not been seen, they bare the restrictions and still are dancing.

Koum: The Awakening | Canada | 12 min Directed by Eli Andreas After the death of her father, a young woman uses her writing to travel beyond the veil of madness into a world of magic, mystery and music.

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The Bright Side Shorts Program Sat, March 18th, 2017 at 8:00PM at Prince Theater Thin Lines | USA | 36 min Directed by Shaan Couture Leah’s life doesn’t seem to have a meaning until she meets Noah who shows her new ways to communicate. One Carefree Night | South Africa/Netherlands | 15 min Directed by Elles van Gelder In Manenberg, an area of Cape Town, South Africa, bullets regularly fly over the streets and drugs abound. Only 22.2 percent of the population has completed high school. Coming Clean | USA | 23 min Directed by Cynthia Wikler A writer with OCD meets a waitress being bullied by her mother. Can they overcome their problems and find love? The Door | India | 16 min Directed by Anisa Mukerjea Ganguli A woman, living in a Calcutta slum, searches for quiet in the chaos that is her life. Sometimes it’s the little things…


DEAR FESTIVAL PATRON: Philadelphia Women in Film and Television (PWIFT) is proud to be a Community Sponsor of The Women’s Film Festival for the third year in a row. A creative group of amazing women who have been involved with the festival for the last three years are bringing you an even bigger festival this year, filled with entertaining and thought-provoking films by women, stimulating discussions, and an all around great time. We are thrilled to be a part of the festivities! Our decision to participate again this year was primarily based on PWIFT’s mission, to educate, advocate and celebrate women in all areas of media in Philadelphia. We see our mission ‘in action’ working with The Women’s Film Festival organizational team. That said, we’d also love to see our mission ‘in action’ with YOU. If you’re a seasoned film or media making professional, been ‘at it’ a few years, or are still in college planning your future filmmaking career here in Philly, we invite you to JOIN Philadelphia Women in Film and Television NOW so you can enjoy the member benefits of learning from, and being supported by, a community of film, TV, web, and media-related creative women dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals. Go here to become a member of PWIFT: https://pwift.org/membership/ Enjoy the Festival!!!! - Suzanne Landau, President, Philadelphia Women in Film and Television and the PWIFT Board

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Centerpiece Film: Carrie Pilby | USA | 98 min Directed by Susan Johnson Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 10:00PM At Prince Theater Convinced that the world is populated by oversexed hypocrites, 18 year old genius Carrie Pilby – played by Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) – has a hard time making sense of life as it relates to morality, relationships, sex and leaving her apartment. In an effort to coax Carrie out of her shell, her psychiatrist (Nathan Lane), makes a deceptively simple checklist of goals for her to achieve between Thanksgiving and the year’s end. Each goal brings Carrie closer to the understanding that humans, like books, can’t be judged by their covers. Directed by Susan Johnson the film also stars Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, Colin O’Donoghue, William Moseley and Jason Ritter. This screening will be the East Coast premier before it’s theatrical release. Director Susan Johnson, Novelist Caren Lissner, and Producers Susan Cartsonis and Suzanne Farwell will be in attendance for a Q&A.

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Powerful Women: Shorts + Feature Sun, March 19th, 2017 at 12:00PM at Asian Arts Initiative Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light | USA | 13.5 minutes Directed by Martha Wheelock This short documentary is a window into the Women’s Suffrage Movement through the sacrifice of an American Amazon who will inspire today’s woman as much as she did 100 years ago.

Rigoberta Menchú: Daughter of the Maya | USA/Guatemala | 61.5 min Directed by Dawn Engle In 1959, a little girl was born into a poor family, in one of the most remote, mountainous areas of Guatemala. One year later, civil war broke out in Guatemala, and her tiny village was soon swept up in a tidal wave of violence. What could one woman do to stand up for their rights, in a time of such great change? This is a story about a family, a people, and a destiny — “Rigoberta Menchu: Daughter of the Maya”.

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Women are the Change | USA/Africa | 24 minutes Directed by Linda Stout Sub-Saharan Africa is poised for sweeping change. Educated women are the agents of this change. They are the mothers of a new Africa. This is the story of African girls and how educating them can change everything.


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The Lighter Side Shorts Program Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 2:00PM at Prince Theater A Children’s Song | USA | 26.5 min Directed by Shayna Cohen

One Day Home | USA | 12.5 min Directed by Drew Denny

The year is 1937. Alfred, a young German Jewish boy, and his father flee from Germany during the outbreak of WWII, finding a haven in Shanghai – the last port of refuge.

Shattered from the implosion of her marriage, Frida embarks on an epic shopping quest: finding the perfect mattress to launch her new life.

Lemonade Mafia | USA | 9 min Directed by Anya Adams

La Maisonette | Canada | 8.5 min Directed by Jack Carr

Kira’s Organic lemonade dynasty becomes in jeopardy when new comer Shantel Osgood sets up an extremely successful competing pink lemonade stand that encroaches into her territory.

Agnes, a charming, agoraphobic woman living vicariously through her noisy neighbors is tested when she has to break through her fears to rescue those who have come to mean so much.

Home Invasion for the Holidays | USA | 7.5 min Directed by Teddy Robinson

The Pitch | USA | 9 min Directed by Rebekka Johnson

A freshly divorced mom and her daughter foil a dimwitted burglar’s plans by using prescription drugs.

When two young screenwriters pitch their screenplay to a television executive they receive a hilarious lesson in the hard business of Hollywood.

Violet | USA | 8 min Directed by T.C. De Witt

Choices | USA | 9 min Directed by Rick Hamilton

Stephen has a sister-in-law that he really, really does not care for.

Deborah relies on chance to avoid making any choices in her life, but then faces a decision that can’t be left up to fate.

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Fun Fatales: Short + Feature Sun, March 19th, 2017 at 4:00PM at Prince Theater

Marzia, My Friend + Short Sun, March 19th, 2017 at 6:00PM at the Prince Theater

In Their Eyes | USA/South Africa | 13 min Directed by Gina Levy

Counting Stars | India/Czech Republic | 10 min Directed by Maanavi Bedi

In this tense thriller, shot on location in South Africa, a confident young African-American woman on her way to conduct a research project in Africa finds herself alone, not sure whom she can trust.

A heartwarming story about a complicated relationship, showcasing a bond between a nine year old girl; grown before her time; and her mother.

Marzia, My Friend | Finland/Afghanistan | 80 min Directed by Kirsi Mattila Quarries | USA | 85 min Directed by Nils Taylor “The jungle is neutral, it builds on what you bring it. If you’re weak, it will break you.” So says group leader Jean as a group of women embark on a wilderness expedition that quickly turns into a fight for survival in this Deliverance style thriller. Cue the banjos. Starring Leisha Hailey from “The L Word”.

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Marzia, My Friend is the story of an Afghan woman in her twenties who – just like all young people – dreams of love, freedom and an interesting job. Marzia dreams of peace and independence. But because she lives in Afghanistan, her dreams are revolutionary. Ultimately Marzia’s story becomes a symbol of the wider struggle of Afghan women: It is about the right to make decisions about your own life. The film follows Marzia’s life from spring 2011 to the end of 2014, when international troops were supposed to leave Afghanistan.


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Closing Night Film: MAD for Madonna | Switzerland | 80 min Directed by Matteo Maccarinelli Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 8:00PM At Prince Theater Since 1982 Madonna has been on the scene, pushing boundaries and delighting her fiercely loyal fans. Nominated for Best Director and Best Documentary at the World Music and Independent Film Festival, this entertaining documentary focused on not just the Material Girl, but those who devote their lives (and bodies) to her. From the U.S.A to Israel, France, Italy, Australia and The Netherlands, this exciting and informative documentary uncovers the charming and fierce fandom of Madonna, Queen Of Pop.

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QFlix and The Women’s Film Festival Partnership Series Girls Lost | Sweden, 2016 | 106 minutes Directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining Thursday March 16th, 2017 at 5pm At Prince Theater (1412 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19102) Based on the award winning novel by Jessica Schiefauer, Kim, Bella and Momo are three teenage girls dealing with the trials of bullying, marginalization and sexual confusion. But things change when they discover a curious plant in their beloved greenhouse that mysteriously transforms them into boys. Not only does their gender change, the world around them, and their response to it, is profoundly altered. A skillfully crafted tale of sexual confusion with a supernatural twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Saturday, March 18th, 2017 2:30pm - Connelly Auditorium at UArts (211 South Broad Street, 8th floor) T.W.F.A.F. This program of short films shines a light on the importance of friendship - created, accidental, and tested. From the Bride of Frankenstein to the girl next door to your everyday superheroes, we all need to get by with a little help from our friends sometimes. After all That’s What Friends Are For… [Total running time 92m] Bride of Frankie | USA | 18m 48s | Dir. Devi Snively In this feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creature, but strange things happen when the sparks fly.

Thanksgiving Guest | USA |12m | Dir. Zoe Pressman Mashed potatoes, new moms, and a new man? Conversation around the Thanksgiving table is never easy, especially when you’re Eva, a young woman with one mission: piss off dad. Princess | Germany |16m | Dir. Karsten Dahlem A fiery bully get the tables turned and learns the true meaning of courage. Superheroes | Germany | 16m | Dir. Volker Petters Sometimes superheroes come in super small pack(age)s. At least “2 heads short” for his age, Phil gets picked on for his small stature and quick retorts. He forms some unlikely alliances to get the upper hand. Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason | USA | 9m 25s Wilna Hervey, a six-foot-three-inch, three-hundred-pound heiress played the role of “The Powerful Katrinka” in the Toonerville Trolley comedies of the early nineteen-twenties. While filming on location in the Philadelphia suburbs, Wilna Hervey met Nan Mason, the daughter of her Toonerville co-star, Dan Mason. This heartwarming doc illustrates how Wilna and Nan became close friends and ultimately life partners. Suicide | USA | 28m | Dir. Molly Ratermann Carson McCarthy has decided to end it all and drags along her reluctant bestie to help her do the deed. A light hearted look at a serious problem.

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QFlix and The Women’s Film Festival Partnership Series Saturday, March 18th 5pm Prince Theater

Sunday, March 19th 5:00pm Connelly Auditorium at UArts (211 South Broad Street, 8th floor)

Manly Stanley Takes New York | USA | 5 min, 34 sec | Dir. Shelby Coley

Families. Am I Right? Headaches, feelings of depression, euphoria, hilarity and solace. What causes all of these side effects? Families. Am I Right? We love ‘em, we hate ‘em, and now we put their business on blast. [Total Running Time-82m 81s]

London-based drag king Edythe Woolley––also known as Manly Stanley––walks us through her Brooklyn cabaret performance set which confronts misogyny from designer vagina surgery, to real online vagina contests to espouse a queer, feminist drag performance. *Nudity

Piece of Cake | US | 17m | Dir. Ella Lentini

Suicide Kale | USA | 1h 18m Directed by Carly Usdin

After a year of dating paradise, things go awry when Jessie’s parents, who are unaware that ‘Alex’ is a girl, arrive in town for their anniversary.

Veganism, dog custody, and the dreaded LBD (have someone explain it) are all topics familiar with most queer couples. But what happens when an anonymous suicide note is found at a Saturday afternoon cookout? Jasmine (writer Brittani Nichols) and Penn (Lindsay Hicks) are a newly minted couple. They’re still at that “We haven’t had sex since this whole month!..’ ‘…but it’s only the 2nd...” phase. The couple is enjoying an afternoon cookout at the home of their friends, long term couple, Jordan (Brianna Baker) and Billie (Jasika Nicole) when the note is discovered. Awkward! Winner of numerous awards [Best narrative feature, Best comedy, Best Acting] this beautifully shot film is a dark but comedic ‘Who wrote it?’ you won’t want to miss.

Still Devout | USA | 19m 21s | Dir. Melissa Perez An anxious 22 year old must choose between romantic love and the needs of her family. Encuentro | USA | 16m 20s | Dir. Florencia Manovil Claudia’s night out with friends is disrupted by an encounter with the captivating Isabel. The Candidate | USA-6m | Dir. Michael Hilf The Candidate goes through a rigorous vetting process to determine The One for a very specific agenda. Split Costs | USA | 24m | Dir. Jeffrey Blake Palmer Two young women from disparate backgrounds share a ride to western Massachusetts in this award-winning story of unexpected friends navigating life’s bumpy roads and moving forward with hope.

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