Posted by: michellemuldoon | July 24, 2014

AOF 2014: Women With A Vision

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The 2014 Action On Film (AOF) International Film Festival puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to supporting female filmmakers and writers.  New to the 2014 festival is the Women With a Vision evening celebrating short films made by women. The program has been curated by actor/producer  Angela Matemotja. It’s the next level of commitment from a festival that honoured four women filmmakers in 2009; including me. I am, I suppose, the elder statesperson of the group, and the connection between where the event started, and where it is going.

AOF has consistently supported women in film. It is an open and inclusive festival that celebrates people “getting it done”, regardless of gender, colour or orientation. It’s a special place and one I have been very proud to be a part of.

A Rendezvous will screen once more at the Krikorian Theater in Monrovia, California on Friday, August 29th. The evening starts at 7:30 with a welcome in the Pavillion, followed by screenings and a Q and A at 8:00. The evening finishes with an after party at Bar O, two doors over from the Krikorian.

A Rendezvous was filmed in one day at a green screen studio, with what amounts to a shoe-string budget for this type of venture. It’s comprised of forty one composited shots. While that was a challenge, the one thing that was not was directing the actors. Bronwen Smith and Catherine Lough Haggquist are exceptional in the film as Margie and Jordan. They are vulnerable, determined, frightened and resolved, all in eight minutes. The theme song is written by my long-time collaborator, The Land of Deborah.  It’s a film about connection, and it’s gratifying to know that the work of these exceptional women has connected with both an audience, and a festival curator.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I hope you’ll join us for a wonderful celebration.

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