SHORTS

A Day On My Wheels
Directed by: Tiffany Kontoyiannis, Written by Sarah Kim
Barnard College student, Sarah Kim, has never let cerebral palsy stand in her way. A Day On My Wheels celebrates Sarah’s accomplishments, determination, and passion for life.

And Nothing Happened
Directed and Written by: Naima Ramos-Chapman
A young woman juggles between the mundane and the extraordinary in an attempt to leave her NYC apartment following a sexual assault.

Dangerous Curves
Directed by: Merete Mueller
What is confidence, really? On stage, online, and in everyday life, plus-sized pole dancer Roslyn Mays uncovers vulnerability and strength through public exposure.

I, Destini
Directed by: Destini Riley and Nicholas Pilarski
Destini Riley co-directs an animated documentary looking at the separate experiences of her family members in the wake of her brother’s incarceration.

La Cocinera
Directed by: Emily Harrold
An inspiring look at the rise of Daniela Soto-Innes, the 25-year-old Mexican-born Chef de Cuisine at Cosme — now hailed as one of the best chefs in New York City.

Leeches
Directed and Written by: Payal Sethi
A surprising story of a sister’s sacrifice as 18-year-old Raisa hatches a dangerous and improbable plan to save her younger sister from becoming a one-day bride in Hyderabad.

Mezzo
Directed by: Nicole Opper
Mezzo celebrates the life and artistic endeavors of Breanna Sinclaire, an African-American opera singer and the first openly trans woman to study at a major conservatory.

Moving Target [New York Premiere]
Directed by: Tanja Wol Sorensen
The remarkable story of Colombian human rights advocate, Ruby, who fights for justice on behalf of victims of the conflict between government paramilitaries and FARC guerrillas.

The Rain Collector
Directed by: Isabella Wing-Davey
Based on true events, The Rain Collector is the story of a young female scientist in Victorian England who struggles to find her place in a discipline with strict expectations for women.

Vamanos
Directed by: Marvin Bryan Lemus, Written by: Moira Morel and Erick Castrillon
A gay Latina mourns the death of her butch girlfriend, Mac, and vows to bury her with dignity, despite resistance from Mac’s mother.

Where We Stand
Directed by: Kristine Stolakis
The powerful story of a controversial group of Mormon feminists fighting for women’s ordination in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

You Can Go
Directed by: Christine Turner, Written by: Daniel Solé
A startling portrayal of a high school administrator talking down a troubled teen in her school.

UNDERWIRE SHORT FILMS PROGRAM 

Borders
Directed by: Elizabeth Mizon
Through the experience of a historical, anonymous, female migrant, Borders tells a powerful story of one group of women who fell victim to racism and sexism in 1970’s Britain.

Incredible Machines
Directed by: Kathryn Ferguson
Contemporary notions of underwear and sexualized advertising imagery are worlds apart from the daily reality of dressing. This film explores the unseen relationship women have with their bodies and undergarments.

Little Doll [New York Premiere]
Directed and Written by: Kate Dolan
After a chance meeting, preteens Elenore and Alex have an instant connection. Amidst friends, frenemies, and sleepovers, they must face the confusion and uncertainty of developing a same-sex first crush.

Little Soldier[U.S. Premiere]
Directed and Written by: Stella Corradi
10 year-old Anya is devoted to her mother Amanda whose boyfriend Derek threatens to come between them. This darkly comic drama highlights the power of one girl’s desire to change her own world.

Murmur [New York Premiere]
Directed by: Aurora Fearnley
Written by: Simon James Cookson
A young woman passes the border safely, but can she convince another to join her break for freedom?

Offside[U.S. Premiere] 

Directed by: Jimmy Dean
Written by: Ellie Gocher
After learning she will soon lose her place on the local boy’s soccer team, eleven-year-old Kirsty struggles to come to terms with her developing identity as a young woman.

Wyrdoes
Directed and Written by: Nat Luurtsema
Inspired by Macbeth and The Everyday Sexism Project, this story follows three insulted and misunderstood women whose fortunes rise as Macbeth’s fall. Wyrdoes is a modern, 11th century comedy.

TELEVISION PREVIEW

The Handmaid’s Tale
Directed by: Reed Morano
Based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood, this story takes place in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society that treats women as state property. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is forced into sexual servitude as a Handmaid in the Commander’s household. In a terrifying and threatening society, Offred fights to survive and to find the daughter that was taken from her.

VIRTUAL REALITY

Across the Line
Directed by: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons, and Nonny de la Peña
Across the Line is an immersive virtual reality experience to put viewers in the shoes of a patient entering a health center for a safe and legal abortion. Using real audio gathered at protests, scripted scenes, and documentary footage, the film is a powerful hybrid documentary-fiction depiction of the gauntlet that many abortion providers, health center staff, and patients must walk on a typical day in America.

Clouds of Sidra
Directed by: Gabo Arora & Chris Milk
Meet Sidra. This charming 12-year-old girl will guide you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp’s population. In this lyrical VR film, Sidra leads you through her daily life: Eating, sleeping, learning and playing in the vast desert city of tents.

Waves of Grace
Directed by: Gabo Arora & Chris Milk
This is the story of Decontee Davis, an Ebola survivor who uses her immunity to care for orphaned children in her Liberian village. Liberia has endured the largest Ebola outbreak in history. As communities rebuild, Decontee and others seek healing through faith.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

How it Feels to Be Free
Directed by: Yoruba Richen
How it Feels to Be Free is a feature length documentary illustrating how trailblazing black female entertainers took control of their own image while fighting for civil rights, both through their artistic work and through political actions.

Netizens
Directed by: Cynthia Lowen
Netizens exposes the proliferation of cyber harassment faced by women, spreading from the web to the most intimate corners of their lives. This feature documentary follows targets of harassment, along with lawyers, advocates, policymakers and others, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online.

Untitled Women of the 1st Intifada Project
Directed by: Julia Bacha
In the spring of 1988, a clandestine network of Palestinian women emerged to lead a vibrant nonviolent social movement that put the Palestinian people on the map. Their identities have remained hidden… until now.

PANELS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Indie Film Financing: How to Find Funding For Your Film
Film financing is widely acknowledged as one of the most challenging aspects of the filmmaking process. You can have the greatest story or cast — but without funding, you are just another aspiring filmmaker with a dream and a passion. This session will provide useful tips and strategies to find and pitch to investors and market your film for success.

Contract Landmines:  How to Navigate and Negotiate the Legal Side of Filmmaking Attorney Nicole Page will help participants understand the legal landscape of filmmaking, including when to engage counsel and how to “decode” legal contracts related to filmmaking and the industry. By reviewing important and standard contract clauses, participants will learn how to protect themselves from legal pitfalls and sticky situations in the future.

Female Gaze — Is There A Female Narrative?
When most all films are made from the white male perspective, it not only reinforces that perspective, it also reinforces the invisibility of other perspectives. What does this systemic problem mean for the stories we tell and for the stories we are told? Join us for a conversation on the female narrative. Does it exist? If yes, what is it?

Unconscious Bias Workshop
This panel discussion will focus on how to create systemic change for women in the entertainment industry. Panelists lead us in a conversation to explore unconscious bias, how it manifests within the entertainment industry, and what the industry can do to overcome these barriers and create more opportunities for women.

Conquering the Camera
This “Tools of the Trade” expo will give aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to get up close and personal with today’s top film cameras and equipment. This is a unique chance to participate in interactive workshops and training sessions with experts.

A Noble Affair Live Reading
Written by: Anil Baral and Kathryn Maughan
Join us for a reading from A Noble Affair, a 2016 Athena List winner. As Marie Curie is nominated for a Nobel Prize, her affair with a married man creates a scandal that ruins her reputation and becomes the obstacle to the prize that will prove her a scientist in her own right.

Master Class with Patricia Riggen
Patricia Riggen has directed films including the Chilean miners saga The 33, Girl in Progress, La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon) which she also produced and Miracles from Heaven.  In 2016, Mexican born Riggen is the top grossing female director for a live action film for Miracles from Heaven. Riggen also wrote, directed and produced two multi-awarded short films, Gordon Parks’ documentary Family Portrait and narrative film The Cornfield. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of the Arts.

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