Director Biography – Hannah de Groot (TIME AT WOODPINE)

Hannah

Hannah is from Cupertino, California. A recent graduate of Chapman University Dodge College of Film & Media Arts, she earned her BFA in Film Production with a minor in History. Hannah is also an alumna of Phillips Academy, Andover which served as inspiration for her senior thesis Time at Woodpine. In addition to directing, she has a passion for progressive education, writing, classical guitar, and outdoor sports.

Director Statement

There are moments in our lives when we realize, in an unpredictable and sometimes terrifying world, we all need each other to lean on. My films aim to capture these moments.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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