Director Biography – Lena Groves (STAND TOGETHER)

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Lena Groves is an award winning writer and director that specializes in films that give people a voice. After serving in Uganda she was inspired to educate people about the kinds of things that go on in the world that people would rather turn around and forget. She has made documentaries giving voices to the immigrant communities in Upstate NY, victims of female genital mutilation in The Gambia, and migrants learning English literacy in Dublin, Ireland. Through her films she hopes to inspire people that small gestures can have the largest impacts and to stand up for what is right, even in the smallest of ways.

Director Statement

Stand Together is a film that shows people even in spite of seeing mass tragedy everyday through media, there is still hope if we look past our differences and stand in solidarity against the issues that plague our world. It will encourage people that the smallest action will have the greatest outcome. Though we cannot save everyone and may be overwhelmed to do so, hope is not lost if we look past the darkness we see everyday. We must stand together and take action.

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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