Showcasing the best of female talent. Filmmakers and Screenwriters
Director Biography – Lee Margaret Hanson (REFLECTIONS)
Lee Margaret Hanson grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; where her first passion in life was training in martial arts. Taekwondo to be exact. She achieved her 3rd degree black belt and competed at a very high level, representing team Canada at several Junior and Senior World Taekwondo Championships. Along, with martial arts, Hanson became very accomplished in music and theatre, receiving her MFA in Theatre Performance from Arizona State University. Now, officially an Angeleno, Lee has worked in professional theatre, film and commercials. She is an actor and teaching artist in Tim Robbins Theatre company: The Actors’ Gang, and she currently runs the Theatre program at the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Culver City, CA.
This piece was written by an amazing young woman named Ginger Anderson-Willis. Her words speak to the experiences of so many women both young and old. With the help of poetry and film, together women can empower other women.
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.