Director Biography – Iyin Landre (JEN, 28)

Iyin Landre has directed commercials, music videos, over 60 short films, and made her first feature in Brazil. Iyin was the winner of the 2019 Superlounge Diversity Award, where she gained recognition for her long standing #1minfilm per week challenge. Through her production company, Two Twelve Productions, she tells bold, gripping stories that push forward the narrative for women and minorities.

Director Statement

Jen, 28 is based on a real life experience of the writer & star, Jessica Sharples. Here is her statement:

My journey with Jen, 28 started in October of 2018 when memories from a night I thought I buried long ago resurfaced. It was the night I was date raped. I began to understand that I couldn’t move on until I resolved the incident in my mind. Because it wasn’t violent and didn’t happen in a dark alleyway by a stranger, I kept questioning if it was truly rape or just a simple misunderstanding. As I dove deeper into this project, I discovered that 90% of the women in my life had also experienced some version of date rape or sexual assault. I realized that I needed to make this film in order to accurately show audiences an unfortunately common female experience and to open the conversation of consent. Yes, the “MeToo” movement helped make the subject matter less taboo, but we still have a ways to go before reaching a world free from sexual assault.

My goals with Jen, 28 are two fold: firstly, to depict the more common instances of rape and show that it takes more forms besides the horrific acts of violence we usually see in movies and TV; secondly, to inspire women and men to come together and continue the conversation of consent after seeing Jen and Adam start it on screen. This film is meant to create empowerment through awareness, open the conversation of consent, and make positive lasting change on the front of date rape and sexual assault.

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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