Short Film: STAND UP, SPEAK OUT: THE PERSONAL POLITICS OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS, 8min., USA, Documentary

This Episode “200+ Years: American Women Fight & Rise” released February 2020 serves as the introduction to the online DocuSeries “Stand UP, Speak OUT” about the impact of the mid-20th century expansion in women’s rights, and the hard-won freedom, independence, and opportunities at risk today. The Series continues with two more episodes: “Equal Pay for Equal Work” released May 2020 and, coming in October 2020, “Voting Rights: From suffrage in 1920 to voter suppression in 2020, and why we still must fight for our right to vote.” Future episodes to be released in 2021 will address such topics as: Reproductive Choice, Affirmative Action, Protection from Sexual Harassment, and To Marry Whom We Love, or Not at All.

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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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