Showcasing the best of female talent. Filmmakers and Screenwriters
Short Film: NO HEARTBEAT, 10min., USA, Drama
Directed by Jana Devino In a near-future Roe Vs. Wade has been overturned nationwide, banning abortion under any circumstance. 15 year old Nola discovers she’s pregnant and must try to find a way to safely choose what she knows is best for her future, despite her family’s strong conservative beliefs.
Originally from NYC, and with a day job in the fashion industry, Jana didn’t always know she wanted to be involved in filmmaking. After moving to LA, Jana joined the Assorted Kinds filmmaking collective, where she was able explore the filmmaking process in a supportive environment. After producing nine films in less than two years, she knew it was time to step into the directing role to tell a story she’s passionate about. Once she met writer Kandace James at the LA Live film festival, they began collaborating on Jana’s first film “No Heartbeat”. With the support of her Assorted Kinds filmmaking family, and her amazing cast, Jana was able to bring the story to life.
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.