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By Film Threat Staff | March 3, 2005

The first annual Reel Women International Film Festival opens in Hollywood Thursday, March 17 and runs through Sunday March 20, 2005. RWIFF includes a uniquely diverse lineup of features, documentaries, shorts including animation, as well as a student competition sponsored by Kodak and Final Draft software.
RWIFF will have the internationally controversial film WHITE RAINBOW as its opening night presentation, which will screen at the Chinese Mann Theater in Hollywood, followed by a red carpet opening night gala.

All other screenings and events will be held at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Friday, March 18th, RWIFF celebrates 30 years of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. This special presentation and networking opportunity will feature a small sampling of films produced within the DWW. Closing night includes the screening of “Ganges: River to Heaven”, a gripping reality of one of India’s sacred rivers, followed by a reception and closing note from the festival director. The centerpiece presentation is COMING UP EASY, starring Meg Foster (The Man In The Iron Mask) and Robert Blanche (Thumbsucker). COMING UP EASY is the feature debut by accomplished director, writer and producer, Rebecca Rodriguez.

Other screenings include THE DEVIL CATS, written and directed by Anika Portier and produced by Sydney Protier, an IFC original movie, IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN and the documentary JUVIES, directed by Leslie Neale and produced by Mark Whalberg. Also featured at this year’s first annual RWIFF is a series of highly acclaimed documentaries presented by Women Make Movies, including AFGANISTAN:THE LOST TRUTH, THE BLONDS and SISTERS OF THE SCREEN:AFRICAN WOMEN.

For more info, visit the Reel Women International Film Festival website.

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