G.R.I.T. will host its third annual screening of films by female directors Wednesday, November 5th at 7:00pm at the Los Angeles Film School Screening Room, 6363 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, RSVP to 323.610.5665.
G.R.I.T., short for Girls Reeling It Together, is a group of female directors whose mission is to support a community of female filmmakers everywhere. The women of G.R.I.T. take charge of the future of their films. G.R.I.T. rejects cynicism, racism, and sexism and proclaims a holistic, inclusive, and educated world-view. G.R.I.T. believes in community and environmental renewal. G.R.I.T. promotes stories of faith and the human spirit.
The three films featured in this year¹s screening are “OLA¹S BOX OF CLOVERS” (35mm, 10 min., animated short) written and directed by Genevieve Anderson, “FEAR OF FALLING” (16mm, 22 min., narrative short) written and directed by Melissa M. Brown, and “IRENE¹S LAST CALL” (16mm, 47 min., documentary) directed by Renie Oxley.
“OLA¹S BOX OF CLOVERS” is told entirely with rod-manipulated puppets, a technique Genevieve utilized in her two previous shorts with puppets, Boxed and Sunlight. This simple story takes place in the interior world of an old woman after her death, and follows her granddaughter¹s journey to understanding her unfulfilled dreams. Genevieve Anderson is a festival veteran whose films have played at over 60 festivals nationally and internationally including Berlin, Chicago, and South by Southwest to name a few. This is her fifth short film. OLA¹S BOX OF CLOVERS will have its world premiere at G.R.I.T. 2003.
“FEAR OF FALLING” introduces us to Annabelle whose epileptic brother James is coming to dinner where she discovers that her lifelong, front row seat to his illness has left her with an inability to have her own loving, trusting relationships with men, namely Ray, her best boyfriend to date. The film deals with Anna¹s moment of self-discovery when forced to reveal her true self. Melissa Brown is a recent graduate from the School of Visual Art in New York where she was the first woman ever to win the Best Director Award as well as the Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film/Video Production. FEAR OF FALLING has screened in several festivals most recently here in LA at the Silver Lake Film Festival.
“IRENE¹S LAST CALL” In 1937, a teenager became the first woman in Detroit to get a liquor license. Experience the end of an era and the 65 year reign of the legendary Kress Lounge. Heed to her spirit and prepare to listen for Irene’s Last Call. So inspired by the making of this film, Renie, once a corporate lawyer, quit her job in Detroit and moved to Los Angeles to direct feature films. IRENE’S LAST CALL has been screened at the Newport Beach, Orinda and Long Beach Film Festivals.