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9 Female Film Projects To Fund in September 

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If you visited a movie theater this summer (and according to the numbers,not many of you did), odds are you watched aliens fire laser guns, buff men fire machine guns, or monsters trample urban centers. We go to blockbusters as bystanders, not as participants. But what if your role in the movie-making process were more active than merely sitting down and eating popcorn?

Instead of buying a ticket, you could invest in the the film itself. You could help change the dismal statistics for women directors in film — women directed only 6% of the 250 top-grossing films in 2016. You'd watch the finished product knowing that you had some hand in making it possible. Thanks to your donation, filmmakers could invest in the many, many cogs of the movie machine, from equipment to actors to editors.

That's where these female-led film projects come in. Each was written, directed, or produced by a woman; by supporting these projects, you're helping to even the cinematic playing field. 2017 is the year of Wonder Woman. Let's make it the year of wonder women. Here are nine fantastic projects to fund, if you have a few bucks to spare.



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Crowdfunded Short Film 'East Of The River' Will Show The Real Side Of Anacostia Teens

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The high rate of school pushout, when students are asked to leave before graduation, has declined, but is still a serious issue in the District. The Washington Post reported that seven schools had been underreporting their suspensions for the past two years. Filmmaker Hannah Peterson hopes to dramatize this systemic failure of our youth by telling the stories of people, not statistics.

That's why she's developing the short film East of The River, recently featured as Kickstarter's project of the day. The film observes teenage girl Teonna in the aftermath of her suspension from school, following along on her now empty school day as she meets other kids who've been similarly afflicted.

On their Kickstarter page, the filmmakers explain that author Monique Morris, in her book Pushout, offers this startling statistic: “black girls are 16 percent of the student population, but nearly one-third of all girls referred to law enforcement and more than one-third of all female school-based arrests."

Still, the proposed film is no alarmist 60 Minutes segment, but a true account of what life feels like for Anacostia kids. Far from depicting the kind of ham-fisted melodrama that outsiders may imagine their lives to be, Peterson and her collaborators were more concerned with honesty and authenticity.


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