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Meet the Director: Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich, Mckayla

The following interview is the third in a series from writer and former Olympic alpine skier, Carrie Sheinberg who is profiling the filmmakers behind our 2017 festival films.   Editor’s Note: Since the completion of Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich’s film, the subject – Mckayla – succumbed to a sudden recurrence of cancer. Mckayla died on September 14, 2017.  We extended our deepest condolences to Mckayla's family and to Ms. Hunt Ehrlich. Years ago Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich was an upstart photographer working for independent artists and magazines around New York City. On a walkabout, in search of compelling imagery in the outer boroughs, Ehrlich happened upon a highly competitive cricket league. For the first time, she felt she needed more than just...

Meet the Director: Veena Rao, The Honeys and Bears

The following interview is the second in a series from writer and former Olympic alpine skier, Carrie Sheinberg who is profiling the filmmakers behind our 2017 films.   Filmmaker Veena Rao is fascinated by people and their everyday superpowers. Since graduating from NYU’s Tisch school of arts, Rao has documented an incredible variety of subjects: a gold polisher/ultra-marathon runner in Mumbai, an art-gallery-owner-by-day and aikido-master-by-night in New York City, an Iraqi refugee who recreates elaborate scenes in miniature replicas and a group of senior citizen synchronized swimmers in Harlem, New York, among others. What Rao loves is finding the extraordinary in the seemingly mundane. “There is something special inside everyone,” she says and Rao’s own superpower (if you will) is...

Meet the Directors: Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters

The following interview is the first in a series from writer and former Olympic alpine skier, Carrie Sheinberg who is profiling the filmmakers behind our 2017 films.   Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters, identical twin sisters and co-founders of Lookalike Productions have been telling sports stories for the past 30 years. They have earned16 Emmy awards, a Peabody Award, a Cine Golden Eagle Award and countless other accolades for their in-depth coverage of just about every sport imaginable. But somehow, despite their diverse storytelling resume, the most successful and revered coach in the history of college basketball had never passed through their viewfinder. So when long-time friend and television host Robin Roberts approached them with the idea to tell...

Meet the Directors Behind the Camera with Carrie Sheinberg

We’re thrilled to announce that Carrie Sheinberg has joined the Women Sports Film Festival team and will be profiling the filmmakers behind our 2017 films. As a writer and former Olympic alpine skier, Carrie knows the terrain of sports and storytelling firsthand. Keep an eye on our NEWS section for her interviews in the weeks ahead. But first, here's Carrie: As an Olympian I spent my career telling my own story; and since retiring in 1998, I’ve spent many of my professional years telling the stories of others – as a sports journalist for ESPN, SKI Magazine and NBC Olympic outlets. I was struck: on the playing field or on the hill, I had always been surrounded by women. But...

2017 Women Sports Film Festival has landed!

Welcome to the second annual Women Sports Film Festival. We are excited to be returning to Oakland with a full slate of new films celebrating the athletic achievement of women and girls from around the world. Our 2017 program includes seven feature length documentaries and 16 short films featuring female athletes from three continents participating in 18 sports.  The festival runs for from September 28 to October 1, 2017 at The New Parkway Theater. Festivities kick off with our Opening Night film, Girl Unbound, about Pakistani squash player and human rights activist, Maria Toorpakai, on Thursday, September 28. On Friday, September 29, we take a look back at the role Venus Williams played in the historic fight for equal prize...

Statement Regarding Yom Kippur

The Women Sports Film Festival is committed to creating an inclusive and respectful gathering place to share stories and celebrate the achievements of female athletes from around the world. When selecting the dates for our second annual festival (September 28-30, 2017) we fell short in our commitment by scheduling the festival during Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays. This was a careless oversight and we extend our sincere apologies to our friends and colleagues in the Jewish community for this mistake. In the short term, we have expanded the film festival by an additional day to include a full program of films and discussions on Sunday, October 1. In the long term, we promise to take extraordinary care when...
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