SHEL Strong Than My Fears

We love SHEL music!

Putting together a film festival is kind of liking making a beautiful meal. Every ingredient has to stand on it's own while working together with the other elements to create something new, delicious and memorable. Jennie and I travelled to the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in Colorado over Memorial Day weekend in search of the final few films that would complete our festival program. We found exactly what we were looking for in Equal Footing, Operation Moffatt and Wasfia and were thrilled to meet the directors and subjects of each of the films in person. At that point, we could have left satisfied but there was one more magical ingredient in store for us when we heard SHEL perform their gorgeous song, Stronger...
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That's a Wrap!

Thank you to everyone who made the first Women Sports Film Festival a huge success. We welcomed over 500 attendees to our inaugural three-day event celebrating female athletes and storytellers through documentary film. The festival kicked off on Thursday, July 28 with a sold-out audience for our Opening Night film, T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold about the journey of Claressa Shields to her first Olympic gold medal in boxing.  Drea Cooper (Director), Rebecca Saladoff (Editor) and Vanessa Carr (Cinematographer) were in attendance for a post-screening Q&A followed by an interactive boxing demonstration with Coach Dalia Gomez and two of her young female boxers from the East Oakland Boxing Association. The festival continued on Friday, July 29 with an...
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Equal Pay For USWNT And Why Women Don’t Ask

Previously appeared in the Huffington Post. There are many inspiring commercials featuring the U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT), portraying them as role models for young girls who hope to achieve at the highest level of their sport. The most powerful thing the USWNT is doing for women of all ages is to lead by example by standing tall and asking for a raise. Yes, let’s first talk about this equal pay issue as a performance-based raise. Their performance from top to bottom has been exemplary, on and off the field. As it turns out, simply “asking” requires the courage to work against how we’ve been socialized to behave as females. As a society, we teach women that it is...
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Win a Free Beach Cruiser from Priority Bicycles

Buy a ticket to see a film at the Women Sports Film Festival on July 29 & 30 and you might ride home on a brand new Beach Cruiser from Priority Bicycles.  Our friends at Priority Bicycles have generously donated a Priority Coast beach cruiser to be given away to one lucky winner during the festival. Priority Bicycles is committed to making cycling more simple. They have reassessed every element of the bicycle from the ground up in order to make riding more simple and more enjoyable. In an era where endless customization and gadgets are prevalent, they put their energy not toward adding to the bicycle, but taking away what they believed to be unnecessary.  The results are bicycles that are...
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Dads Stand Up for Daughters and Girl's Sports

Title IX is the landmark legislation passed in 1972 that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally-funded education program or activity. Implementing the provisions of the new law was a slow and arduous process in which fathers emerged as the champions of enforcement on behalf of their daughters. As Karen Blumenthal says in her book, Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America: Congress passed the law that opened doors for girls and women in school and sports, and the government was charged with enforcing it. But the secret weapons in the fight for fairness was dads. The generation of girls born in the 1970's and beyond grew up with fathers who firmly...
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READY, SET, GO!

After months of behind the scenes planning, we're thrilled to finally pull the curtain back and announce the lineup of films for our inaugural Women Sports Film Festival.  Our carefully curated program includes nine feature length documentaries and a collection of eight short films featuring athletes from four continents participating in eleven different sports. We'll kick the festivities off  with our opening night film, T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 pm. Co-presented by Independent Lens, KQED and the San Francisco Film Society, this is a free community screening and open to all. On Friday night, July 29, we take a look back at the trailblazing journey of legendary tennis player, Althea Gibson in the award-winning film, Althea.  Saturday, July...