A Lot Like You

A Film by Eliaichi Kimaro

Reviewing LWGMS Girls’ Social Justice Shorts

January 20, 2016


I had the pleasure of reuniting with my fellow female doc filmmaker friends (LtoR: Cassy Soden, Amy Benson, Gretchen Burger) for one of my favorite on-site Work-In-Progress (WIP) gigs.

This was our 2nd year working with the 8th grade girls at Lake WA Girls Middle School, offering feedback on the short films they’re producing for their upcoming Social Justice Film Festival (Tue 2/9 at 6:30, Majestic Bay Theatres).

This year, there were 34 girls working on 13 films on the following issues:  Homelessness, Women in STEM, Disability, Muslims in America, Body Image, Heteronormative Bias in Children’s Television, Understanding Autism, Racism (A Social Experiment), Gender & Economics, Prisoner Rights, Ageism (Youth), Women’s Suffrage Movement.

And while I look a tad crazed in my pic below (!), rest assured the four of us left feeling completely inspired by the girls and the breadth of topics they were tackling.

Look forward to seeing how their films evolve!

As part of the 8th grade social justice Walls to Bridges Curriculum, four filmmakers – Eli Kimaro (A Lot Like You), Amy Benson (Drawing the Tiger), Gretchen Burger (Another Side of Peace, Biz Kid$), and Cassy Soden (dot.CON, Evergreen), all founding members of SeaDoc, striving to cultivate a community of high caliber non-fiction storytellers in the Pacific Northwest – are working with the girls on their Resistance and Remembrance themed films today. What a gift to learn from and be mentored by these women who are blazing trails in for our girls! Be sure to join us o see their final products at LWGMS’s Social Justice Film Festival on Tuesday, February 9! Thank you for hosting again this year, Majestic Bay Theatres! Doors open at 6:30p. Films begin at 7p. @elikimaro @DrawingTheTiger @gbrgr @SeattleDocs #lwgms #ldub #SmartGirls #LikeAGirl #rolemodels #anlwgmsproduction #FilmHerStory #HireTheseWomen #GeenaOnGender  #womeninfilm #womendirectors #girlpower #ilooklikeafilmmaker

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