HER-Story x Angry Inuk
This is SO late because… well, life. But also because since the launch of our very first HER-STORY screening in November 2016, our inbox has been flooded by excited emails from female filmmakers who are interested in screening their films with us. We are beyond thrilled that you are as excited about this series as we are!
Reel Canada sent a wonderful representative and friend, Rebecca, who spearheaded the booth and answered questions in relation to National Film Day (yes, Canada, we do have a national film day and it is awesome) and their Canadian content program in schools.
Like all our MUFF events we had buttons available, but we stopped there. We hid the sparkles and glam for this event because we wanted the audience to really concentrate on the important message of each documentary.
“I have always wanted to run my own film screening (it’s a lot of work, but totally worth it). And starting off with a program dedicated to aboriginal content and filmmakers was the perfect beginning.” — Jennifer, Producer.
Our first program consisted of a short film, We Make Stories out of Totem Poles, and feature, Angry Inuk. Short film director Patricia Marcoccia attended the screening and lead the post screening Q&A with the film’s subject, Charles, over the phone. Charles graciously lent us his ear for 15mins and told us about what the totem pole actually represents. He also revealed some new projects he is working on, including a very Canadian request: hockey sticks! We wish Charles the best!
Then we prepared to call the director of Angry Inuk, Alethea, from Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Both of the phone conversations lasted no longer than 30 minutes but it definitely felt like we learned so much from such a short period of time.
We think connecting filmmakers to an audience allows this audience a chance to validate the information they have just witnessed on screen. They realize, “Yea, this person is real.” They also get to answer that "what now" question that everyone likes to ask.
Even without the sparkles, we had a glorious time! The whole audience was thrilled when we announced that we were going to take a #sealfie photo with Aleathea.
Since the screening, we have received a lot of positive feedback from our growing MUFF community and the doc community. One lady, bless her golden heart, came up to me after as a new MUFF fan. She said she had group she knew who would love to come to the rest of our MUFF program.
It just felt so good. Thank you to all of those who travelled in the cold and came out to our first event.
Wondering about our next event?...
We had a phone call from a prominent Toronto producer who is beyond interested in our series. Her identity is secret for now… shhh. With that meeting and answering all our emails, it is going to be a busy holiday season.
We are busting to announce our March lineup and are just finishing off booking that event. Also, we’d love to hear about what docs you like and some suggestions of female led teams.
Like us, follow us, tag us, and for sparkles' sake… contribute to our new blog on Medium, which Sian has done an amazing job organizing!
Love, Jenn + HER-STORY + MUFF