Her.Stories: Women filmmakers in Abu Dhabi, Fact sheet on women in the U.S. film industry, Ava DuVernay, Little Miss Jihad and more

Women Filmmakers Perfect Roles in Abu Dhabi
at Gulf News

Women’s Leadership Fact Sheet: A Project of Women Leaders Count
“Women in the U.S. Film Industry” (Fall 2012 Report by the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media)
Download the PDF report

Digital Hollywood Women highlight ‘What Women Want’
at Examiner.com

Ava DuVernay: A New Director, After Changing Course
Listen/read/watch at NPR

Seven Islands International Film Festival in Chennai; focuses on women in 2012*
at India Education Diary
*Good news!  My friend Stephanie Law’s short film, Little Miss Jihad (previously featured as a HF.Spotlight), has been invited to screen at Seven Islands! Congrats, Steph!

AWFJ To Present Special Awards To Women Directors At Cinema St. Louis SLIFF 2012
at We Are Movie Geeks

Women still a minority in film, figures show (in Canada)
at the CBC

Rehovot film festival to focus on women and religion
at Haaretz

‘Mrs. Judo’ Featured in U.N. Association Film Festival
at The Rafu Shimpo

Who will follow Rama Burshtein to the Oscars?
at Haaretz

Naples International Film Festival to host “Women Calling the Shots” panel on November 3
at the NIFF

The UK Jewish Film Festival: The Women To Watch Out For
at Female First

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SPOTLIGHT: Little Miss Jihad

Little Miss Jihad is a narrative short film written by Toronto-based writer and filmmaker, Stephanie Law.  Inspired by her experiences dealing with the September 11, 2001 attacks, she has nurtured and developed this project for many years.  This spring, she and filmmaker Jessica Wu moved into production and directed this film, and are currently in post-production. Stephanie is a vibrant and passionate filmmaker who has crafted an insightful and important film; she was a finalist at the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s ‘So You Think You Can Pitch?’ competition.  Stephanie and her dedicated and talented team are currently raising funds for the film.

Stephanie Law (writer/producer/director)

Find a lot more information below, and please help spread the word about Little Miss Jihad!

Check the links at the bottom to connect with Stephanie and help support this important film.

Courtesy of S. Law

Teaser trailer:

 

Crowdfunding through: LMJ website (currently in post-production stage)

Campaign goal: $6,000 (currently 46% funded)

Campaign ends: August 2012

Logline

When 10-year-old, Afghani-American, Sally Khan, discovers that the father she never knew disappeared on September 11, 2001, she becomes convinced that he is a terrorist.  Now if she could only figure out what that means!

Production still. Jasmine Chan as “Sally Khan.” (Courtesy of S. Law)

Synopsis

LITTLE MISS JIHAD is a dark comedy, yes, comedy, about faith, tolerance, and a child’s imagination running away with her.

After her shocking declaration, Sally is not prepared for the backlash that follows.  I mean, who knew wanting to be a terrorist… would make people so mad?  Sally’s Aunt grounds her, leaving Sally cut off from her usual, reliable source of intel: Wikipedia.  So Sally enlists her best friend, Daniel, to help her prove that her Dad was a terrorist; it’s the only logical explanation why he hasn’t tried contacting her.  He obviously went into hiding.  So convinced of her belief, Sally ignores the impact of her Jihad for the truth on her paranoid community, friends, and family.   Nothing is going to get in her way, and if it does, she’ll just blow it up!  Kidding.  Sorta.  Sally has figured it out, and by becoming a terrorist too, her Dad has to come back for her.  But when mysterious men in black suits appear in her neighbourhood, Sally becomes even more convinced that she’s hit the truth…  She was so right! 

But then… where is her Dad?

Production still. Martin Lindquist, Lisa Robinson, Davis Ryan. (Courtesy of S. Law)

On the LMJ website, director Stephanie Law shares how this film came to be, and says:

“It comes out of my own memories of 9/11—where I was when we found out about the attacks (having our school photos taken)—and that clear loss of innocence.”

Read about the history of this film here

Production still. Melanie Leon as “Farah Khan.” (Courtesy of S. Law)

Production still. Rahim Hajee as “Agent Finch.” (Courtesy of S. Law)

Credits

Stephanie Law (Writer/Producer/Director)
Jessica Wu (Producer/Director)
Adam Crosby (Director of Photography)

(Complete crew credits are available on the LMJ website.)

Connect with this filmmaker and learn more about this new film:

Facebook: /LittleMissJihad

Twitter: @LittleMissJihad

Website:  LittleMissJihadFilm.com
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