Sunday, February 21, 2016

In Honor of Women's History Month: Independent Film Arizona presents: "Women in Film"

Join us as five of Tucson's own female directors share their visions and adventures in film-making.

Date: March 1, 2016
Time: 7 p.m
Place: Connect Co-working, 33 South 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ.

There will be a pre-recorded opening statement by Courtney Marsh, director of "Chau: Beyond the Lines" 2016 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short.


After writing two books about her life as a professional figure skater and cyclist, Kathryn Bertine worked as a journalist at ESPN and served as the Senior Editor for espnW. She produced, wrote and directed, “Half the Road” about women cyclists. As an advocate for equality in women’s sports, Kathryn started a movement to bring parity to women’s professional road cycling, starting with the Tour de France.

Heather Hale directed two pilots, lots of commercials, and the feature thriller "Absolute Killers" with Edward Furlong (Terminator), Ed Asner and Meat Loaf. She wrote the Lifetime Original Movie “The Courage to Love” starring Vanessa Williams and Stacey Keach.

Anne Dalton provided photography and writing for AZ Public Media. She produced her first documentary, “The Price of Silence,” creating awareness on the rising trend of domestic minor sex trafficking in SAZ. She continues to focus her documentary work on health topics. She mentors others by facilitating the IFA documentary group and workshops. 

Frances Causey acted as national editor and producer for CNN. The team won Emmys for their coverage of the Oklahoma City and Olympic Park Bombings. Frances' documentary, "Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?” was a New York Times Critic’s Pick, distributed in over 50 countries. Frances was honored with the Women's International Film and Television Jury Award for that effort. Frances has become an environmental advocate by presenting, "Ours Is the Land," her short doc about the proposed Rosemont open pit copper mine south of Tucson encroaching on the Tohono O'odham ancestral burial grounds. 

Sarah Sher is a classically trained film and television professional whose disciplines are in writing, directing, and editing. She wrote, produced and directed, "Have Coffin Will Travel" (Reel Inspiration Short Film Contest winner.)  Sarah co-wrote and co-directed (with Dick Fisher), “Stardust and the Bandit.” It won Best TV Pilot at the California Film Awards. With some spare time and good friends she created "The Pet Friendly Traveler," which is due to begin airing on American Public Television in 2017.

Moderator: Jana Segal-Stormont is an award-winning screenwriter, who produced and directed her short scripts, “The Bath-a-holic” and, “Desert Angel.” As the founder of Reel Inspiration, Jana organized the Reel Vision Filmmakers Conference and several directing workshops. For the last 10 years, she has written reviews promoting diverse films with substance. After discovering that less than 7% of studio productions were directed by women, Jana did some research to find out what happened to all the women filmmakers. That resulted in the article “Incredible Invisible Women Filmmakers” and this forum. 

Movie blessings, 
Jana Segal-Stormont

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