On November 30, six organizations will present 16 videos they have created about their experiences, accomplishments, and the knowledge they have accumulated from working with over 180 youth in the Seattle/King County area since August 2011. Together, the Environmental Justice Network in Action (EJNA), St. Mary’s Parish and Food Bank, Interim Wild Youth Program, Aki Kurose Middle School, Reel Grrls, Seattle Public Utilities, and Local Hazardous Waste Management Program invite the community to celebrate the youth and their work at this event, which includes a video showcase, outreach and activities, information and resources, and food and refreshments. The event will be held at New Holly Gathering Hall at 7054 32nd Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118 from 6:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on November 30.
A new face will be at the helm of Seattle’s groundbreaking film and media school for young women, Reel Grrls: Robin Held, former Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Frye Art Museum. To celebrate Robin’s continuing impact to the Seattle art scene, a toast will be held in her honor at the Century Ballroom on February 5th at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Reel Grrls is a Seattle-based nonprofit that strives to empower young women to realize their talent in the world of media by providing hands-on workshops related to every aspect of filmmaking. Reel Grrls is seeking an inspirational and visionary leader with a passion for film, digital media and the empowerment of young women to fill The Executive Director position. The Executive Director provides strategic leadership, direction, and guidance to Reel Grrls, oversees all organizational functions and programs and forges strategic partnerships with funding sources, governmental agencies, partner organizations and all stakeholder constituencies.
Start practicing your best “walking dead” impression now. The 3rd annual Red, White and Dead walk takes place in less than two weeks. This year Seattle is reclaiming the Guinness World Record for the largest zombie walk, this time from New Jersey. While cavorting in your best undead duds, catch performances all afternoon and evening from local musicians like Death Star Hip-Hop, Rushden & Diamonds, Spawn Atomic, The Staxx Brothers, and Kultur Shock. Part of the event’s proceeds will also benefit Reel Grrls, an organization that mentors young female filmmakers.
Reel Grrls, the award-winning after school media production training program for teen girls, is seeking committed mentors for after-school and school-break programs in early 2011. Reel Grrls relies on the support and commitment of phenomenal adult women volunteers who mentor, train and learn alongside its participants. They are seeking mentors with a variety of backgrounds and skills to share: the main requirement is a commitment to empowering young women through media production. In exchange for their hard work and time commitment, mentors gain access to Reel Grrls video equipment and the opportunity to network with other Seattle-based filmmakers, artists, activists and educators. Learn more at the link above.
Congratulations to Reel Grrls progeny Naomi Nelson! The local youth filmmaker has just been awarded the People’s Choice Award from POV’s “This is My Family” competition for her documentary short, Why Not. The competition is part of PBS’ “Adoption Stories” public awareness campaign, launched to examine the issues adoptees and families who choose to adopt face. Naomi’s film, described by POV as “personal story about one young woman’s experience in foster care and how she beat the odds to end up at a four year university,” garnered the most online votes in the short video competition. “This is the real thing,” said one competition juror of Naomi’s work. “She is a great character in the midst of transformation and you can’t ask for anything more.” See for yourself below!
After School program participants meet one or more times per week over an extended period of time such as 3-9 months. They work on creating a 3-15 minute video, and often produce polished videos for submission to film festivals. There are two programs currently open for registration. Music Video Production Program: Make a music video for a local band in an all-girl, noncompetitive environment. Get hands-on experience with state of the art technology and support from adult women mentors. No previous video production experience necessary. Screenwriting Group: Reel Grrls is starting a six-week screenwriting group. Bring story ideas and they’ll provide the writing exercises, activities, and feedback to help you formulate them into a completed screenplay. For committed writers – no video production experience required. Program meets Thursdays, September 23 – October 28. For more information on the programs, including application process and registration, follow the link.
As part of President Obama’s stimulus package, $150,000 was awarded to Seattle non-profit, Reel Grrls, to help bring digital media making skills to underprivileged areas in the city. The video below is evidence of the empowerment and confidence bestowed upon these middle and high school girls. And be sure to follow the link above to hear today’s KPLU coverage of the organization and its efforts.
Reel Grrls is looking for an energetic individual with a passion for media production and girl empowerment to serve as their Administrative Manager. They are a small nonprofit organization seeking a highly organized and creative individual to help manage their administrative activities. Schedule is 24 hours a week on a flexible basis: three eight-hour days or four or five shorter days. Reel Grrls is a unique media and technology training program that empowers girls to critique media images and to gain media technology skills in a safe, open environment, mentored by a network of multi-cultural women media professionals. Closing date for the position is July 23. For a full list of responsibilities, qualifications and application details follow the link.
Reel Grrls empowers young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production. The Allied Media Conference cultivates strategies for a more just and creative world. As a fundraiser to send young filmmakers to the conference the Reel Grrls are hosting their annual clothing swap. Bring unwanted, good condition clothes to the event and exchange with other attendees. The event will feature DJ B-Girl and have pizza from Piecora’s and donuts from Mighty-O. The event is Tuesday June 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Reel Grrls in the Central District. For more information follow the link.