Mark your calendars! March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than to catch the 3rd Annual Nevada Women’s Film Festival at the state-of-the-art Big Springs Theater at beautiful Springs Preserve on March 23-26.
The Nevada Film Festival (NWFFest) is a project of the Nevada Women’s Film Collective, a nonprofit organization of academics and filmmakers from around the community. It is the only festival in the State of Nevada to showcase women directors and women in key crew positions, and is made possible by a grant from Nevada Humanities.The four-day festival kicks off at the new luxury Eclipse Theater in downtown Las Vegas with a panel discussion entitled: “Finding our Voices: Diversity and Inclusion in the Film and Television Industry”, moderated by UNLV Film Department Chair Dr. Heather Addison. Following the panel there will be a screening of local indie feature The Track, directed by UNLV film professor Brett Levner and starring Missy Yager (Mad Men) and Sam Trammell (True Blood, The Fault in Our Stars). I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of The Track at the 2016 Las Vegas Film Festival (you can read my review here) and it is a powerful film which explores and raises awareness of some of the unfortunate realities that many women face here in Las Vegas in the sex trafficking industry.
The festival includes a diverse and exciting selection of films from both Nevada and around the world, including a special screening of the critically acclaimed A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, described as the “first Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western” by break out director Ana Lily Amirpour. The screening will take place on Saturday, March 25th at 4:00pm followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A session with the filmmaker herself. This should be a very interesting evening indeed.
The festival will conclude on Sunday night, March 26th, with the Femmy Awards, a ceremony honoring its most outstanding filmmakers. This year’s award for Nevada Woman Filmmaker of the Year goes to accomplished producer, May May Luong, a UNLV graduate who works on a number of feature film and television projects as a partner at Roadwings Entertainment.
Festival Founder and Executive Director Nikki Corda is extremely proud of the festival’s growth, stating that “Since its inception as a modest idea for a local student event, NWFFest has grown into an international festival which champions diversity and the great achievements of women filmmakers while highlighting the vibrant creative community of Nevada.”
The Nevada Women’s Film Fest will undoubtedly be yet another great opportunity to support the always impressive Las Vegas artistic community. For schedule and ticket information please visit nwffest.com and eclipsetheaters.com. I hope to see you there!