Bay Area! This weekend brings the second annual Coven Film Festival, three days of film, Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities showcasing the work of women and non-binary filmmakers.
The festival, which will be held at the landmark Roxie Theater in the Mission Jan. 10-12, recognizes that not everyone is young, white, middle-class, cisgender, or able-bodied. Its mission is to amplify the stories, realities, and perspectives of indigenous people, the differently abled, and people of color – as told by women or non-binary storytellers.
Opening Night on Jan. 10 will feature What Lies West, the first film from writer-director Jessica Ellis from Santa Rosa, Calif. The story centers on Nicolette, a recent college grad with dreams of Hollywood, who takes a summer job babysitting Chloe, a sheltered teen yearning to get away from her overprotective mother, if only for a bit. As Nicolette and Chloe get to know each other, and realize they’re not that dissimilar, they embark on an adventure that changes both their lives.
The Saturday Morning Shorts program the following day will include the premiere of The Gift, a film by my friend and neighbor, Jacintha Charles. If it weren’t for her, I probably wouldn’t know to share this, so there’s the full disclosure. Her film – about a girl with uncommonly large ears, who is bullied at school but finds solace in her friendship with a crow in the woods that presents her with gifts every time she feeds it – promises to be an evocative and, perhaps, scary edge-of-your-seater. I can’t wait.
Closing Night on Jan. 12 will feature Accept the Call, the debut documentary from New York-based Singaporean director Eunice Lau, and revolves around a father, a refugee from Somalia living in Minnesota, desperately seeking to understand why his 19-year-old son stands accused by the FBI of terrorism, as both journey to mend their broken relationship.
An awards ceremony and evening of celebration will follow.
Tickets are available here and are fully customizable, so you can get a weekend pass or singles. And now you know.
Do not miss out on the chance to join the Coven Film Festival and support a new class of creatives right here in the heart of San Francisco.