The Friendship Club and The Sierra Mentoring Partnership presents the award-winning documentary film 'Miss Representation" - Monday, November 28th, at the Nevada Theatre, followed by a panel discussion with students, educators, and members of the media. This one night only event is a must-see for families, educators, students, civic leaders, community organizers and more.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective. www.missrepresentation.org
"We are thrilled to have so many outreach opportunities for Miss Representation. This film was made to be a change agent in our culture, to inspire both women and men to recognize women's collective voice, leadership capacity and equal rights," says Newsom.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective mes-sage that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman's value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality--and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made strides in leadership over the past few decades, the U.S. is 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures, women hold only 3 % of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have an eating disorder.
Miss Representation was selected from the Sundance line-up to be part of the OWN Documentary Film Club. "Through personal stories and provocative interviews, Jennifer crystallizes the relevance of the media and its portrayal of women in today's society," said Lisa Erspamer, Chief Creative Officer for OWN. In addition, ro*co films will distribute Miss Representation to educational institutions and libraries for classroom use and university screenings beginning in August 2011.
The distribution of the film Miss Representation will coincide with a social action campaign led by MissRepresentation.org.
The campaign seeks to empower women and girls to challenge limiting labels in order to fully realize their potential, and ultimately transform our culture for the betterment of all. A portion of the film proceeds will be donated to women's leadership initiatives led by partnership beneficiaries that include Girls for A Change, Girls Inc., The International Museum of Women, Step Up Women's Network, The Women's Media Center, and The White House Project. Together with these partners, MissRepresentation.org is organizing hundreds of thousands of individuals to participate in a series of small actions that will ultimately lead to a cross-generational revolution to eradicate gender stereotypes and create lasting cultural and sociological change that will benefit not only women, but the world at large. Join the campaign - visit www.missrepresentation.org.
About Girls' Club Entertainment
Girls' Club Entertainment was founded by Jennifer Siebel Newsom - actress, filmmaker, and former First Lady of San Francisco. It was formed as an umbrella entertainment company to develop and produce independent films with strong social, political, and cultural significance focused primarily on empowering women.
About The Friendship Club
The Friendship Club engages, educates and empowers girls at risk. Founded in 1995, The Friendship Club is a prevention program designed to reach at-risk girls before they engage in unhealthy behaviors. We teach the girls life skills, personal responsibility and the value of hard work through a year-around program of educational activities, emotional support and community involvement. The Friendship Club guides girls to bright futures and helps them to become valuable members of their community. The Friendship Club receives no public funding and is sup-ported by the generosity of the community and private grants.
About The Sierra Mentoring Partnership
SMP is the gateway to mentoring in Nevada County, dedicated to strategically expanding quality youth mentoring. For those who want to become a mentor, find a mentor, or improve their program, we act as mentoring consultants. To achieve our mission and fulfill our vision, we are committed to:
• Raising public awareness and community relations regarding the importance and impact of mentoring.
• Helping to create, expand and sustain high quality mentoring programs. As an umbrella agency for regional mentoring programs, we provide training, technical assistance, networking, advocacy, recruitment support and resources.
• Recruiting caring mentors to work with our youth and efficiently connect them to mentoring programs.
• Facilitating collaboration between mentoring agencies, local government, schools, the courts, faith-based organizations, and the community.
This event is sponsored by The Magic Lantern Film Society, producer of the Nevada City Film Festival and committed to bringing top independent cinema to the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
KNOW & GO
When: Monday, November 28th
Where: The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Time: Doors 530pm, Film 6-730pm, Guest Panel Discussion 730-830pm
Tickets: General Admission $10/ADV, $15/Door, 21 and Under $5, available at BriarPatch, Yabobo, BookSeller and online at http://missrepfriendshipclub.eventbrite.com/
More Info: Call The Friendship Club at (530) 265-4311