At last year's festival we talked a lot about
how to support each other as women in an unsupportive environment.
The image we came up with was of all these women building boats
in a dry creekbed. Some boats were small, little more than
rafts or canoes. Others were immense and magnificent, like
the Queen Mary. But all were going nowhere.
Occasionally a flash flood would lift the boats
and a few might even make it out to the open sea. But the
rest would find themselves once again low and dry in the muck.
So the challenge is not to help each other build our boats.
The challenge is how to put water into the creekbed.
The Broad Humor Film Festival is committed to
continued support for our women filmmakers and screenwriters.
This year we inaugurated an "instant films" invitational,
where past participants were invited to create shorts for the
festival following a quirky set of rules. This year's rules
1. In the film, a rule must be broken.
2. Something must be put into or taken out of
a purse or backpack that does not belong in a purse or backpack.
3. One of the winning words from the National
Spelling Bee from the last ten years must be used in the film.
In addition, we plan to show one feature film
a year by an alumna. This year's feature, since none have
been finished yet by alums from year one (though at least one
has started filming) is the feature film by festival director
Susan di Rende, Life on a Leash.
There can never
be enough said of the virtues, dangers, the power of a shared
~ Françoise Sagan