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Les Femmes Underground and Feby

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Earlier this summer I became aware of an awesome feminist film organization entitled Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival and was so excited and inspired by their mission and moxie that Feby is an official sponsor of the 2018 festival which takes place this Saturday September 1st in Phoenix, Arizona at the Phoenix Centre for the Arts.

This organization was founded just a few years ago in 2015 and this is their mission: 

Les Femme Underground Manfesto:

1. Equip , inform, influence, and mobilize women in underground media. 

2. Transform the landscape of cinema for women by creating opportunities and forums that accurately represent them.

3. Generate innovative programming which brings back the 'Riot Grrrl' mentality in the art world, thereby pushing and inspiring women to acquire more opportunities.

It may seem like an odd couple, a film festival and bracelet about the menstrual cycle,  but many of the films that are screened at this festival (along with other sponsors) have menstruation and the normalizing of it as a general theme. This makes a lot of sense when you think about  Fourth Wave Feminism (the current wave) and the voices of it that are growing ever louder and bolder concerning menstruation and the stigma and shame that has been surrounding this essential and natural biological fact of female existence since the beginning of time. Add to the #smashtheshame mentality the very real and wonderful fact that finally many governments and institutions are acknowledging that period products should not be considered luxuries but essential necessities for all women regardless of class, colour or religion and you've got a verifiable cultural shift, one Feby is thrilled to be a part of, however small. 

One of the movies screening at the festival is Entropia. (check out the trailer below). This is a film about " what a woman is willing to go through in order to gain her youth back. Scene after flesh crawling scene we experience our protagonist (played by the ever talented Sissy O’Hara) battling menopause using methods that are, to say the least, unorthodox. With the support of her taxidermied friends and a few brews of tampon tea, it finally works. Bring on the menstruation celebration!!" How bloody fitting eh? 

The festival director Edda Manrique even made a video showcasing our bracelets :) Thanks Edda!

www.lesfemmesinternational.org @lesfemmesundergroundfilmarts @lefuff_film


Unfortunately I will not be able to attend but if any of you lovely people are in the Phoenix area I encourage you to show up and enjoy as many of the fierce feminist films as you can which is a lot - according to their event page "Les Femmes Underground International film festival features films from over 30 different countries ranging in genres from Documentary, Experimental, Narrative, Horror, Female Sexuality, and our own concoction Psychotropic."

There also is what promises to be an empowering pop up shop with many female focused products and organizations including Go With the Flow AZ  and  Very Awesome Girls   and TheKittyCult

Check out specific information here

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Whatever 

you decide to do this long weekend, I wish you a healthy and happy Labour Day! 

Posted on August 30, 2018 .

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the Happiest Movie of the Year!

Found this fabulous GIF on Mashable and it just encapsulates the joy of this movie so well :)

Found this fabulous GIF on Mashable and it just encapsulates the joy of this movie so well :)

Delightful. Cheerful. Lively. Perky. Entertaining. Upbeat. Diverting. Amusing. Enjoyable. Happy. Fun. Joyful. Sunny. Peppy. Light. Playful. Sparkling. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is all these things. Sometimes we just want to drop all our troubles and stresses of everyday life and instead  laugh and smile and feel real joy in our hearts and bodies and this movie makes that happen. 

Yesterday I went to see a matinee showing in Toronto with my mom, my mother-in-law and my youngest daughter. Our age range was 19 to 82. We all completely loved this movie and we were in a great mood afterwards, giggling and singing like school girls all the way home.

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The acting is good. Let's be honest, nobody is going to be getting an Academy Award nomination for their role in this film, not even the oft-nominated Meryl Streep, but that certainly doesn't mean that the entire cast didn't rise to the occasion and make their part a wonderful and integral component of the joyous perfection that is this cinematic marvel.  The stand-outs for me were Lily James who was a pure delight as the young Donna, bringing a contagious grin and adventurous spirit to the part,  Julie Waters who can do deadpan comedy with the best of the best and Colin Firth for whom I would have paid the full admittance just to see him dance with such joyful abandon as intimated in the GIF above. Trust me, it's worth the $10 and two hours and then some ;)

This movie should win some sort of award for making the audience feel good.
— My mom

So, if you're in need of a good laugh and want to feel good (and really, who doesn't?) I urge you to take a chance on this movie. 

Let us know what you think if you do go see it.

Peace + Love + Abba forever!

 

Lady Bird the Best Movie of 2017

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The recently released movie 'Lady Bird' is a delightful coming-of-age movie that I can't recommend highly enough. I actually saw it during the Toronto International Film Festival at the end of the summer with my entire family; my husband, two grown daughters (19 & 24) and my 21-year-old son - and we all adored it, which is really saying something.  

It is a refreshing tale of a strong-willed, though slightly confused and sometimes misguided  young woman played with startling depth and compassion by Saoirse Ronan.

Question - isn't every teenager confused and misguided? Isn't that why coming-of-age tales are verdant terrain for literature and movies? For this reason, we can empathize and relate and generally wish for a positive outcome as we were all once in that difficult stage between childhood and adulthood.

Lady Bird* is the name that the main character has given herself for no explicable reason except her given name of Christine McPherson seems too normal and lame to embody her wild and willful persona. 

Greta Gerwig wrote the screenplay and this is her first foray into directing a feature film. Previously she has written and produced Mistress America and acted in Maggie's Plan and 20th Century Women among others. She should be immensely proud and consider this charming picture a total triumph. I'm not the only one who thinks so. The movie has scored 100% from RottenTomatoes critics and 91% from audience members. 

The setting is Sacramento, California circa 2002 and main plot points revolve around Lady Bird's relationships; with her friends and family but mostly with herself, as she struggles to complete her last year of high school and create a future for herself that excites her. 

Lady Bird and her mother (as played by Laurie Metcalfe) have a fractious relationship.

Lady Bird and her mother (as played by Laurie Metcalfe) have a fractious relationship.

The movie opened this past weekend in limited release and will roll out in more theatres  over the next little while. According to Jezebel, it broke box office records and that fills my heart with hope that maybe Hollywood is finally realizing that female centric movies, and those made by women, are not only good for the soul but also good for business as they appeal to so many of us eager for some portrayals of women as fully rounded and capable humans.

Here's an empowering quote from Ms. Gerwig in the current Bust magazine on whose cover she graces.

"I like writing about women in relation to other women -  mothers and daughters, friends, sisters, mentors, employees and employers, et cetera - because men don't know what women do when they aren't there. These are powerful, complicated, rich relationships that deserve their own place in the collection of stories we tell ourselves about what it means to be human ." 

We are not powerless and oftentimes our power lies in our wallet.  I encourage you to spend your precious time and money on this sweet movie experience. If you like movies and stories that are heavy on character and truth and humour, I can confidently say you will enjoy this little gem. 

*Have you ever given yourself a different name? If you have, what is it, and if you haven't but did, what would it be? Mine is groovymamma.