🎥 Reel Talk: Diving into the Cascadia International Women's Film Festival

Exploring Washington State

03-04-2024 • 1 hora 14 minutos

Welcome to another exciting episode of Exploring Washington State. This episode we're diving into the vibrant world of film and community with a special focus on the Cascadia International Women's Film Festival. We sit down with the festival's dynamic executive director Cheryl Crooks. Our conversation covers the festival's impact on the local arts scene, the power of in-person connections, women in film, and much, much more. The Return of Community and Collective Experiences With the world slowly emerging from the grip of the pandemic, Cheryl Crooks notes an uplifting trend in community engagement. She mentions the increase in festival attendance, particularly among the younger generation. The increase is reflecting of a growing desire for collective experiences and interactions. As we all emerge from isolation, there's a palpable need for real connections and social skills, and the Cascadia International Women's Film Festival aims to foster just that. Diving into the Festival Experience The festival, which will take place from April 25th to 28th 2024, with an online version running from May 2nd to 12th 2024. promises a delightful lineup of heartwarming and thought-provoking films. Cheryl highlights "Last Dance" from Switzerland and Belgium, as well as "Ama Gloria" from France, as two particularly noteworthy selections, each offering an element of hope and meaningful experiences. Embracing Change and Reflecting on the Past We delve into the festival's evolution following the challenges posed by the pandemic. Cheryl and her team faced adversity but quickly pivoted, moving the festival online and adjusting their plans to showcase films digitally. Despite technical challenges, they successfully presented an online festival, allowing them to reach a wider, more diverse audience, and consider the value of a hybrid approach for future events. Focus on the Pacific Northwest and Women in Film Cheryl shares the festival's commitment to highlighting exceptional films by women and featuring diverse representation in its lineup. This dedication extends to the festival's origins, with Cheryl and her colleague, Polly Miller, founding the festival as a way to showcase women-directed films and reflect the beauty of the Cascadia area in the festival's identity. Exploring Bellingham: A Cultural Gem We have a delightful exploration of Bellingham, a city brimming with cultural and recreational opportunities. Discussing the city's charm, from its vibrant downtown and recreational activities to its close proximity to the Canadian border. Described as a great small city with around 100,000 people, Bellingham offers a welcoming and diverse tapestry of experiences, making it a must-visit destination for a long weekend. Looking Ahead: Collaboration and Anticipation With the festival's West Coast and Pacific Northwest premieres of fascinating films on the horizon, the stage is set for another thrilling chapter in the festival's legacy. We hope you've enjoyed this recap of Exploring Washington State. Be sure to tune in for more fascinating insights, delightful debates, and inspiring stories of Washington's rich cultural tapestry. Remember to share the show with fellow enthusiasts and connect with Scott on Twitter to join the conversation. Until next time, happy exploring! Connect With The Cascadia Women's International Film Festival 🎬 Visit their website 🎥 Follow on Instagram 👓 Watch on Vimeo ✔ View festival trailers on YouTube Connect With Us 📬 Subscribe To The Newsletter 🐑 Follow Us On Facebook 📷 Check Us Out On Instagram 📽️ Join Us On YouTube 🐤 Connect on Twitter 🌲 Visit Our Website Help Us Out 🟢 Leave Us a Rating on Spotify 💜 Leave a Review on Apple Podcasts 🤝 Introduce Us to a Potential Guest

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