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Film Fatales, the largest global organization of established women feature film and television directors, is heading into SXSW with seven feature films in the lineup. Film Fatales will also host a panel discussion “Female Gaze: Alternative Fact or Actual Movement” with panelists Amy Adrion (Half the Picture), Nijla Mu’min (Jinn), Suzi Yoonessi (Unvlovable) moderated by Leena Pendharkar.

The organization will also continue its 5th anniversary celebration by hosting a Female Filmmaker Meetup during the festival. Says founder Leah Meyerhoff, “What began as a dinner party in New York five years ago has expanded into a community of hundreds of women directors who meet up monthly in a dozen cities around the world. Through a grassroots approach, we are shifting the gender ratio behind the camera and changing the landscape of storytelling.”

 

Amid growing calls for gender parity, equal pay and increased visibility for women in Hollywood, Film Fatales has become a vital network for women filmmakers seeking the support and resources needed to further their careers. “I’m so proud to be among this group of women who are defying the odds, telling their stories and supporting one another, day in and day out, with practical help and meaningful encouragement along the way,” says Amy Adrion, whose film Half The Picture will be screening in the Festival Favorites section of SXSW. “In making a film you have to have sustained commitment to something that only exists in your mind and heart, which can be difficult, especially given the naysaying of an industry that’s still unsure what to make of women’s voices. Film Fatales has been a place of renewal along that journey and I’m excited to be at SXSW with so many other women filmmakers doing their thing.”

Adds Suzi Yoonessi, whose feature film Unlovable will have its world premiere in the Narrative Spotlight section, “Productions are obstacle courses, and Film Fatales has provided me with a community of directors who are the YellowPages of resources and support.”

Feature Films directed by Film Fatales at SXSW 2018:

 ●      Half the Picture directed by Amy Adrion

●      Jinn directed by Nijla Mu’min

●      Number 37 directed by Nosipho Dumisa

●      On Her Shoulders directed by Alexandria Bombach

●      Pet Names directed by Carol Brandt

●      Unlovable directed by Suzi Yoonessi

●      Wild Nights with Emily directed by Madeleine Olnek

 

Film Fatales Events at SXSW 2018

Film Fatales Panel

Female Gaze: Alternate Fact or Actual Movement

Saturday March 10th 2pm-3pm

Austin Convention Center room 12AB

Panelists: Amy Adrion, Nijla Mu’min, Suzi Yoonessi, Leena Pendharkar
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Female Filmmaker Meet up

Sunday March 11th 3:30-4:30pm

JW Marriott room 210

110 E 2nd st, Austin TX

Open to festival badge holders

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Alex Dimitriades

It is with Texas-sized pleasure that Hedone Productions announces today that the World Premiere of Australian feature film The Infinite Man has been confirmed for the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in the US in March. The Infinite Man is the only Australian film selected to screen in the ‘Visions’ section of the festival, which presents audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in narrative filmmaking.

2014 marks the 20th year of SXSW Film, which has grown rapidly in recent years, with Variety observing that ‘the industry will look back at 2013 as a game-changer for SXSW’. Encompassing music and interactive technologies as well as film, the festival is uniquely positioned as a creative hub like no other, with the Sydney Morning Herald last week nominating SXSW as one of the ten festivals to change your life. SXSW Film takes place in Austin, Texas from 7 – 15 March.

The trailer has been released today and can be previewed online at: https://vimeo.com/83463530

The anticipated feature debut from director Hugh Sullivan, starring Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall and Alex Dimitriades, The Infinite Man is a time travel comedy-romance about Dean (Josh McConville), a man whose attempts to construct the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover Lana (Hannah Marshall) in an infinite loop.

 “We are thrilled to premiere The Infinite Man at the SXSW Film Festival, given its reputation as one of the best launching pads for indie films like ours. Recent SXSW premieres include Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers and Duncan Jones’ Source Code and we couldn’t be happier to be in that company”, said Kate Croser, Producer.

 The Infinite Man is the anticipated feature film debut of writer/director Hugh Sullivan whose short films have screened in official selection at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, Flickerfest and the Melbourne International Film Festival. As a winner of the Spirit of Youth Award – Moving Pictures in 2006, Hugh received a one-year mentorship with director Phillip Noyce.

 The Infinite Man stars acclaimed actor Josh McConville (Underbelly, Wild Boys, Redfern Now) in his first feature film lead role as the gifted scientist and control freak Dean. Widely regarded for his work on the stage, Josh was crowned Best Actor at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2013 for his role in Griffin Theatre’s The Boys. Josh’s feature film debut came in 2013 in David Wenham’s directorial debut Commission from the celebrated anthology film The Turning, in which he starred starring alongside Hugo Weaving.

Hannah Marshall, who stars as Dean’s girlfriend Lana, is best known for her role as Loretta Schembri in Packed to the Rafters, one of the highest rating shows on Australian television, for which received a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent (2011). AACTA award winner Alex Dimitriades (The Slap, Head On) stars as Lana’s ex-boyfriend, the disgraced 1980s Olympian, Terry.

 The film is produced by Hedone Productions’ Kate Croser (Danger 5, 100 Bloody Acres) and Sandy Cameron. Croser also produced My Tehran For Sale, which was filmed in Tehran and went on to screen in Official Selection at Toronto, Vancouver, Busan and Rotterdam International Film Festivals and won the IF Independent Spirit Award (2009). Cameron Rogers and Jonathan Page (Mary and Max, The Babadook) are Executive Producers.

 The Infinite Man was produced by Hedone Productions in association with Bonsai Films, with investment from the South Australia Film Corporation (SAFC) through their FilmLab funding initiative, and development assistance from Screen Australia.

 FilmLab is a $4.2million development initiative of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), funded by the South Australian government. Designed to develop filmmakers who have a track record in short form to take the next step into long form film production, the initiative was also built to find unique new voices in Australian cinema.

The Infinite Man will be released in Australian cinemas in 2014 by Infinite Releasing with international sales handled by Shoreline Entertainment.