Over the holidays I received an email from filmmaker Louise Vance of the film Seneca Falls which was a part of the Real Girls, Reel Change workshop last October. The film is about the journey of 9 teenage girls who travel from San Francisco to Seneca Falls, the birth of the women’s rights movement, to perform a play they created which celebrates the women’s movement. I was excited to hear that Seneca Falls will be broadcasting in March on two Public Television stations: KRCB in Northern California, home of the cast and filmmakers, and WXXI in Rochester, NY, home of the women’s rights historic sites. It will also be available to PBS stations around the country, many of whom will broadcast it for Women’s History Month in March. Louise lists some ways you can help out:

1)  If you are an educator or active member or chapter head of an organization whose membership would be interested in seeing this film on public television, CALL your local PBS station and graciously inquire with program directors if they have heard about Seneca Falls. Ask if they plan to air it and when, and tell them you are interested in getting the word out to your organization to tune in, or organize viewing parties. If you can, offer to do some local publicity or PR – or set up a preview screening. What program directors want to know is that you can help deliver viewers to the program.

2)  CONTRIBUTE today. Believe me, we know money is extremely tight for everyone. But we need to raise $5500 to cover the out of pocket costs for this launch. Speaking from the heart now as an independent filmmaker, I simply do not have the resources to do this alone. Your tax-deductible donation of any amount will help.

For a donation of $100 or more, we’ll happily send you a DVD of the film. Or, you can buy a DVD for a young person in your life or their school. Dads…moms…aunties…uncles…friends! It’s a great bonding experience to watch Seneca Falls together.

3)  Email us to SET UP A SCREENING. Organizations can purchase a DVD with a viewing guide to hold fundraisers or screenings, to generate “buzz” before, during, or after the March launch.

4)  VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME. We truly need your energy, enthusiasm and time on the phone.  Do you have 4 hours you can devote to helping us spread the word?  Email us!

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