We just wrapped up  Day 1 of the Real Girls, Reel Change, a collaborative workshop between Working Films, The Fledgling Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures.

The first day has been high energy and really productive. Each filmmaker was asked  to share what impact they want their film to have. There were some great ideas that came from the discussion and we were able to narrow down some broad concepts to concrete and realistic goals. From there, we explored the targeted audiences of each film and different ways to plug the films into those groups. The atmosphere throughout these discussions was very collaborative and supportive. Everyone had really helpful suggestions for one another, and there was excitement about the possibility of combining all of the films into a girl’s film festival.

Staff from the The Lower Eastside Girl’s Club joined us for the day and gave us an overview of the amazing work with media that they incorporate into all of their programs and projects. To see a sample of their amazing work see their podcasts, videos and blogs. They are a great example of an organization that works with girls and uses media in fun and engaging ways.

Chicken & Egg Pictures has also posted a great summary of day one along with a short video of Dawn Valadez, filmmaker of Going on 13. We will be posting more photos and updates on our Facebook page and tweeting live over the next two days, so be sure to add us if you haven’t already.

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