Slog: How the True/False Festival Added Childcare to their Lineup

Paul Sturtz is Co-Conspirator (with David Wilson) of True/False, an “transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic” film festival and community in Columbia, Missouri. The festival is committed to nonfiction filmmaking and to environmental and social justice. In 2017, True/False partnered with Kickstarter to support childcare provision at the festival, and help create career sustainability for documentary-makers – this is how they are #RaisingFilms. … Continue reading “Slog: How the True/False Festival Added Childcare to their Lineup”

The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2017

With Alexandra Hidalgo (agnès films), Barbara Ann O’ Leary (Directed by Women), Mathilde Dratwa (Moms in Film) and Marian Evans (Wellywood Woman), the team at Raising Films co-authored and signed an open letter to the Cannes Film Festival about excluding children from the festival, titled Parents in the Palais. You can read our interview with … Continue reading “The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2017”

Interview: Georgette Turner

Can you tell us about working on WONDER WOMAN – you were location managing while pregnant with your second child, is that right? I was five months pregnant when I went on the film, and seven and a half months when I left. Because I’d done a big number before in Trafalgar Square – we … Continue reading “Interview: Georgette Turner”

Slog: Helen Grace of Left Films on (Not) Breastfeeding at Cannes

I went to the 2017 Cannes Film Festival to acquire some DTV films for UK release on my distribution label, and also to help find distributors for the slate of British and Irish films I had brought to the market for international sales. As a solo mum of two, where I go my children go, … Continue reading “Slog: Helen Grace of Left Films on (Not) Breastfeeding at Cannes”

Slog: Mathilde Dratwa and Christy Lamb on Providing Mobile Childcare for Festivals

The biggest takeaway from our experience providing free childcare in a mobile unit we named the Wee Wagon, at SXSW 2017, was this: it’s possible. That may seem unremarkable compared with the incredible response from parent-filmmakers, who called the Wee Wagon “an oasis for families,” “dope,” “a necessity” and “a game-changer for gender equality!” And while … Continue reading “Slog: Mathilde Dratwa and Christy Lamb on Providing Mobile Childcare for Festivals”

Hope Dickson Leach and Alice Lowe Do Festivals

Hope Dickson Leach: ALICE. Alice Lowe: Yes Hope. HDL: We met in person for the first time in Toronto. You’d just come from Venice and for me it was my world premiere. I had left my children at home and you had your baby with you. This being the first feature I had made, I … Continue reading “Hope Dickson Leach and Alice Lowe Do Festivals”

The Early Hour, 12 May 2017

Co-founder Hope Dickson Leach and Raising Films favourite Alice Lowe talk about festivalling while parent, “diva” behaviour, and why you need the school gates massive, for online parenting and lifestyle magazine The Early Hour. HDL: I’ve been massively fortunate that my distributors Peccadillo have worked around my own commitments to manage this release. They took on board the … Continue reading “The Early Hour, 12 May 2017”

Testimonial: Ashley Sabin

Ashley Sabin produces, directs, photographs and edits critically-acclaimed cinematic documentaries that have screened internationally in festivals and on television worldwide at Sundance, Toronto, Cinema du Reel, Rotterdam, Visions du Reel, RIDM, MoMA, and Viennale Film Festivals and on PBS, POV, BBC, CBC, DR, ARTE, and NHK. Her new film Do Donkeys Act? has its UK premiere … Continue reading “Testimonial: Ashley Sabin”

Kerri Burbidge on CTBF’s Helping Hand for a Two-Partners-in-Film Family

We took each day as it came during my unpaid maternity leave when I had my second baby. We are not entitled to anything, I thought, this is a result of our chosen careers, the careers we love. I work as a freelance TV drama production coordinator and my partner as a freelance film and … Continue reading “Kerri Burbidge on CTBF’s Helping Hand for a Two-Partners-in-Film Family”

Interview: Robin Swicord

Robin Swicord is the award-winning and Oscar-nominated screenwriter of a significant body of films that often put the family lives of women front and centre, including Little Women, Matilda (with her husband, Nick Kazan), The Perez Family, Practical Magic, and Memoirs of a Geisha, as well as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She also adapted and directed The Jane … Continue reading “Interview: Robin Swicord”