“Women have been historically underrepresented in the film industry, both in front and behind the camera,” Catherine Delaloye, founder and executive director of Female Voices Rock (FVR), says, “and I wanted to create a festival that would help address that imbalance.”
Female Voices Rock: A Film Festival Amplifying Women Filmmakers
Since the rise of Hollywood films in the early 1900s, white men have run the film industry. Even still, in 2023, we see that a majority of directors, cinematographers, and other key roles behind the camera are taken by men.
Women’s voices and perspectives deserve to be displayed on the silver screen. So filmmaker Delaloye decided in 2019, to start an organization that would push female-creatives to the forefront of the film industry in New York City.
“I was extremely frustrated at the lack of opportunities for female filmmakers, so I decided to create them myself,” she says. “I put together an extraordinary team who helped me bring my vision to life and has been the festival's backbone.”
This year’s annual Female Voices Rock film festival will be held the first weekend of May, from Friday the 5th through Sunday the 7th at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, NYC.
Honeysuckle welcomes you to take part in this exciting opportunity to experience quality and endearing work from female filmmakers from all walks of life.
Notable Films to check out at this year’s Female Voices Rock:
Written and Directed By: Erica Eng
Featured Cast: Terry Hu (Never Have I Ever), Shannon Dang (Kung Fu, The L Word: Generation Q), Sharar Ali-Speaks (Missing, Insecure, The L Word: Generation Q), Amber Gaston, Helen Ong, Charles Yan, Mark A. Neely
Synopsis: Growing up in Oakland’s hip-hop culture, Eng struggles with her Chinese American identity. To her high school basketball team, she’s just that girl who sits on the bench; but to the Asian kids she’s "Americanized." As her sophomore year of high school comes to an end, Eng tries to find a sense of belonging within the two worlds that don't accept her.
Directed By: Abbey George
Featured Cast: Sammie Williams (Dear Evan Hansen - Broadway), Maddie Lucas, Tommy Schrider
Synopsis: Veronica and Annie are fed up with the oppressive and corrupt nature of their Catholic high school, determined to make authoritarian teachers answer for their crimes and right the moral compass of the student body.
*Recipient of the Spike Lee Production Fund
Written and Directed By: Kayla Arend
Executive Produced By: Spike Lee
Featured Cast: Angela Wong Carbone, Sean Ricciardi
Synopsis: What starts as a romantic trip in the wilderness, turns ugly as Tessa fights for her life in the winter of Yellowstone National Park. Tessa is excited to visit Yellowstone National Park with her new boyfriend, Mark. However, when they arrive, Mark changes, aggression and cruelty building as Tessa starts finding disturbing artifacts around his cabin. What begins as an idyllic winter weekend slowly becomes a nightmare as Tessa realizes she's alone in the woods with a man she really doesn't know at all.
Written and Directed By: Eileen Álvarez
Featured Cast: Annie Gonzalez (Flamin’ Hot), Julianna Robinson
Synopsis: A weary mother-to-be attends an all-inclusive glamping retreat in the mountains, only to have her greatest fears about motherhood realized.
Full Female Voices Rock Film Festival Lineup:
Americanized - directed by Erica Eng
Anniversary - directed by Lain Kienzle
Bienvenidos a Los Angeles - directed by Lisa Cole
Birth Rights - directed by Maria Rosales
Call Button - directed by Rhona Rees
Choices - directed by Kameishia D Wooten
Counting - directed by Sarah Young
Daddy - directed by Jo Steinhart
Firecracker - directed by Caroline Guo
Five Star Review - directed by Vivien Vitolo
Girls Night In - directed Alison Roberto
Her and I - directed by Stephanie Marin
Hummingbird - directed by Lindsey E. Gary
I’m Sorry, I Tried, I Love You - directed by Goldie Jones
In Sickness & In Health - directed by Sarah Smick
Incurable - directed by Bahare Nikjoo
Jesus Would Have Loved Punk Rock - directed by Abbey George
Leaving Yellowstone - directed by Kayla Arend
Mama Retreat - directed by Eileen Álarez
Mary Meet Grace - directed by Faryl Amadeus
Matka/Polka (Mother/Pole) – directed by Joanna Suchomska
No Man’s Land – directed by Kristen Buckels
Punch Line – directed by Becky Cheatle
Resurrection – directed by Luiza Budejko
Ro & the Stardust – directed by Eunice Levis
SAM – directed by Ryan Thielen, Jen Stafford
The Blue Drum – directed by Angelita Mendoza
Tooth – directed by Jillian Corsie
Unattached – directed by Fanny Texier
Wannabe – directed by Josie Andrews
Who? How? and Where? – directed by Victoria Garza
Behind the scenes of Female Voices Rock: A Q&A with the Founder and Executive Director, Catherine Delaloye
HONEYSUCKLE MAGAZINE: What do you think about intersectional diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the film space today?
CATHERINE DELALOYE: Intersectional DEI within the film industry is an important and ongoing issue. The film industry has historically been dominated by white male perspectives, and it is crucial to make efforts to include and uplift underrepresented voices and perspectives.
There have been some efforts made in recent years to increase intersectional diversity, equity, and inclusion within the film industry, such as the creation of more roles for women and people of color, as well as the recognition of films that explore underrepresented perspectives at major film festivals and award shows.
However, there is still much work to be done, as many underrepresented communities continue to face systemic barriers and discrimination within the film industry. It is important for those in positions of power within the film industry to actively prioritize and invest in intersectional diversity, equity, and inclusion, both behind the camera and in front of it.
How does FVR practice intersectional feminism?
One way that FVR practices intersectional feminism is by creating opportunities for diverse voices to be heard. The organization actively seeks out and promotes the work of female creatives from a variety of backgrounds, including those who identify as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+. By amplifying a range of perspectives, FVR is able to elevate the voices of those who have historically been marginalized and underrepresented in the arts.
Through its programming and events, FVR seeks to create a space where diverse perspectives are celebrated and where important conversations can take place. FVR is committed to practicing intersectional feminism by centering and amplifying the voices of female creatives from a variety of backgrounds.
What do you want attendees of this year’s film festival to get out of the event?
I hope attendees feel inspired, empowered, and enlightened. I hope they feel like they have gained new insights into women's experiences and have a better understanding of the issues and challenges that women face. I want people to feel a sense of connection with the community of women who have come together to celebrate and showcase women’s stories and perspectives.
I hope our attendees leave the festival with new meaningful connections and friendships of like-minded people who share our passion of promoting gender equality and women’s voices in film. Hopefully, this will lead to our attendees supporting more events like ours and help create more opportunities for women's stories to be told.
What woman film director or writer inspires you the most?
Honestly, our FVR filmmakers inspire me the most. They bring a unique perspective to storytelling and challenge traditional narratives and stereotypes. I can't wait to see them directing big Hollywood blockbusters!
Delaloye closes our conversation saying, “Women are the future.” I couldn't agree more. To take part in this exciting future for film, get your tickets now. We hope to see you this weekend!
Female Voices Rock takes place May 5-7, 2023 at the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. For more information on the films and accompanying events, visit femalevoicesrock.com. Get your tickets now!