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Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

Day 2: March 25

10:00 AM: Short Films Block at THE LOT

Lucy In My Eyes

Having lost her father to suicide in college, Lucy has a dream on the eve of her wedding where she reconnects with herself at age six. Given a window to 'change' her history, she comes to some poignant realizations about herself and her past.

Written and Directed by Megan Park

Starring Madeline McGraw and Stephanie Rothenberg

Megan Park is a veteran actress having starred in dozens of feature films and appearing in several TV series, most notably six seasons as a series regular on the massive teen show, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" opposite Shailene Woodley.. "Lucy In My Eyes" was Megan's directorial debut and her first writing project.


The Things We Do They Don’t Understand

A short film about a girl who wakes up after a one-night stand, and finds herself alone in the man’s apartment -- with his mother. Who only speaks Spanish. The two women have an awkward and sometimes emotional breakfast together, while trying to find a way to communicate with each other, both verbally and emotionally.

Starring Kate Britton and Yvette Meredes

Written and directed by Ashley Michel Hoban

Ashley Michel Hoban began her career working in programing departments for several prestigious film festivals, including Tribeca Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival. She spent her free time making short experimental films in Chicago, Cleveland, and Europe. She eventually relocated to New York City, where she was accepted into the Graduate Department of Film and Television at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her Master’s degree in Film Writing and Directing.


The Vanished

This is a story about two men from very different cultures and the parallel struggles they endure. A chance meeting forms a common bond, and even though they can't speak the same language, they have more in common than they think.

Directed by Kate Rees Davies

Kate Rees Davies Actor/Director/Writer, Born in the UK, Kate moved to Sydney where she studied drama at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) before making the move to Los Angeles in 2009. Kate completed her training in directing at UCLA. Her short Film CELL/PHONE played at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the PSA she directed won a Telly and Independent Film Award.


Juliet Remembered

A short film about a former actress who has moved into a carehome after the death of her husband. She struggles to remember day-to-day things and can't even recognize her son, but can remember every word of her most famous role: Shakespeare’s Juliet.

Written and Directed by Tamzin Merchant

Starring Maggie Steed, Matthew Lewis, Rakhee Thakrar, and James Smith

Tamzin Merchant attended the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writer's Program in 2011, after graduating with a First from Cambridge University in English Literature and Education Studies. She started her career in film in 2005 as an actor playing Georgiana Darcy in Joe Wright's PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Since then, she has played Queen Katherine Howard in Showtime's THE TUDORS, Mary Rivers in Cary Fukanaga's JANE EYRE and currently stars in SALEM for new US TV network WGN.

Panels at Women’s Museum of California


1:00 PM: Immigration and Parenthood Panel Discussion with directors of The Things We Do They Don’t Understand and The Vanished


2:00 PM: Lucy in My Eyes Discussion with director and writer Megan Park and actress Madeleine McGraw


3:00 PM: Women Representation in Film Panel

Morgan Dameron, Writer and Director

Kate Rees Davies, Board Member of Association of Women Directors

Sue Vicory, 3 time Telly Award Filmmaker

Barbi Appelquist, Advisory Chair of Geena Davis Institute for Gender and Media


5:00 PM: VIP Reception at Women’s Museum of California


6:00 PM: I Am Jane Doe screening at THE LOT

I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice.  Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, and produced by Mazzio along with Academy Award-nominee, Alec Sokolow, the documentary reveals how, after rescuing their daughters, these mothers filed lawsuits against Backpage. Although many of the lawsuits have not gone well, their efforts have sparked a political movement that now includes a Senate investigation.

I Am Jane Doe is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.

“In “I Am Jane Doe,” filmmaker Mary Mazzio reveals the sordid world of underage sex trafficking, specifically as it pertains to young women who were forced into prostitution, their “services” made available on the online classified site Backpage.com…   I am observing the self-evident fact that film has exceptional — maybe even unique — power to shape and inform our norms, expectations and desires. That might be the chief reason it matters so much who makes them…” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post


“Chilling documentary reveals stories of child sex slave trafficking” – The New York Post


8:00 PM: Sex Trafficking Panel Discussion with the filmmakers of I Am Jane Doe