March 22 - 25, 2018 Los Angeles
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Four days of non-stop action! AND a 360 / VR Lounge! We are screening about 70 films, all dedicated to women in action.

April 20 – 23, 2017

Thurs. 4/20 – Ahrya Fine Arts Theater
8556 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Fri. 4/21 – Sun 4/23 – Laemmle Monica Film Center
1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Thurs. Apr. 20, 2:00pm

ART AND SOUL

BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE – FEATURE DOC

A group of traumatized former refugees in Sydney take on the risky challenge of creating and performing in a piece of theatre about their lives. Yordanos Haile-Michael, Aminata Conteh-Biger , Rosemary Kariuki, v Yarrie Bangurra , Ros Horin.

Thurs. Apr. 20, 3:35pm

JEWELS OF INDIA

DUTEE – SHORT DOC

Elite Indian athlete, Dutee challenged policies that govern gender testing in female athletes, opening doors for not only herself, but for the future of all women in sport. All ages. Katrina Karkazis; Dutee Chand; Santhi Soundarajan; Nagpuri Ramesh.

BURQA BOXERS – FEATURE DOC

Muslim girls in Kolkata challenge stereotypes, learning boxing with Razia Shabnam one of the first Indian women to become a boxing coach and an international referee. Alka Raghuram, Director; Razia Shabnam, Ajmira Khatoon; Taslima Khatoon; Parveen Sajda; Urmi Basu. All ages.

Thurs. Apr. 20, 5:45pm

ALL-STARS OF STUNTS

A one-hour panel discussion with some of the greatest stuntwomen in Hollywood! A panel unique to Artemis Film Festival, we put a spotlight on the unsung heroines of your favorite action films. Panelists this year will include 2017 honorees ANDY ARMSTRONG, JENNIFER CAPUTO, TAMMIE BAIRD, and LUCI ROMBERG; moderated by Sheena Metal.

Thurs. Apr. 20, 7:00pm

RED CARPET PHOTO OPS

Thurs. Apr. 20, 8:00pm

RED CARPET HONOREE CEREMONY

TICKET INCLUDES RED CARPET HONOREE AWARDS CEREMONY
AND 9:45 SCREENINGS.

2017 ARTEMIS KICK OFF PERFORMANCE

World-renown songwriter/musician MICHELLE MANGIONE will kick off this year’s festivities with an intimate set of music!

Red Carpet Honorees Ceremony in recognition of those that have made generous contributions to women in action films. Actor/Producer TOM CRUISE (Mission Impossible franchise, Edge of Tomorrow, Knight and Day), Actress NICHELLE NICHOLS (original Star Trek, Heroes, Renegades), Actress CYNTHIA ROTHROCK (China O’Brien, Lady Dragon, Mercenaries), Actress GINA CARANO (Deadpool, Fast & Furious 6, Haywire), Actress INGRID BOLSØ BERDAL (Westworld, Cold Prey, Hercules), Stunt Coordinator ANDY ARMSTRONG (Amazing Spider Man, Thor, Rambo), Stuntwoman JENNIFER CAPUTO (Amazing Spider Man, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, End of Days), Stuntwoman TAMMIE BAIRD (Sons of Anarchy, Taken 3, Iron Man), and Stuntwoman LUCI ROMBERG (Ghostbusters, Spy, Indenity Thief). Many are expected to attend.

Thurs. Apr. 20, 9:45pm

ROCKET – SHORT NARRATIVE

A woman teaches racing cars years after her father dies in a race.A 2017 Student Academy Award winner. Brenna Malloy, Director; Lizzie Clarke, Cameron Diskin, Danny Downey, Lexi Sullivan, Lacey Hannan. All ages.

QUARRIES – FEATURE NARRATIVE

A hiking expedition venturing out into the uncharted wilderness meets tragedy when a group of hunters selects them as prey. Nils Taylor, Director; Nicole Marie Johnson; Carrie Finklea; Leisha Haley; Nicole Duport; Joy McElveen; Rebecca McFadzien; Sara Mornell. Graphic violence; terror themes. Adults.

Fri. Apr. 21, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Open THE HA! 360 VR LOUNGE with us!

Join us as we celebrate the opening of The HA! with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. Hyperator Virtual Reality Innovation Labs and Artemis Motion Pictures brings you a state of the art VR lounge. We’ll cut the ribbon, toast, and have some fanfare!! 😀 Join us!

Fri. Apr. 21, 10:00am

TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY

QUEEN OF EVERYTHING YOU SEE – SHORT DOC

After eleven months of surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy for brain cancer, 14-year-old Holly James rediscovers and documents the joys of everyday life. All ages.

IN PLAIN SIGHT: STORIES OF HOPE & FREEDOM – FEATURE DOC

Six female abolitionists fight against sex trafficking in the United States. Narrated & Produced by 6 time Grammy Nominee Natalie Grant. Adult themes.

Fri. Apr. 21, 11:55am

SAND & SNOW

01:05:12 THE LONGEST RACE – SHORT DOC

The victories of hundreds of Kenyan and Ethiopian female athletes are transforming the socio-economic landscape in two traditionally macho countries, one stride at a time. Haile Gebrselassie; Derartu Tulu; Lornah Kiplagat; Feyse Tadese; Florence Kiplagat; Renato Canova. All ages.

FULL MOON – SHORT DOC

The past, present, and future of women’s snowboarding. Through interviews and resurrected classic footage. All ages. Some language.

Fri. Apr. 21, 1:45pm

BREAKING WAVES – FEATURE DOC

IT AIN’T PRETTY

The challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers fighting sexism in the water, in competition, in the media and in the surf industry. Some adult language.

Fri. Apr. 21, 3:15pm

DANCE OF POWER

DUENDE: THE RED SHOES – SHORT NARRATIVE

A pastor’s wife tries to revive her flamenco dance career. Tina Love, Director; Kayla Lyall; Isabel Serrano; Fanny Ara; Henry Brown; Jose Cortes. All ages.

COCO CABASA – FEATURE DOC

After being suppressed during her childhood, the fierce feminist Kaouthar Darmoni fled to Europe to be a free woman. Her disillusion about the ’emancipated’ Europe is the reason she began her mission to heal femininity through belly dancing. Adult themes.

Fri. Apr. 21, 4:50pm

UNSHAKEABLE WOMEN – SHORTS BLOCK

SIX SHORTS IN THIS SCREENING BLOCK

DEFENDANT 5 – SHORT DOC

When a young filmmaker documents the destruction of the ancient forests in Tasmania she is targeted by a giant logging corporation in a million dollar legal battle. All ages.

STRIPPED – SHORT NARRATIVE

In 1981, after having her British children abducted by the Australian government and placed in work camps as part of a “Keep Australia White” scheme, a determined mother becomes a stripper to survive, kidnaps her children back and sets up home in a tent. India Dupre, director, writer; Katheryn Winnick, Boyd Austin, Melissa Bickerton, Kimberly Cashner, Stella Bonstin and Alan Shearman. Adult themes.

FIVE AWAKE – SHORT DOC

Five Louisiana women — outraged over husbands shooting their wives — set out to strengthen domestic violence laws, including a controversial proposal to restrict the gun rights of domestic abusers. Susan Willis, Director/Producer; Donna Dees, Director/Producer; Chuck Willis & Jamie Connors, Editor; Walter Bianco, Original Music. Adult themes.

LUCY FALLS – SHORT NARRATIVE

An abused woman finally fights back. Danielle Burgio; Christopher Nelson; Anton Starkman; Jon Jacobs. Adult themes.

SHACKLES OF FURY – SHORT NARRATIVE

A woman fights for her identity as she struggles from domestic violence. Adult themes.

DIVINE SHADOW – NARRATIVE SHORT

A teen girl mysteriously develops super strength while protecting her sister and suddenly finds herself imperiled in a secret battle of good versus evil. Rachel Trotter; Rebecca Osman; Lisa Skvarla; JB Lunon; David Whitehead. Adult themes.

Fri. Apr. 21, 7:15pm

PUNCH LINES

FIVE SHORT NARRATIVES IN THIS SCREENING BLOCK

YOGA PANT BRAWL

A woman power walking through the park is made fun of by yoga bullies and stands up for herself. Peipei Yuan; Tamiko Brownlee; Natascha Hopkins; Michelle Gonzalez; Elisabeth Carpenter; Cassie Minick; Heather Bonomo; Thekla Hutyrova. Adult comedic action fight violence.

GIRL TRIP

Three girl friends head to the desert to celebrate the summer equinox where one strange occurrence quickly escalates into a comedic nightmare. Christine Adams; Danielle Burgio; Melody Perkins, Robert Merrill, Jeremy Sisto. Adult language; violence.

SCHOOLED

Slaying vampires? Easy! Being a single Mom? Now that’s a struggle. Dawn Alden, Payden Kershner, Talia K. Dillingham, Josh Fried. Vampire violence.

TIP YOUR WAITRESS

While working the graveyard shift, waiting on a table of rude and rowdy thugs who stiff her, one waitress will exact the revenge so many of us dream about. Fight action violence.

HARD WAY GIRL

Briony has to try everything, and sometimes that means learning things the hard way. That’s okay, because as her grandma says, Briony’s a hard way girl. Rebecca Gibson, Writer/Director, Producer; Annika Elyse Irving; Maxine Gibson Bruce; Paul Essiembre. All ages.

Fri. Apr. 21, 8:35pm

PERCHANCE TO DREAM: SHORTS BLOCK

SIX NARRATIVE SHORTS IN THIS SCREENING BLOCK

LA FOLIA

La Folia follows the pain, loss, joy and redemption of a young ballet student whose body type excludes her from being considered for a role for which she is eminently qualified in both skill and passion. Adam Grannick, Director; Tina Motoki; Tessa Stokes; Rosanne Rubino; Omayra Amaya; Kiyoko Kashiwagi. All ages.

TOYS

In 1930s farm country, a father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. He tries to toughen her up by giving her toys intended for boys. His efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort. Amanda Quaid, Director; Peggy Pope; John Leonard Thompson; Mischa Tedesco. All ages.

HOODS

Upon finding her beloved Grams dead, Scarlet Hood must unravel truths about her Grams torrid past in order to carry on her legacy. Maja Aro, Director; Eva Bourne; Aleks Paunovic; Ty Olsson; Gabrielle Rose. All ages.

IRON DREAM

In the darkest hours of the French revolution, deputy Maximilien de Robespierre has created a secret elite team of spies and assassins. David Fakrikian, writer & Director; Alexandre Brasseur; Yubai Zhang; Christophe Picot; Williams Charler; Jonathan Henry. Martial arts violence.

PINTU

Abused girls refuse the role of the victim and seek help from the women around them. Viktoria Szemeredy, Director; Shiraz Dejbakhsh; Paul Yeshi Eperjesi, Tunjung Crystal. Adult themes.

ORDINARY DAYS

Two young Japanese actresses struggle to survive in New York. All ages.

Fri. Apr. 21, 10:25pm

BLOODY DEEDS: SHORTS BLOCK

SIX NARRATIVE SHORTS IN THIS SCREENING BLOCK

IRIS

A highly trained federal agent is tasked with taking down a segment of the Russian Mob at a New York City bar – using her beauty, intelligence, and grace. Adult themes.

SKINNER

Two women search through an abandoned factory, looking for evidence that the monster which haunted their town for years has resurfaced. Rob Jacobsen, Writer/Director; Chris Walker, Cinematographer; Jen Znack; Brianna Johnston. Adult horror themes.

BOXER

A middle-aged contract killer must reconcile her life between her ruthless clients and her young, unquestioning son who wants to be just like her. Toy Lei, Perry Norman, Linda Wong, Sachiko Ishida, Lovel Johnson, Jr, Narayan Cabral. Graphic violence.

SLEEP TEMPLE

A young woman is used as a pawn in a conspiracy; until she turns the tides on the whole power structure, with a plan of her own. Bo Whittle, Writer/Director; Kat Summers; Paul Mastovich; Joseph Swanson; Ashley Alwine; J.D. Griffith. Violence, horror themes.

WAYSTATION

Trapped between heaven and hell, in a barren landscape, desperate to escape, desperate to survive, your one lifeline is The Waystation. Shea E. Butler, Director, Charlene Amoia, Michael Antosy, Marianne Muellerleile, Cheyenne Phillips. All ages.

SOLDIER BEE

A soldier returns home and has trouble recovering from her war memories. Alex Hardy, Director; Shauna MacDonald; George Newton. Adult themes; graphic sex; violence.

Sat. Apr. 22, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

THE HA! 360 / VR LOUNGE

Hyperator Virtual Reality Innovation Labs and Artemis Motion Pictures brings you a state of the art VR lounge exhibiting the latest top 360 films and limited “first come first serve” immersive Virtual Reality stories and games on the HTC Vive and Oculus. $15.00 for a three hour pass to the lounge; This ticket gives users three hours in the VR lounge to view as much VR and 360 content on Oculus Gear headsets as you’d like.

Sat. Apr. 22, 10:00am

QUEENS OF THE MOUNTAIN

BETWEEN – FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Spotlights the crème de la crème of female skiing including Olympic gold medalist and alpine ski racing queen Julia Mancuso and many more; it also follows three-time world surf champion Carissa Moore. Adult language.

Sat. Apr. 22, 11:55am

DEADLY SKILLS

THE DAWNING – NARRATIVE SHORT

The world’s number one superhero takes a day off, but she must team up with her super-powered partner to try and save the day. Kelly Quinn; Inge Uys; Rachel Retana; TL Westgate. All ages.

MISSION 92 – NARRATIVE FEATURE

A scientist, Sonia becomes a kick-ass avenger who fights her way back from Europe to North America to find the last piece of the missing puzzle of a global conspiracy. Guido Tölke, Director; Julia Dordel; Eric Breker; Anita Reimer; Denise M’Baye; Adrian Holmes. Adult themes, violence.

Sat. Apr. 22, 2:00pm

HERSTORY

SCREENING BLOCK OF FIVE SHORT DOCS

KICKASS KATIE LEE

Katie Lee, the 96 year old activist who opposed the Glen Canyon Dam and has forever been it’s immutable warrior and outspoken foe. Adult themes.

MARGARET LAMBERT STORY

A Jewish athlete is barred from competition during Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games, despite being the best high-jumper in Germany and arguably the world. All ages.

I SHOT EINSTEIN

A documentary interview about the life and work of veteran photojournalist Marilyn Stafford, who blazed the trail for modern female photographers. Marilyn Stafford; Dan Evans; Sebastian Whipple; Bosie Vincent; Merass Sadek; Jonathan Waller. All ages.

INEZ MILHOLLAND ~ FORWARD INTO LIGHT

A window into the Women’s Suffrage Movement through the sacrifice of an American Amazon who will inspire today’s woman as much as she did 100 years ago. All ages.

WE CAN DO IT: STORIES OF ROSIE THE RIVETER

In World War II millions of courageous women, most of them teenagers, joined the labor force and coined the term ‘Rosie the Riveter.’ They didn’t realize they were changing the world forever. Scott Bethe, director; Scott Bethel & Jody Valet, producers. All ages. All ages.

Sat. Apr. 22, 4:00pm

WARRIOR WOMEN PANEL

Femininity has never been about passivity. Women have been warriors since the dawn of time. Explore the history and current reality of warrior women with archaeologists, historians, female martial artists and mma fighters. Featuring Archaeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball, Historian Walter Penrose, Mythology Professor Kimberly Ball, Gender Studies Professor Kimberly Clair, Aikdo master Michele Benzamin-Miki, Jiu-Jitsu black belt Goddess Severa.

Sat. Apr. 22, 5:15 pm

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE

MOONSHOT – SHORT NARRATIVE

A world-weary homeless woman is given an opportunity to leave her violent life behind when a roguish mechanic devises a risky plan to send her to a colony on the Moon. Matthew Lucas, Director; Luvia Petersen; Benny Elledge; Jake Guinn. Adult language; violence.

GO AGAINST THE FLOW – FEATURE DOC

Top women tech entrepreneurs share their success stories and offer advice to the next generation on taking the plunge, running a business from scratch, and coping with failure. All ages.

Sat. Apr. 22, 7:00 pm

WOMEN IN V.R. PANEL DISCUSSION, SPONSORED BY HYPERATOR VR & HCT

VR is the future and the future is female.  Join us for a one-hour discussion of the recently leaps taken in 360 VR filmmaking and the pioneering role women play in it.  Sponsored by Hyperator VR and featuring some of the leading women in VR today.

Sat. Apr. 22, 8:15pm

PURE BADASS

EIGHT SHORT NARRATIVES IN THIS SCREENING BLOCK

HEY BLUE EYES

A woman who, suspecting her husband of having an affair, gets more than she bargained for when she investigates the truth. Daniel John Harris, Director; Erin Breen; Aubrey Marquez; Joshua Gibbons; Elise Zell. Adult themes.

OLGA

When Olga finds the man who killed her parents before her eyes, it’s time for him to get what’s coming to him. Fight action violence.

BLACKWELL SUMMERS MYSTERIES

A feisty duo fighting injustice and giving a voice to the defenseless using brute force, killer brains and unconventional beauty. All ages.

LYDIA’S LAST ONE

A hitwoman trying to retire in 1970s New York is tasked with one last job… Adult themes.

FIGHT ROOM

Female fighters are kidnapped and blackmailed into fighting in an underground tournament. Gillian MacGregor; Emily Corcoran; Zara Phythian. Adult themes; fight action violence.

INTERROGATION

When Frankie’s husband is detained at the airport for being a spy, she must decide whether to sacrifice her secrets to save him. Adult themes.

RELAPSE

Haunted by a past he thought he’d outrun, Dust is forced into his old ways to rescue his former partner from a vengeful madman. James Poirier, Director; Dre Swain; Gabriel Caste; Nick Apostolides; James Logan. Adult; war action violence.

STEALTH AND SILENCE

An assassin fights to get an ancient relic while a young girl may have powers. Louisa Phung, Producer/Director; Maja Aro, Stunt Coordinator; Jeff Aro, Fight Choreographer; Lennox Johnson Yu; Georgie Daburas; Aliyah O’Brien. Martial arts violence.

Sat. Apr. 22, 10:30pm

FEMININE COSMOS

COMET CHRONICLES – SHORT NARRATIVE

Private Detective Ashley Comet narrates this Sci-Fi Film Noir thriller, recounting the event on Planet ADAR 5 that lead her to become a P.I. Brittany Christine, Jenelle Kulaas, Brian Bridwell, Rachel Jackson, Wade Chitwood. All ages.

TELEIOS – FEATURE NARRATIVE

Five genetically engineered “perfect” humans are sent on a rescue mission to Titan, where only one man has survived a ruined expedition to retrieve a vital cargo. Sunny Mabrey; Michael Nouri; Lance Broadway; Christian Pitre; Weetus Cren; Ursula Mills. Adult themes; some violence.

Sun. Apr. 23, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

THE HA! 360 / VR LOUNGE

Hyperator Virtual Reality Innovation Labs and Artemis Motion Pictures brings you a state of the art VR lounge exhibiting the latest top 360 films and limited “first come first serve” immersive Virtual Reality stories and games on the HTC Vive and Oculus. $15.00 for a three hour pass to the lounge; This ticket gives users three hours in the VR lounge to view as much VR and 360 content on Oculus Gear headsets as you’d like.

Sun. Apr. 23, 10:00am

SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY

FIVE SHORT DOCS IN THIS SCREENING BLOCK

BLACK HMONG & A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE

Black Hmong women leave their traditional village to embark on a journey to the city of Hanoi. All ages.

CLIMBING THAILAND

Alex Johnson shows us Thailand’s culture and climbing, from South to North. All ages.

PURSUIT OF BEAUTY

Follows artist Lisa Martin for two weeks of her arduous adventure over mountains, and through valleys. All ages.

THE LINE: COURAGE TO GET THERE

Follows three powerful and graceful high performance female downhill mountain bikers shredding the trails. Casey Kohlhoff, Director; Inga Beck; Kat Sweet; McKenna Merten. .All ages.

SLAM

Three women join into a fierce fly-fishing competition. Adult language.

Sun. Apr. 23, 11:40am

WOMAN AND MACHINE

MONKEY AND HER DRIVER – SHORT DOC

Two fearless women who, with their stubborn motorcycle sidecar, demonstrate extraordinary determination and true grit. Ned Thanhouser, Director; Kendra McDonald; Betty Herlocker; Kevin Starr; Johnny Kilmore; Donn Sayer. Adult language.

RACING IN RED – FEATURE DOC

Follows Erica Enders-Stevens and Elite Motorsports, LLC and their inaugural season culminating in the first female NHRA Pro Stock World Champion and then back to back World Championships. Adult language.

Sun. Apr. 23, 2:00pm

SHE’S GOT GAME – FEATURE DOC

MIND | GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW

Often called “the female Michael Jordan,” WNBA all-star Chamique Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular professional career-until her long-suppressed battle with mental illness emerged to threaten her life. Rick Goldsmith, Director/Producer/Editor; Glenn Close, Narrator; Lauren Kawana, Associate Producer; Miriam Cutler, Composer; Sharon Wood and Rick Goldsmith, Co-writers. Adult themes; language.

30 MINUTE Q & A WITH THE L.A. SPARKS

Stay for a one-of-a-kind women’s basketball Q&A with the producer of MIND/Game and members of the WNBA world champion LA Sparks front office! Go deep into the Xs and Os of the triumphs and challenges of women’s basketball. This is a rare opportunity to speak with those in the know about what it’s like to be a contemporary professional woman athlete.

Sun. Apr. 23, 4:15pm

FAUNA & FEMME

SECOND CHANCE ON THE CAPROCK – SHORT DOC

Dove Creek Equine Rescue is dedicated to the rescue, assistance, and rehabilitation of horses. Adult themes.

MABEL, MABEL, TIGER TRAINER – FEATURE DOC

A story of the world’s first female tiger trainer who claimed her love for her tigers was so great she wanted to die in the ring. Leslie Zemeckis, writer, director, producer; Trudy Strong; Janet M. Davis; Patricia White; narrated by Melissa Leo. All ages.

Sun. Apr. 23, 6:20pm

FILM FINANCE PANEL DISCUSSION, SPONSORED BY BOND-IT & BUFFALO 8

The panel every independent filmmaker should attend. Successful film financiers and producers discuss the keys to financing and producing your independent film before you take that first step. Great information on the latest trends for funding your film. Panelists: Producer, Brent Emery, Producer, Matthew Helderman, Producer, Michael Roban, Attorney, Eric Harbert, and Film Finance and Analytics Consultant, Barbara Chiodo; moderated by Elizabeth Dell.

Sun. Apr. 23, 7:35pm

WOMAN POWER

CRAZY HAPPY – SHORT DOC

The resilience and the struggles within mental health, and the journey towards happiness and a sense of freedom. An experiment in creating happiness using the Happiness Project with a group of people with mental and physical health issues. Adult themes; some language.

EMPOWERMENT PROJECT – FEATURE DOC

Five female filmmakers set out across America to interview inspirational women from a variety of career fields. An amazing project which is getting national recognition. Sarah Moshman; Dana Michelle Cook; Alana Fickes; Ashley Hammen; Vanessa Crocini. All ages.

Sun. Apr. 23, 10:00pm

AWARDS CEREMONY – COMPETITION FILMMAKERS AND SCREENWRITERS

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival will recognize the best of the festival with awards for Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Short Director, Best Historical Documentary, Best Actress, Best Fight Action, Best Musical Short, Best Original Screenplay.

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