"True Blood" Actress/Director and Rising Women Auteurs at San Francisco International Women's Film Festival

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On April 13-15, the Women's Film Institute presents the 8th Annual San Francisco International Women's Film Festival (SFIWFF), a three-day celebration of films directed by women -- from new romantic comedies to social media criticism and an Obama family documentary.

Now in its 8th year, SFIWFF will showcase a plethora of exciting and diverse films directed, written and produced by women at the Roxie Theater, 3117-16th St. (at Valencia St.) in San Francisco.

This marks a banner year for the festival, with four women directors in attendance for Q&A sessions about their films, the triumphs and trials of making and often starring in their own films, and working within and outside of the Hollywood system:

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 8:00PM: CARRIE PRESTON (Arlene in HBO’s True Blood”) will answer questions about her second directorial feature, “That’s What She Said,” along with screenwriter Kellie Overbey (“The Good Wife”, “Law & Order: SVU”). A romantic comedy starring Anne Heche, “That’s What She Said” chronicles epic dates, Biblical rainfall and one weird stranger in a hilarious tale of love and friendship.
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 11:00 AM: BRUNCH WITH PAGE OSTROW: A Film Financing & Distribution Workshop. Hollywood veteran Ostrow gives an insider's perspective on the business side of film, based on her experience financing and negotiated distribution for over 250 feature films, including “Stolen Childhoods” with Meryl Streep, “Juvies” with Mark Wahlberg and “Drugging of Our Children,” with Michael Moore.
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 3:00 PM: TRUE BLOOD'S TANYA WRIGHT DIRECTS and acts in her new film “Butterfly Rising,” a tale of two women on a journey to find the mythical Butterfly Man.
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 7:30 PM: TIFFANY SHLAIN (one of Newsweek’s “Women Shaping the 21st Century” and the Webby Awards founder) will be presenting her documentary on the influence of hi-tech and our personal lives, “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology.”
  • SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 5:15 PM: WRITER/DIRECTOR/ACTRESS CHRISTINA BECK began her career as a teenager acting in such cult classics as "Suburbia", "Boys Next Door" and "Dudes" (directed by Penelope Spheeris). Beck’s film “Perfection” chronicles the inner torment and ultimate self-acceptance of a mother and daughter.

In 2012 SFIWFF will host thought-provoking, enlightening and entertaining feature-length and short films from all over North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, highlighting the accomplishments and triumphs of women of all ages, status and cultures. These fresh and engaging works are a distinct from Hollywood multiplex fare, and give a voice to rising artists from around the world.

For press inquiries, information on tickets, directions, related events and more, visit the festival website: http://www.sfiwff.com or call (415) 754-3456.

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