Stepping into its third year, the Women + Film Voices Festival is gearing up for another phenomenal run this March. As a precursor to the week of films written by, directed by, produced by and starring women, the Sie FilmCenter will host a special one-night only screening of The Invisible War this evening. Along with a live Skype interview with the film's producer, Amy Ziering, the fest will also be announcing the full line-up that will run from March 3 through 10.
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Women + Film Voices Festival director Tammy Brislin says that after The Invisible War's success at the Sundance Film Festival last year, she was fortunate enough to bring it to the FilmCenter for the 2012 festival. The documentary, which tells the stories of servicewomen who have survived sexual assault within the U.S. military, still resonates with the women-centered mission of the fest, so Brislin made sure it returned for tonight only.
"We thought it was important to bring it back as the kick-off event for the Women + Film Voices Film Festival 2013 to show the true power of film," says Brislin. "The film literally has given the victims in the film a voice. Over the last year since its premiere, The Invisible War has helped push forward action in Congress and substantive reform in the military itself."
Brislin says that since the film's release, federal action in relation to these sex crimes has accelerated, bringing to light the potential power of public reaction to screenings at festivals such as Women + Film Voices.
The Invisible War screens tonight at the Sie FilmCenter at 7 p.m. The live "pre-ception" Skype conversation with producer Amy Ziering and full Women + Film Voices festival line-up announcement begins at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the FilmCenter's website.
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