Most of mainstream media continues to fail our girls, severely limiting their hopes and aspirations. The Reel Camps for Girls in Honolulu are intensive filmmaking and media literacy programs where girls learn about the skills and tools of filmmaking, unleash their creativity, build confidence, and initiate a long-term individual transformational journey from passive recipients of content that others create, to active creators and makers of their own stories.
In 2016, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. This data provides insights on media's portrayal of women and girls in severely limited roles in society. In Film and Television female characters are still sidelined, stereotyped and sexualized.
Our proposed camps provide girls and young women with the tools to redress gender inequity behind-the-scene and pave the way to alternative ways of being and doing in film, as in everyday life. By increasing the number of girls behind the camera, girls take control of the media production process and level-as well as widen-the playing field and create stories that reflect their unique experiences.
We will offer (5) Reel Camps for Girls, intensive filmmaking programs and activities, hosted during main DOE school breaks, serving about 60 (duplicated) program participants, 10 new short films produced, 4 public screenings, several civic engagement opportunities, and facilitated conversations around the issues addressed in the media produced, with over 100 screenings' attendees across 'Oahu.