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Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact

by p.h. balanced films
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact

Dear supporter of women storytellers and advocates,

In February, we told you that we have two exciting pieces of news in the works - one was a "rough cut" and one a "fine cut." I'm delighted to now share the first that is ready for prime time:

p.h. balanced films is going to Kenya!

In late July, our Content Developer, Alexis Matsui, and I will attend the African Women in Media conference in Nairobi where we will facilitate workshops and join panel discussions on matters of film, advocacy, and storytelling. 

Now in its third year, we look forward to being part of what promises to be an exciting and impactful gathering of experts from around the world.

In the coming weeks, expect to see more about the AWiM conference on our social media feeds, including updates live from the gathering July 25-27.

As always, we are deeply grateful for your support - and we'd like to add a special note of thanks to the p.h. balanced films supporter who let us know about AWiM last year.

Without you, our work would not be possible.

With gratitude, 



(If you received this message twice, it's because you were part of the Director's Circle who provided initial funding for Reel Women Real Change. We are working to combine these projects for future updates and appreciate both your support and your forgiveness for the extra email!)

This sits above the stove I use to boil water.
This sits above the stove I use to boil water.

Dear supporter of women storytellers and advocates,

We at p.h. balanced films have not one but two incredibly exciting updates about our plans for 2019! We've been busy behind-the-scenes with a lot of conversation and coordination, a dash of international travel, and a generous helping of proposal writing. 

We want to keep you in the loop on a regular basis, but as this quarterly deadline arrived, one of our ideas is still in its fine cut phase while the other is a solid rough cut. Just like you can't rush Sauternes custard (or so I'm told - see image attached), we don't want to rush in sharing until we have all of the important details worked out.

So stay tuned... next quarter, we'll have not one but two updates to share!

Thank you for your support. Without your help, neither of these projects underway would be possible.  

Thanks, too, for your patience - both with the wait for the news and with me for shamelessly mixing cooking and filming metaphors.

With gratitude, 


(If you are receiving this message twice, it's because you a superstar who provided initial funding for Reel Women Real Change. We appreciate you - and the fact that no one needs twice as much inbox traffic. We're working to combine the projects for future updates.)

Dear supporter of Reel Women Real Change

You are no doubt receiving numerous Giving Tuesday requests right now. There are countless important causes around the world and hundreds of thousdands of organizations - and people - with critical needs.

This message is to ask you to give to them - not to us.

Yes, you read that correctly:  

We are not asking for donations for the remainder of this year. 

You may recall that our Reel Women Real Change program was selected to be GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for September, meaning we received the share of funds donated by Project of the Month donors in that month. 

That honor provided us enough support to meet our current financial needs for 2019 programming. 

Which is why all of us at p.h. balanced films want to say:

We are deeply grateful to you for making our impact possible.


In your 2018 charitable giving, please support other worthy causes.

Planning for our 2019 programs - both in the US and abroad - is underway. We look forward to sharing exciting news with you soon - including in our next GlobalGiving update.

For now, we wish a joyful and safe holiday season to you, your family, and your community - both around your town and around this amazing planet we all share.

With gratitude,
Piper Hendricks
Founder of p.h. balanced films


(If you receive our newsletter, you already heard that we aren't asking for more donations in 2018 - but I'm delighted to share that we've made more progress on 2019 plans even since I wrote to you last week!)

Dear friend,

As someone who shares our belief that Stories Power Change and Stories Change Power, we have two exciting things to tell you:

First, you may remember hearing about Sajana, one of the Reel Women Real Change graduates featured in our video and whose project focused on women subjected to acid attacks. Less than one week ago, Sajana's photography was featured in an NPR piece about how a survivor of such an attack helped to change Nepal's criminal code. We are inspired by this important example of smart advocacy and applaud Sajana for her contribution. 

Second, this project - the one that YOU believed in - has been chosen to be GlobalGiving's September Project of the Month! We are overjoyed to have been selected from the thousands of wonderful projects on the platform for this honor.

Being the Project of the Month means that people from around the world will learn about what we're doing - and support the next RWRC workshop. 

Thank you for getting us this far. 

If we've done something or shared an update in the past several months that inspired you and made you glad to be a part of growing this program, would you please let us know? We'd love to hear from you - and we look forward to sharing more as September unfolds!

With gratitude,

Piper & the team at p.h. balanced films 

With your help, nearly two dozen women attended our inaugural Reel Women Real Change program in Nepal last October. 

We are delighted to share one of many concrete examples of a program graduate putting her knowledge to work in the months since then:

Several weeks ago, through our global network of filmmakers, we were connected to a film crew in Nepal focusing on the rise of domestic violence in a rural community.

This crew was facing a challenge.

Unfortunately, it's a challenge that is all too common - but not everyone recognizes it.

The challenge was not one of camera or audio equipment. It was not one of financing. The challenge was not one of travel logistics, nor of losing files or footage. 

The challenge? The crew consisted of men. Only.

The complete lack of a woman's perspective on the team is particularly problematic when taking on the topic of increasing violence against women.

Connecting with us, they appreciated that everything about the production would benefit by having women involved. (More than just being on the subject side of the camera, that is.)

One of our graduates was brought in specifically because of the training she received though Reel Women Real Change. The head of their team recently reached out to us to let us know her contribution was "very valuable" and, with her input, the team has incorporated more women into the production, including a woman assistant director.

We were honored to work with this team in Nepal - and appreciate their embracing the importance of diversity of perspectives in the telling of important stories.

We proud of our Reel Women Real Change graduate for being part of the project and bringing her knowledge and perspective to such an important cause. 

And we are grateful to you for making Reel Women Real Change possible.

Thank you.


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p.h. balanced films

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @phbalancedfilms
Project Leader:
Piper Hendricks
Washington, DC United States
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