FILMFORWARD Washington Social Highlights

Filmmakers Julia Meltzer and Jerry Rothwell with FILM FORWARD in Washington.

Royale Ziegler, Social Media Manager

It’s been nearly a full week since leaving Los Angeles on my second trip as a field producer with #FILMFORWARD. Still, in some ways, it seems I’ve not yet left the classroom at Roosevelt High School in Seattle where the post-screening conversation led to a surprisingly well-informed discussion around the current situation in Syria. With an endless stream of tweets, breaking news headlines and even a Presidential address, suddenly it’s near impossible to ignore a place I’ve never been, thought much about, or connected with. That is, until seeing Julia Meltzer’s “The Light in Her Eyes.” Joining us and fellow filmmaker Julia, was “Town of Runners” director Jerry Rothwell, who I was so interested to meet in light of his recent accomplishment, being the first to receive the Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award.

Here are some highlights from the trip, which we hope you are inclined to share with your social communities while continuing the conversation.

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Alexis Chikaeze as Kai in 'Miss Juneteenth,' coming to digital platforms June 19

Channing Godfrey Peoples on a Bittersweet ‘Miss Juneteenth’ Release and the Urgency of Portraying Black Humanity on Screen

After premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Channing Godfrey Peoples’s debut feature is hitting digital platforms this Juneteenth—the day for which the film is named and which is very close to the director’s heart. “I feel like I’ve been living Miss Juneteenth my whole life,” she says.
The June 19 holiday—which commemorates the day slavery was finally abolished in Texas (more than two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was issued)—is celebrated in her hometown of Fort Worth with a deep sense of reverence and community, with barbecues, a parade, and a scholarship pageant for young Black women.

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