What makes Austin one of the best film towns in the country is the true
film community we have. Since its founding in 1996, Reel Women has been
doing its best to increase that feeling of community.
Reel Women stills offers those meetings and workshops, but now gives women in the Austin film community other opportunities to grow together. The group now hosts screenings and film festivals and engages in outreach and youth education. Also, each year, Reel Women sponsors its own short film produced by an all-female crew. However, despite its primary focus on women, men have become increasingly involved in Reel Women.
"I used to say that when I first started with Reel Women that it took a really brave man to walk into a meeting called Reel Women and find a whole group of women sitting there, and then I just figured they were just looking for dates," says Mills. "But once they found out about the great speakers that we have and the workshops we do, the word just got out, and more and more guys come, and now much of our activities are easily 30 to 50 percent male attendants -- that’s meetings, workshops and mixers. So, we don’t consider ourself exclusive to women, but were always going to put the womens needs first."
Reel Women's events help to bring Austin's filmmakers, both male and female, together as a community.
"Reel Women, first of all, is a great place to have a sense of community for people like you – whatever your interests are from being the arts, acting, filmmaking," says Elise Ballard, a member of the Reel Women board. "I think that Reel Women absolutely has a really dynamic group of people of like interests so it immediately gives you a sense of community."
Produced by Domenique Bellavia.
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