This year, I celebrated my first International SWAN Day as a resident of Brooklyn with NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & Television). Turns out NYWIFT has been celebrating International SWAN Day every year–from the beginning–but of course I didn’t know that because I was–d’uh–celebrating with folks in Chicago!
Anyway, huge thanks to Terry Lawler & the wonderful NYWIFT team! Thanks also to Jess Perry (my new FF2 intern from Columbia University) for helping me pass out buttons before the film & for taking pictures afterwards at the reception.
We saw the inspiring new documentary GIRL RISING. Click HERE to learn how you can arrange a GIRL RISING screening somewhere close to you too.
As the co-creator of International SWAN Day (along with Martha Richards of WomenArts), I was asked to say “a few words” at the beginning of the program (before the sponsors were introduced), so here is what I said:
When you are someone who has spent most of her adult life organizing “things,” it is an amazing feeling to walk into a room and find other people celebrating something that you started way back when, with absolutely no “help” whatsoever from you.
So today, being here with all of you, I really do feel like I have died & gone to heaven!
But I promise to recover so I can help in any way needed by this time next year.
Meanwhile if you want to know more about the whys & wherefores of International SWAN Day, I will be happy to answer all your questions at the reception.
Now, on with the show 🙂
© Jan Lisa Huttner (4/4/13) FF2 Media