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 RISINGClick 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

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As an associate for FF2 Media, Julia writes reviews and features for films made by women. She is currently a senior at Barnard College studying Psychology. Outside of FF2, her interests include acting, creative writing, thrift shopping, crafting, and making and eating baked goods. Julia has been at FF2 for almost 4 years, and loves the company and its mission dearly.
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