Zoë Bell • STUNT ICON
Yancy Butler • ACTION POWERHOUSE
Jessie Graff • STUNT NEXT WAVE
Dayna Grant • STUNT WARRIOR
Heidi Moneymaker • STUNT UNSUNG HEROINE
The single most important issue of the 21st Century is global gender inequality. Women's right are human rights and violation of those rights is a human rights tragedy of international proportions. India's Daughter, directed by Leslee Udwin, is one of the most powerful documentaries ever to tackle the subject of the abuse of women and the cultural acceptance and silence on the issue. Focused on the gang rape and murder of a young Indian woman, India's Daughter explores India's patriarchical values and how their unchallenged bias has lead to a widespread epidemic of sexual violence in the Indian subcontinent. Female empowerment through physical action is the credo of the Artemis Film Festival. Sometimes that physical action can be as much in the activist steps we take to fight injustice as it can be in the punches we throw. India's Daughter is a gut-punch to those who wish to ignore the rights of women to their bodies, minds and souls.
Synopsis: INDIA's DAUGHTER is the story of the short life, and brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi in December 2012 of an exceptional and inspiring young woman, Jyoti Singh. The rape of the 23-year-old medical student by 6 men on a moving bus, and her death, sparked unprecedented protests and riots throughout India and led to the first glimmers of a change of mindset. Interwoven into the story line are the lives, values, and mindsets of the rapists whom the filmmakers have had exclusive and unprecedented access to interview before they hang. The film examines the society and values which spawn such violent acts, and makes an optimistic and impassioned plea for change.
world premiere screening | action | 7 April 2016
Directed by Rob Hawk, the film features some of the most popular female athletes in the world, including UFC champion Holly Holm and top contenders Miesha Tate and Cris “Cyborg” Justino, FIGHT VALLEY is an action-packed film focused on the world of female underground fighters. Great athletes, great fights and a woman seeking justiceľ great ingredients for a “women-in-action” film and a great dishe to be served up a this year's festival!
Synopsis: When her sister is found dead, Windsor moves to the small town known as "Fight Valley" to investigate. Learning that her death came about as a result of underground fighting, Windsor sets off on a journey for answers into that dark and brutal world. The catch? She'll have to fight her way in. And out.
world premiere screening | short action comedy
Synopsis: When Michelle and Jackie begrudgingly agree to accompany their friend to a thrilling haunted house attraction in downtown L.A., they grow concerned when they are required to sign a waiver that invites the performers to touch but prevents them from touching back. Once inside, they discover the performers are far more invasive than they should be, and once they cross the line, these ass kickers remind them how ladies should be treated!
U.S. premier screening | drama thriller
An international action-thriller with Angela Dixon as the kick-ass female lead, NEVER LET GO is tautly written and expertly directed by Howard J. Ford. This exciting UK picture has been nominated for a (British) National Film Award for Best Indepedent Feature. Last year's fest began a tradition of fabulous female action films from the UK and NEVER LET GO continues that tradition. With exotic locales, great fight scenes and a powerful story, this is a must-watch at this year's fest.
Synopsis: A single mother desperately searches for her missing child in a beautiful, but unfamiliar land, following an apparent abduction. Trusting no one, and stopping at nothing, as she weaves her way through the murky backstreets and barren landscapes, now implicated in the murder of a seemingly innocent man, her connections back in the U.S. begin to reveal that there is much more at stake than first meets the eye.
suCCESSFUL MICRO-BUDGET HORROR sci-fi thriller | 14 August 2014
"The most claustrophobic movie ever made"
While mainstream Hollywood and film studios continue to ignore the power and market clout of women as action heroes, there is a whole movement of female action filmmaking cropping up right under their noses. Writer/Director Oklahoma Ward is a perfect example of that independent female action filmmaking at it's best. With a charismatic kick-ass female lead (Nicole Alonso) who battles her way out of every jam, CRAWL OR DIE has developed a huge international following. More proof that female action films are popular, profitable, and powerful!
Synopsis: An elite security team assigned the task of protecting the last known woman who can become pregnant, find themselves caught in an endless claustrophobic underground tunnel system. The team soon learns—the real horror is not the unstoppable force chasing them, but the ever-growing-smaller tunnel itself.