Rebekah McKendry and Etheria Film Nights Form Scholarship For Women In Film

Woof. It’s been a rough 12 months y’all.

We have on-going investigations into the 2016 Elections, to the wave of sexual abuse and harassment allegations out of the entertainment industry (and politics, and basically everywhere), and I haven’t even GOTTEN to the Nazis yet! And, at times, yeah everything seems kind of hopeless. But we know as a society we’re stronger than that, and the rage that this trash fire of a year has ignited is causing a cultural shift that has made everyone, that wasn’t already, sit up straight and pay attention. To not sit idly by and accept a society that is built on a system of deeply ingrained oppression of a marginalized group, and actually begin working to uproot that system to live in a better, egalitarian world. But it takes a village, and time, but around the world it’s already happening. And this time, in our own backyard.

Dr. Rebekah McKendry (Shock Waves Podcast) and Etheria Film Nights’ Heidi Honeycutt and Stacy Pippi have created The Stephanie Rothman Fellowship, a fellow which “is meant to recognize and reward the creativity and passion of female film students with an innovative take on genre filmmaking.” Named after the first woman in history to direct a modern horror film and feminist icon in exploitation cinema, Rothman is most notable for The Student Nurses, The Velvet Vampire, and Terminal Island. She was also recently awarded the Inspiration Award from Etheria Film Night.

Male directors have held the microphone in exploitation cinema for far too long and we are more than excited to hear these female voices get amplified back. We have already missed out on too many films because powerful male voices silenced female creatives, and the fact that it is still going on today is sickening. Fellowships like this give us hope though, and is the type of news that remind us why we started this website to begin with. We express our gratitude.

The Fellowship is now accepting submissions HERE.


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