(This blog is written by Regina Ress, board member of Healing Voices-Personal Stories.)
Healing Voices-Personal Stories latest film, Jessica’s Story, was selected for the Golden Door International Film Festival held in Jersey City, NJ this past month. The focus of the film is patterns of domestic violence across the gender spectrum, and for this festival, the film was shown in the LGBT category. We are pleased to announce that Jessica’s Story won BEST film in that category.
Healing Voices founder and co-director of the film JoAnne Tucker, board member and associate director, Regina Ress, and Murray Tucker, Healing Voices supporter were delighted to be able to attend the festival. The Kick Off Party and Gala Opening and Closing were held at the gorgeous Loew’s Landmark Jersey, a 1929 movie palace that has been restored to its original gold and crystal grandeur and which now is a nonprofit arts and entertainment center. One of the festival’s main sponsor’s, the designer Tommy Hilfiger, hosted the opening, a well attended and lively party under the huge chandelier in the theatre’s main lobby. There was the requisite “red carpet” entry, lots of photo ops, and a joyous feeling of being part of the shared dream of making fine films. It was a great opportunity for networking and for learning what other independent film makers are working on.
A number of excellent films were viewed… particularly the two opening night: “Six Letter Word,” a 23 minute short, and a feature, “The Odd Way Home.” Both starred Rumor Willis and dealt with Autism. (Another of the festival’s main supporters was the organization Autism Speaks.) Another highlight was the feature “Tiger Lily Road” a sweet film directed by Michael Medeiros. Along with films to watch, there were several “Lunch and Learn” sessions where topics about the business of film making were discussed.
Jersey City is directly across the Hudson River from NYC and its film industry. The festival was presented in a dozen different venues around Jersey City-some theatres, some restaurants with screening space. The stated mission of the Golden Door Festival is in line with its title, taken from the poem by Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty, which sits close by in NY harbor: to present a wide variety of films and honor those involved with the creation of them. To help open the “golden door” of opportunity in the film industry. Healing Voices is so proud to have been a part of this wonderful film festival. Many thanks to the Golden Door International Film Festival for including us. And many thanks to all who helped created our award winning film, Jessica’s Story.
Regina Ress is a storyteller, actor, educator, author. Board Member Healing Voices-Personal Stories; adjunct faculty, New York University and Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Regina believes that “Storytelling connects us to each other and to the deepest parts of ourselves.” Visit her website and Facebook page.