Join the MOTHERSHIP doc team!
https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/mothership-the-documentary#(they will send you a private link to enjoy the film for donations starting at $25) Campaign ends Friday, July 13, 2018, at 9AM, PST.
MOTHERSHIP Festival, now in its fourth year, creates a unique, immersive, diverse experience designed by women, exclusively for women and non binary attendees and featured guests. Not just a "music festival," the event holds panels, workshops, and a variety of speakers throughout the day, highlighting music by night.
The feature length documentary has been a passion project thus far, produced by the same team that brought CAMP BEAVERTON: MEET THE BEAVERS to LGBTQ audiences worldwide. The team now seeks help to fund the finishing costs of color, sound mixing, and music licenses. All of the music in the film was licensed by two different artists: activist and drummer Madame Gandhi, (formerly of M.I.A. and whose audience grew after she chose to "bleed freely," while running the London Marathon in 2015), contracted two of her songs including, The Future Is Female, which was inspired by the last presidential election. The song was also the tune for the documentary's first trailer. Five additional songs came from WASI, the Los Angeles based electro punk/rock band fronted by the same-sex married couple, Jessie Meehan and Merilou Salazar. Meehan has spoken publicly about her experience of being asked to use the men's bathroom, bringing attention to the ACLU.
Last October the team of five arrived at the festival in Coachella and interviewed women on their thoughts on feminism today, discussing the topics of intersectionality, the need for safe and brave spaces, periods, gender identity, sexuality, and more. The result is a nice time capsule of where we are today, giving our marginalized voices a lot more volume as well as celebrating feminism today, bringing absolute pride to identify as such. Director Beth Nelsen and editing super duo, Kristina and Victoria Rodriguez, have been busy finishing the film from their headquarters in Sacramento, California. While they do not yet know who will invite their film for its World Premiere, Nelsen is hoping to use her connections to various festivals where BEAVERS screened to help the team find their audience.
While the event is open to all women and not just LGBT women, it is hard to deny the power that transpires when LGBT women set out to create something amazing. Laura Wise, founder of MOTHERSHIP, tells us early on in the film that she identifies and lesbian and that she because she comes from such a strong tribe of women in Los Angeles she wanted to create this type of space for all women, not just lesbians. Although the intention is for ALL women, the LGBT presence is loud and proud within the film, mirroring society at present.; we are the ones who are the first to speak to equity, in all its facets. Additionally, these women's spaces are so important and they've been critiqued harshly over the years.
The film aims to highlight the exciting possibilities that happen when women come together and also to really celebrate the next generation of feminists. The documentary was shot at the 2017 edition of the festival, the year the MOTHERSHIP event joined forces with the Tegan and Sara Foundation, the LGBT focused organization who aims to provide safe spaces within the music festival scene. Tegan and Sara Quin both gave the doc team an interview and are featured voices within the film. There are several LGBT voices within the film including Madame Gandhi, Whitney Mixter, Madison Paige, and sex educator and author of Girl Sex 101, Allison Moon.