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Tuesday, April 8, 5:30pm:
Short Screenplay Contest Staged Reading

Join KCWIFT and producer Sharon Liese for happy hour at the Alamo Drafthouse at 5:30pm, followed by a screening of Liese's short film "Selfie," which challenges mothers and daughters to redefine beauty standards.

And stick around after the screening to watch as some of Kansas City's best actors take our short screenplay contest finalists' scripts from page to stage! One lucky writer will take home our Audience Choice prize and our Grand Prizewinner will receive $1,000 to take her script from page to screen! Invite your friends and cast your vote for the audience choice winner.

Tickets are just $10. Get yours in advance, as the screening starts at 7:00pm sharp and is immediately followed by the staged reading. Hope to see you there! 

Friday, April 11, 5:30pm: Wadjda Benefit Event

In partnership with the KC FilmFest and the American Association of University Women-Kansas City (AAUW), KCWIFT will present a special benefit screening of Wadjda, a beautiful example of the power of storytelling and the universal desire of young women to shape and contribute to the world around them. 

The film has has won 18 awards and 17 nominations, nationally and internationally, and was the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. The movie's title character is a spunky, entrepreneurial girl whose desire to purchase a bicycle and race her friend pushes the boundaries of what is societally acceptable in her Saudi Arabian suburb. The film's groundbreaking female writer/director, Haifaa al-Mansour, overcame similar restrictions in Riyadh, coordinating the street scenes from inside a van and directing through a walkie talkie to a mostly male crew.

This special screening will be preceded by a ​reception, as well as the short film "Selfie,"   which challenges girls and women to embrace what makes them different. So, if you miss Producer Sharon Liese on the 8th, join us on the 11th, for a great night of film and discussion with panel members (pictured at right below) from the University of Kansas Media Studies ProgramShabbir Advisors, Girls Leading Our World, Inc. (GLOW)KCWIFT, and AAUW

​Tickets to the event include:
  • 5:30pm Reception of drinks and hors d'oeuvres 
  • 6:30pm Screening of "Selfie" and Wadjda
  • 8:15pm Panel discussion and Q&A

Tickets are $22, with $20 of each ticket being donated to provide educational opportunities for young women and girls through AAUW-KC’s Dollars for Scholars program and KCWIFT’s work with GLOW.

The event takes place at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza, 526 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO 64112. We hope to see you there!
Ongoing KCWIFT Events
If you missed the Indiegogo campaign deadline for our short documentary on Girls Leading Our World, Inc. (GLOW) but would still like to contribute to our fundraising campaign, please click on the "Donate" button below to give through PayPal.  We're teaming up with local filmmakers this Spring to bring GLOW's story into focus.

But we still need your help.
We are not a production company with deep pockets. We are just a not-for-profit group of filmmakers who are ready to make a promise to at-risk youth living in Kansas City’s urban core.

In Walt Disney's old stomping grounds,
on Kansas City's east side, GLOW meets each week to serve girls, ages 8-24. These girls face enormous challenges:  generational poverty, homelessness, physical and sexual abuse, parental incarceration and drug abuse, gun violence in their neighborhoods, and lack of access to accredited schools. But this film is not about what’s wrong in these girls’ lives.

It’s about what's right within each girl.
Founded by two caring women who used their own savings to launch the program, GLOW teaches girls that the challenges that circumscribe their lives do not define who they are. And GLOW’s mission is to give girls the tools they need to transcend their current circumstances to become positive, informed, caring and creative young women.

KCWIFT supports this mission.
And we invite you to join us in becoming part of GLOW’s network of caring adults.

GLOW’S girls have a story to tell.
And our goal is to show them how to use their voices and harness the power of digital storytelling to gain agency in their own lives. During the production of the GLOW documentary, girls will learn how to use the arts to shape a world of their own making.

Directed by Emmy Award-winner Cara Myers,
this film is—in essence—a promise. We are promising to help GLOW’s girls develop their creative potential.

Will you make that promise too?
Your donation will help raise matching funds for the documentary, which will also serve as a marketing tool that GLOW can use to help sustain and expand its much-needed services. Donations also will be used to purchase simple flip cameras so GLOW can continue to include the art of filmmaking in its curriculum.

If you believe the arts have the power to change lives,
please join us in making a promise to the girls of GLOW. Walt Disney doesn’t have to be the only creative success to grow out of Kansas City’s east side. We believe GLOW's girls have the power to be anything they want to be.

This year, help us make some hearts GLOW
and show them you believe in them too. Click on the "Donate" button above to make your gift today.  Thank you for your support!

Sharon Liese, Producer
Winnie Weinrich, AAUW
Tamara Falicov, Panel Moderator
Annie Walsh,
Mahnaz Shabbir, Shabbir Advisors
LaVeeda Simmons,
GLOW Cofounder