official selection: los angeles women’s international film festival

Exciting news! I am honored to announce “The Story We Want”, our new Climate Listening Project series with Moms Clean Air Force is an official selection for the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival.

Celebrating the cinematic achievements of women from the around the world, The Los Angeles Women’s International Film festival presented by Alliance of Women Filmmakers takes place March 22-25 at LA Live Regal Cinemas. Now in its 14th year, the festival serves as a platform for women filmmakers worldwide to share their unique stories and cultural experiences with Los Angeles’ diverse audience. The festival’s programming also reflects Alliance of Women Filmmakers’ mission to educate and inform audiences of social, political, and health issues impacting women globally.

I traveled across America with Moms Clean Air Force to meet with women who are working together to protect their families and communities. We listened to ordinary women—unsung heroes— confronting fossil fuel industries, climate change impacts, and a culture of extraction. These individuals are doing research, planting seeds of hope, and inspiring people across the country to share their stories, take action, and find solutions.

We filmed “The Story We Want” in five states: California, Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. From oil and gas operations in southwest Pennsylvania to the disastrous natural gas blowout in California, from toxic coal ash ponds in North Carolina to sea level rise in south Florida, and the extensive fossil fuel infrastructure in Native American communities across New Mexico, the courageous women featured share personal stories of the real-life impacts of pollution and climate change on their families. These American stories demonstrate the new day-to-day reality for many moms across the United States – women who are working together, researching and sharing information, participating in events, educating and empowering youth, and holding their elected officials accountable.

The goal for this Climate Listening Project series is to connect audiences to inspirational women across the country who challenge us all to join the chorus fighting for a better today and a healthy tomorrow. Watch the trailer: