In its opening event, WAMMFest will feature audio and video works solicited from media professionals and students of regional and international middle and high schools, colleges and universities. All works reference women or minorities as their main subject or have been created with a woman or minority in a key creative role. The best professional and student submissions will be screened on Thursday, March 31, from 6-10 p.m. in Van Bokkelen 204.
This year, WAMMFest welcomes guest artist Virginia Galloway, a documentary filmmaker and founder of GreenBox Films. In 2009, Galloway had her directorial debut with her feature documentary, The Music Lesson, which tells the story of two groups of young people from extraordinarily different backgrounds who use the power of music to discover each other's worlds. The film has received a number of film festival selections and other accolades, including Best North American Documentary Feature at the Women’s International Film Festival.
Prior to founding GreenBox, Galloway worked for several major studios in the production of feature films and television including Syriana, Rendition and the HBO series The Wire. She is currently producing Ponies, a drama about friendships, treachery and the American dream set in the gritty world of off-track betting in New York City.
On Friday, April 1, Galloway will share her expertise through two master classes on documentary techniques at TU’s Media Center, from noon-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. That evening, from 5-9 p.m., she will screen The Music Lesson and answer questions from the audience.
The festival will close with a world music concert featuring TU faculty and student ensembles as well as local musicians and dancers, to be held Sunday, April 3, from 3-4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall.
All WAMMFest events are free and open to the public. For more information and a full event schedule, visit the WAMMFest website.