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13th Annual Emerson Film Festival Welcomes Graceland Girls

I booked a plane ticket to L.A. to attend the 13th Annual Emerson Film Festival, hosted by the graduate alma matur, Emerson College.  I’m honored that Graceland Girls has been accepted as an official selection!  The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood.  The event will begin with a Q&A with director James McTeigue, director of The Raven, Ninja Assassin, and the critically acclaimed V for Vendetta. The LA Film Showcase [...]

Graceland Girls Receives California Film Award

I am excited to share that Graceland Girls received the Diamond Award via the California Film Awards on January 26 in San Diego. Congrats to the next generation of female leadership in Kenya. Keep up the good work, your stories are making an impact! The California Film Awards recognizes and celebrates important world cinema that represents the forefront of aesthetic, critical and entertainment standards in contemporary independent filmmaking and screenwriting. The California Film Awards honors new and cutting-edge American and foreign independent films in [...]

Graceland Girls To Screen at Peace on Earth Film Festival

I am very pleased to announce that Graceland Girls has been accepted into the 2013 Peace on Earth Film Festival, March 7 – 10 in Chicago! Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF) is a not-for-profit festival established to celebrate and encourage the work of independent filmmakers from around the world on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance. POEFF aims to contribute to a culture of peace through international cinema, dialogue and programming highlighting individuals on the vanguard of [...]

Judge Me Only by the Content of My Character

Today is Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday honoring the influential American civil rights leader who tirelessly campaigned for racial equality. While listening today to King’s most notable public address, his “I Have a Dream” speech, I couldn’t help but think of all of the various forms of discrimination that still take place.  Discrimination based on skin color is still rampant in many parts of the country.  The repression of women and the denial of their basic human rights [...]

Women’s Freedom Center to Screen Graceland Girls at Festival

I was contacted by the Women’s Freedom Center in Vermont to include Graceland Girls in their annual Women’s Film Festival, featuring 24 films by and about women.  I am honored to be a part of this powerful event. The Women’s Freedom Center is a local organization in Windham County, Vermont working to end domestic and sexual violence. They are a feminist organization committed to offering support and advocacy to survivors of violence, as well as prevention and educational activities to [...]

Director Salvatoriello Attends Director’s Guild Award Ceremony in NYC

Graceland Girls Director, Jordan Salvatoriello, is honored at the Director’s Guild of America Student Film Awards in New York City on November 28.    

Documentary Wins Caucus Foundation Gold Circle Award

We are proud to announce that Graceland Girls received the 2nd Place Gold Circle Award at the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors Foundation Award Ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles Sunday night, December 2.  The Caucus honors outstanding, creative television and interactive media talent, and I am pleased to be recognized by such a prestigious organization!

Graceland Girls Selected as “Best of” CISCFF

Graceland Girls was chosen as “Best of” the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival!  The film screened this afternoon, along with three other films, at Chicago’s Historic Holiday Star Theater for those who may have missed the original festival in early October.  I am thrilled for another great chance to spread the word about the power of educating girls to help break the cycle of poverty.  Hope you enjoyed the film!        

Salvatoriello, Graceland Girls Wins Director’s Guild of America Jury Prize

The Director’s Guild of America recently announced the winners of the 18th Annual DGA Student FIlm Awards.  I am excited to announce that Graceland Girls has won the DGA Jury Prize for the women’s category.  Check out the news in the Hollywood Reporter! DGA Honors Diverse Student Filmmakers, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 13, 2012 The Directors Guild of America announced on Tuesday the winners of the 2012 DGA Student Film Awards for African American, Asian American, Latino and Women directors. The [...]

Graceland Girls Wins Four “Feminism on Film” Awards

The Women’s Independent Film Festival today announced their Fall 2012 Award Winners, and I am proud to share that the documentary short Graceland Girls brought home four out of six awards in the “Feminism on Film” category! Graceland Girls Won the Following 2012 Feminism on Film Awards: Best of Feminism on Film Award Best Directing Award Best Editing Award Best Cinematography Award For a complete list of award-winners, CLICK HERE.