Flushing is the first-ever female-led film production in the United States.
The production is part of a global push to change the way women work, produce, and serve in the film industry, which is dominated by men.
The film’s tagline, “A Flushing with a Flushing” refers to the film’s heroine, Lola, who has her hair cut short in an attempt to save her life, and the flushing of her city in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading.
“The first-in-the-nation film festival is the best opportunity to change this culture of misogyny,” said Shonda Rhimes, president and CEO of the Flush Flush Foundation, which organizes the festival.
“Our film is not a one-off event.
It is a movement that we hope will transform our industry, and make a difference in the lives of the women who are making our films.”
Flushing began in 2009 as a three-day film festival, which continues today with a film-making workshop, film-production and social-impact festival, and film-and-video festival.
The first film to be produced at the festival was A New American Life by Shailene Woodley.
The program features more than 200 filmmakers and other activists, including a performance by the Roots Band, a series of concerts, and performances by bands including the Roots, The Lumineers, and The Black Keys.
“Flushing is a very special event,” said Stephanie Fong, an associate professor at the University of Southern California and a filmmaker at the New School.
“It’s not only about being able to film a film, but it’s about seeing a film and making a film about it.
I think it’s one of the first things you learn about filmmaking, and that’s how you learn to create.”
The festival is sponsored by the Flutter Foundation, and it has been held annually since 2010.
Since its inception, the festival has received more than 30 awards and has raised more than $2.5 million.
The festival’s official website is flushingfestival.org.
“Feminist Films are the future,” said Rhimes.
“And we’re not going to stop.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.