RIVERRUN AND INDIE LENS POP-UP PRESENTS SERVED LIKE A GIRL, THE STORY OF FEMALE VETERANS COMPETING TO BECOME MS. VETERAN AMERICA
(WINSTON-SALEM, NC) — Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, and RiverRun International Film Festival (riverrunfilm.com) is excited to present Served Like a Girl, a powerful and poignant look at a group of diverse female veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The free community screening will take place Tuesday, May 22, at 7:30 PM at the Huber Theatre on the campus of Salem College. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, serious illness, physical injuries, and military sexual abuse, these inspiring women find ways to adapt to the challenges they face through participation in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition. Guided by event founder and veteran, Major Jas Boothe, the women work hard to prepare for the competition, and in the process, recover parts of their identities they had lost on the battlefield. Filled with humor and heart in equal measures, Served Like a Girl, directed by Lysa Heslov, premieres on Independent Lens on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, 10:00-11:30 PM ET on PBS.
Caption: (Left to right) Denyse Gordon, Joanne Makay, Hope Garcia, Rachel Engler, Jas Boothe, Nichole Alred and Andrea Waterbury. Credit: Adam Sternberg
The “Ms. Veteran America” competition was established in 2012 to encourage women veterans to recognize and support their sisters as they return to civilian life and face debilitating emotional, social, and economic challenges. More than a vehicle for shared recovery, the competition’s primary mission is to raise funds and awareness for America’s 55,000 homeless women veterans, a goal that resonates strongly with the women profiled in the film.
Get to know the women who served our country, and hear their stories by attending our free preview screening.
WHAT: FREE preview screening of Served Like a Girl followed by a community discussion
WHO: Presenters: Indie Lens Pop-Up and RiverRun International Film Festival
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Huber Theatre, Salem College
For more information, visit: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/served-like-girl/
ABOUT RIVERRUN: Founded in 1998, the RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Year-round programs include the Indie Lens Pop-Up Documentary Series, RiverRun Retro and Films With Class educational programs. Each spring, RiverRun’s Festival screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories. The 2019 RiverRun International Film Festival will take place April 19-29 with screenings in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
SPONSORS: The sponsors of the 2018 RiverRun International Film Festival help sustain the organization’s mission to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers. Festival sponsors include: Title Sponsors – Reynolds American, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and UNCSA; Presenting Sponsors – City of Winston-Salem, The Millennium Fund, Wake Forest University, Wells Fargo, Elephant in the Room and MullenLowe; Marquee Sponsors – Nelson Mullins, Forsyth County, Parkway Lincoln, PNC Bank, Salem Smiles Orthodontics, Visit Winston-Salem and Kilpatrick Townsend.