The famed photographer and cultural provocateur Diane Arbus was fond of saying;

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”

That’s the power of the visual arts. The ability to transport us in mind and spirit to places we dare not go before. And why gender diversity in the visions of those artists who take us on that journey is of paramount importance. (If we’re all coming from the same point of view, that’s a pretty boring trip.)

Unfortunately, the film industry is largely still a gentleman’s game.

But Seattle-based Reel Grrls is working to change that.

Reel Grrls is devoted to providing opportunities for girls ages 9-19 in the visual arts and digital media production. Reel Grrls educates, equips, and mentors young women to create transformative digital media. POSSIBLE was proud to sponsor Reel Grrls recent fundraising gala.

Founded in 2001, Reel Grrls is the first media arts center for women in the country and is the nation’s leader in video production training for young girls.

Reel Grrls mission centers around the belief that for women to achieve equality and advancement in today’s media rich world, they must not only be media literate, they must be active participants in all aspects of production.

“Capable, creative, technology savvy women are the result of Reel Grrls programs,” asserts Robyn Held, Reel Grrls Executive Director

One of the highlights of the benefit evening was hearing from the young directors themselves. As a young woman named Zenia exclaimed, “I was the camera person. I was the lighting person. I was running the show. It was amazing. For once in my life, I was proving to myself I had the skills, instead of just proving to others I could do something.”

If Zenia and the other beneficiaries of Reel Grrls are the future of film and digital media, we are in incredibly talented hands. And sure to be taken to evocative new places we never even imagined.

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