@siffnews is kicking off tonight - have you gotten your tickets for @afghancycles yet??
Me ‘n my gurl
@mountainfilm is where things all started for me in terms of my work today. That was about 7 years ago, and I couldn't be more proud to announce that I've got two films in the festival this year - @afghancycles and @themirnavator. Fun fact: @jennygnichols worked with me on BOTH of these films because she's just cool like that. So excited to bring both of these films down to Telluride in a couple weeks and share them with the community that has nurtured and supported my work all these years. THANK YOU!!
The most amazing thing happened at our screening yesterday at the @agakhanmuseum. During the Q&A, a woman came up to the microphone to say that she grew up in Afghanistan and was never able to ride a bike there, but she always dreamed of being able to experience that freedom and independence. As soon as she moved to Canada, she learned to ride a bicycle. At that point, I was already tearing up, then she added that she was there with her cycling club made up of other local Afghan women !!! It was so amazing!! “We are the dreamers,” she said. My heart will forever remember the moment, it was so special and I am grateful they came to see the film.
Thank you @hotdocsfest for all you have given to me and this film - this was the perfect way to end such a special premiere experience! #hotdocs25
Toronto! One last chance to see @afghancycles before @hotdocsfest ends. Come join me at the @agakhanmuseum today at 3:30. Cheers!
Photo from an audience member at Tuesday’s screening - thank you!!
Seattle!!! I’ve got some exciting news - @afghancycles has been included in this year’s program at SIFF !! The first screening is on May 20th and tickets will go fast - hometown crowd baby!! The box office opened today so head over to www.siff.net to snag your tickets right away! Eeeek!! -
Here’s our schedule:
Sunday May 20 6:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater
Monday May 21 4:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater
Sunday May 27 1:00 PM Shoreline Community College
Sunday’s World Premiere was definitely one for the books. And now we’re gearing up to do it all again!! Come join us at the TIFF Lightbox at 4pm for the second screening of @afghancycles
I’m just gonna go fulfill this life long dream real quick
Tonight is the premiere of @afghancycles, a film I have been working on for five years. It is my first feature documentary, and I couldn’t be more proud to have my directorial debut at @hotdocsfest. Being in Toronto the last few days has been pretty full on. When I take a moment to slow down and reflect on this film, I get pretty emotion. I am beyond grateful to these young women who opened up their lives, hearts, and homes to me by saying yes to this film. This is Frozan and her mother Maria. Like many of my friends in Afghanistan, they treated me as if I were family, and I think of them as family as well. It’s been a long hard road to get here, but they are the ones I’ve made this film for, and I hope they are proud.
I have also made this film for my friends and family who have stood by my side supporting me for the past 5 years, encouraging me to press on. I hope you all like it.
@jennygnichols, @annabrones, @tonytonyhale, @cappuccino222, @sgalpin74 - thank you for taking a chance on me when you said yes to this, and for sticking with me as we wrap this film up. I am forever grateful for that!
Ok! Only a few hours out. Here we go! #hotdocs25
Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Afghan Cycles film poster! It’s been such a treat working with @dudeitsdesi on this - thanks for making the perfect poster for @afghancycles Desi!!
5 years in the making, and I finally get to share @afghancycles for the first time on Sunday at @hotdocsfest. The truth is, it’s been a wild ride to get this film finished, and I’m feeling every emotion ranging from pure elation to “what the hell am I doing?!?” So instead of diving into that pit of emotion, I think I’ll just drop a few photos here over the next few days and try my damnedest to bask in this feeling of gratefulness - grateful for the trust and openness these women have given me, grateful to my amazing crew for saying yes to this, and grateful that this is what I’m doing for my living.
📸 by @jennygnichols
In my line of work, it’s rare that the tables are turned and I’m the one whose story is being told. @galestraub, I feel completely touched by your sincerity and approach to piecing this together. And adding @bailey_k in on top of it?!? What a surprise! I still haven’t found the words to describe what it feels like to hear people I care about talking about me and my work in this way, so I’ll just say this: thank you Kaitlin and Gale. Color me tickled.
Head over to @she_explores and have a listen.
Photo by @jennygnichols
I have anther version of this photo that’s more in focus, but these smiles just feel way more true to what we pull out in each other. Jess, you are one of my favorite human beings of ALL time, and I count my lucky stars that I get to call you my friend! Wish I could be with you celebrating your birthday today, but only a few short weeks until I can buy you a birthday beer in Toronto. Love ya pal - happy birthday!!
Watching @afghancycles projected on to the big screen for color correction this week has been such a special experience. Five years in the making, and it’s starting to feel like a REAL movie!!!
Today’s #femalefilmmakerfriday shout out goes to the one and only @jennygnichols!! Jenny has an incredible eye and the biggest heart. You may not be able to see her face here, but I just know she’s got a big smile on it. Her empathy and insight makes her one of my favorite people to shoot with. Plus, she’s a whole lot of fun on production!! Here’s to you Jenny Jan, and to all the amazing films you’ll continue to inspire the world with!!
#onproduction #behindthescenes #documentary
I’ve been clocking in too many hours at the desk these days. It’s got me wishing I could be out in the mountains, playing on a river 🏔
Especially proud to live in Seattle today
@marchforourlives #neveragain #enoughisenough #endgunviolence #marchforourlives @everytown
I've dreamt of this day for FIVE YEARS. Folks, @afghancycles will have it's WORLD PREMIERE at @hotdocsfest April! I am beyond elated, yet also working through a touch of anxiety. I'm not sure I have the words just yet, but what I will say is that it has been an absolute honor to be trusted by these brave women to tell their story. A story that has evolved in ways I never could have imagined, and yet they continue to let me in and trust me in the tenderest of moments. For that, I am grateful, because I believe that their story is a universal one that will inspire women and men everywhere.
I'll keep you all posted on future screenings and festivals, but for today I'm just excited to be able to celebrate the news of our World Premiere, which would not have been possible without the support, collaboration, and friendship of the crew behind this film - @jennygnichols, @annabrones, @tonytonyhale, @sgalpin74, and @cappuccino222. And my love, @bailey_k, who truly has been by my side through this entire process, cheering me on during the highs, picking me up in the lows. Big thanks to @ellie.kealey who said yes to me, a near stranger at the time asking her to trust me on this film. And of course to @outlive.the.bastards And @claudialopezphoto who were there to kick this thing off with me so many years ago.
I feel so lucky to have the community that I have - friends and family near and far who have been rooting for me and this film every step of the way. I have felt it, and it's your support that has gotten this thing where it is today. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Toronto, here we come!!! Photo by @jennygnichols
#documentary #film #worldpremiere #hotdocs18
In partnership with @subaru_usa - roadtripping with @annabrones in the SW last month was a total ball. We spent our days stopping at scenic pullouts, making delicious lunches, feeling inspired by the landscape, and discussing all things creativity. Even though we were there to work, I came away feeling rejuvenated and invigorated. I think that’s the magic of time spent on the road with a good pal. For more on our trip, head over to @she_explores and listen to the latest podcast episode of #WomenOnTheRoad that @howsheviewsit put together.
#iworkwithsubaru #loveisoutthere #papercut
@annabrones has brought me to tears! She’s included Frozan, one of the brave women from @afghancycles, in her #womenswisdomproject where she’s been doing papercuts of 100 inspiring women. Seeing my dear friend and little sister included in this series is the coolest thing! “There is light after every darkness.” Happy International Women’s Day!