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San Diego Film Festival/Women’s Museum

27 Sep 2022

written by Cindy Matalucci

LIVE September 23rd!

Live With Cindy September 23rd:

We Welcome Tonya Mantooth from the San Diego International Film Festival.

Tonya brought Felicia Shaw, Executive Director of The Women’s Museum of California.

They announce the new partnership for the 2022 San Diego International Film Festival between the Festival and the Women’s Museum of California.

The San Diego International Film Festival and the Women’s Museum of California have a shared passion for cultivating female written/directed and produced films.

Both organizations have sought to create conversations focusing on the status of women in the film industry to spotlight and close the gender gap in Hollywood.

The Women’s Museum has devoted a Film Festival to addressing that statistic for the past 8 years.

By partnering together they are able to combine the work we are both doing in this area and share female-led films with a broader audience.

Their joint focus on gender equality and equity through storytelling is how we all stay relevant and important to our audiences

Both organizations continue to be a part of curating films with a focus on diversity, originality and stories that make an impact on the lives of women.

We also highlight a few of the films featured in this series:

One of them is:

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
This first feature documentary about Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks delves deep into her historic role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and her work both before and after this event. Through interviews with people who knew her, powerful archival footage and her own words, the film tells the story of Parks’ extensive organizing, radical politics, and lifelong dedication to activism

Tonya gives us the dates and times of the Festival!

Dates: Schedule: Wednesday the 19th is Opening Night:
The Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park |
Time: 5:30 PM (Pre-Reception), 7:00 PM (Screening)

The 21st Annual San Diego International Film Festival kicks off with film lovers, filmmakers, arts patrons, elected officials, executives and professionals gathering to celebrate film at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Guests will enjoy a Pre-screening Cocktail Party followed by a Studio Film Premiere.
*Only VIP Passholders can attend Opening Night.

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, La Jolla
Time: 5:30pm Red Carpet and Pre-Reception; 7:00pm Tribute

The San Diego International Film Festival honors some of the film industry’s most accomplished actors, directors and filmmakers. Each year we are proud to present the Gregory Peck Award of Excellence in Cinema with the support of the Peck family. Rising stars, auteurs, and visionaries are also recognized and celebrated.

FRIDAY OCT 21 – SUNDAY, OCT 23 : In Person Screenings + Virtual Online Screenings 
AMC (formerly Arclight) @ Westfield UTC
 Time: 10:00AM – 9:00PM Daily
Access to 5 Days of On-Demand, Virtual Screenings.
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00PM Daily

Film lovers will enjoy film screenings of Studio Premieres and Independent Features, Documentaries and Short Films. In between film screenings, guests can visit the Festival Lounge for snacks, cocktails and conversations with other Film Lovers.

AMC UTC 14 @ Westfield UTC (formerly Arclight)
Time: 10:30 am & 11:30 AM

Culinary Cinema is a recipe for Sunday fun and a dream come true for foodies! The ingredients begin with a cuisine-themed movie. Afterwards everyone adjourns to enjoy dishes inspired by renowned San Diego Chefs. Add some nice wines and good conversation and you have a perfect Sunday afternoon

PASS PACKAGES: VIP pass and the weekend pass /virtual screening passes

2022 Pass Packages & Tickets

Weekend Fest Pass Package: 2022WeekendPulse10
VIP Pass Package: 2022VIPPulse10

About Tonya:

Tonya Mantooth CEO & Artistic Director San Diego International Film Festival A ten-time Regional Emmy award winner with over 60 International Telly and ADDY awards, Tonya began her career as an Executive Producer when she became the Director of Acquisitions for CRM Films. Tonya co-founded and was President of The Dakota Group, a highly regarded film and post-production company in Southern California. Tonya has produced National TV Campaigns and award-winning documentaries for Fortune 500 companies.

Tonya launched Mantooth Studios and expanded her production scope to Entertainment Projects. Under Mantooth Films, Tonya Executive Produced 4 feature films, including GRAVE SECRETS which became the pilot to a Nickelodeon Series. In 2012, Tonya took over the San Diego International Film Festival with a vision to bring international cinema to San Diego and grow the San Diego International Film Festival into a significant contributor to San Diego’s economy.

Today the San Diego International Film Festival has grown over 500%. The spectacular six-day Festival features 120+ film screenings, panels and a red carpet Celebrity Tribute honoring actors such as Annette Bening, Adrian Brody, Geena Davis, Lawrence Fishburne, Sir Patrick Stewart and countless others.

Tonya is steadfast in her belief that the experience of film allows us explore issues of global impact, to create dialog, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world.

Tonya is currently on the Advisory Board of the Foundation to Support the United Nations, a leading NGO supporting the UN to achieve their Sustainable Developmental Goals. She also sits on the Advisory Committee for Pillars4 Dignity an organization that supports and empowers underserved women who face social and economic challenges- by providing pathways to education, economic opportunity, financial independence. Tonya is a Past Board chair for the San Diego Chapter of The American Advertising Federation, a member of Patrons of the Prado and has won the prestigious Advertising Community’s top SDX Brandiego Award, voted San Diego Empowered Women to Watch and received the Philanthropy Award from The Ten Best.

About Felicia:

Previously, Felicia W. Shaw served in executive leadership position with the Regional Arts Commission of St Louis, and director positions with the San Diego Foundation and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Ms Shaw currently serves on the boards of Californians for the Arts and California Advocates and on the Steering Committee of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition. A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Communications, Ms Shaw completed additional undergraduate study at the University of California San Diego with a focus in art history, theory and criticism. She is also an alumna of the James P Shannon Leadership Institute.

About San Diego Film Festival:

The San Diego Film Foundation is dedicated to providing new perspective through the experience of film. We believe that film can be transformative and we are bound together through human connection. Our mission is to use the experience of film to explore issues of global impact, to create dialog, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world.

A 501c.3. the San Diego Film Foundation brings the finest independent cinematic storytelling from around the world to San Diego each year. We present films that make a difference through a robust variety of events and programs including:

The San Diego International ShortsFest (May 20-22, 2022)
The San Diego International Film Festival (October 19-23, 2022)
FOCUS on Impact Film Tour for high school students (Spring & Fall)
San Diego International Film Festival Channel (Monthly Screenings)
Industry Insider Series (Patrons Only)
Plus a variety of community and private events throughout the year.

SDFF Initiatives

The San Diego Film Foundation focuses on topical initiatives that help guide the content presented through the San Diego International Film Festival, our FOCUS On Impact educational programs and all of our community and private screenings.

American Indian Stories
Social Impact
Women in Film

About the Women’s Museum of California:

The mission of the Women’s Museum of California is to educate and inspire present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of diverse women by collecting, preserving, and interpreting their stories.

The Women’s Museum of California is housed in two locations in San Diego, California.

Archives and Adminstrative Office
Women’s Museum of California
C/O San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
The Women’s Museum of California Archive collection houses nearly 300 linear feet of material documenting the life and work of prominent female leaders and organizations’ commitment to women’s rights and representation.

The WMC archive is available for research by appointment only. There is no exhibit space at our archive and office location.

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