Meet Our Speakers: Wonder Women!

The March 10 and March 16 Community Cinema presentations of WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines will each have a different theme for the Q&A: The March 10th screening at the Washington DCJCC will focus on comics; the March 16th screening at Busboys and Poets will celebrate Wonder Latinas and include remarks by a representative from Eileen Fisher Inc., national community partner for the ITVS previews of “Wonder Women!”

Of course, a program like this will have plenty fans especially Wonder Woman fans. The March 10th screening is already FULL according to our Eventbrite page, but we’ll have a wait list at the door. The March 16th screening is almost full.

Here are our guest speakers for the events.


MONICA GALLAGHER, professional graphic artist, comicker.

Read more about Monica and Bonnie N. Collide (above) at Monica is based in Baltimore, MD.

MARK PAYNE, Wonder Woman fan. This was Mark Payne’s introduction, courtesy of Big Planet Comics in Washington, DC. My hunch is Mark has a background in graphic design. There’s always mystery in comics.


BUSBOYS AND POETS (2021 14th Street, NW)
GRACE FLORES-HUGHES was born in Taft, Texas on June 11, 1946. She began her federal career as a GS-2 at Kelly AFB in 1966 and subsequently transferred to the Department of the Air Force and later to the Department of Health, Education & Welfare where she assumed higher levels of management responsibility. She worked in the Department of Health & Human Services as Acting Director of the Office of Hispanic Americans where she was responsible for the development and implementation of social policy and programs regarding Hispanic Americans and where she helped coin the term “Hispanic” for the federal government. Grace was the first woman to serve as the Director/Assistant Attorney General level of the Community Relations Service (CRS) for the Department of Justice from 1988-92. Appointed by President Reagan and later kept on by President H.W. Bush, Flores-Hughes was responsible for developing policies and establishing priorities with respect to the resolution of racial and ethnic conflict in communities throughout the country, and the resettlement of Cuban/Hispanic refugees in the United States.

ELIZABETH ANDRADE is Vice President and Director of Production at Pixeldust Studios in Bethesda, MD, which specializes in Animation & VFX. Elizabeth and her husband, former National Geographic art and animnation director Ricardo Andrade (presdient) started Pixeldust Studios in 2006. The studio has received 15 Emmy awards for their work. Pixeldust has created work for National Geogrpahic, A&E Television Networks, NBC, Spike TV, Travel Channel, TLC, Discovery, Channel, The British Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, and others.

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Media That Matters at the Center for Social Media

Each year the Center for Social Media at American University hosts the annual “Media That Matters” forum.

This year’s theme, “Storytelling across Platforms,” focuses on today’s evolving media world in which publics can engage with creative projects across platforms such as radio, the web and mobile devices, as well as film and TV. The featured keynote speaker is Katy Chevigny, Co-founder and Senior Director of Arts Engine, Inc, and Producer for Pushing the Elephant, our March Community Cinema film.

Media That Matters is an opportunity to join established and aspiring filmmakers, non-profit communications leaders, funders and students working to learn and share cutting-edge practices to make their media matter, February 10 and 11, 2011 at American University in Washington, DC. Visit the Center‘s website to see the detailed agenda. Regular registration $100, Students $50, Fair Use Workshop $50.

MTM is presented in partnership with the Media That Matters Festival, which is a project of Arts Engine, Inc.

All Roads Film Festival kicks off with “Reel Injun”

The All Roads Film Festival and ITVS are co-hosting the Washington DC premiere of Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian September 28th at National Geographic Headquarters. There will be a Q&A with filmmaker Neil Diamond after the screening. The All Roads Film Festival is part of the All Roads Film Project, a National Geographic program created to provide an international platform for indigenous and under-represented minority-culture artists to share cultures, stories and perspectives through the power of film and photography.

This is the second co-hosting between ITVS and the All Roads Film Festival featuring a film from Community Cinema. Miss Navajo was our first event and a big hit with the audience. Reel Injun should be no different.

Neil Diamond takes an entertaining, insightful, and often humorous look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema and examining the ways that the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding—and misunderstanding—of Natives. Narrated by Diamond with infectious enthusiasm and good humor, Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian is a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories their own way.

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond, one of Canada’s foremost Aboriginal filmmakers, hails from the Cree community of Waskaganish on the coast of James Bay. His recent credits include The Last Explorer (2009), a feature-length docudrama retracing the steps of Diamond’s own great uncle, Aboriginal guide George Elson, on an ill-fated voyage into the heart of uncharted Labrador. An integral part of the Rezolution Pictures International creative team, Diamond has directed two award-winning documentaries: One More River (2004), a behind-the-scenes look at the Quebec Cree’s decision to accept another hydro project on their land, was named Best Documentary at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québecois, while awards for Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec (2004) included Top Prize and Audience Pick at Norway’s Riddu Riddu Festival.

“Reel Injun” also opens the 2010 – 2011 season of Community Cinema starting in October. The following screenings are scheduled:
    - Washington DC Jewish Community Center Sunday, October 10 at 3 PM
    - Busboys and Poets Monday, October 11 at 5 PM (Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day).

A campus screening is planned for October 24 on the George Washington University Campus with Kino Fist!, the GWU Student Film Group.

Francene Blythe, director of the All Roads Film Project and Film Festival will join the panel for the Community Cinema presentations of “Reel Injun” on October 10 and 11. On October 11, Kiros Auld who appeared in the Terrence Malick film The New World (2005) will talk about his experiences on the set in Jamestown, VA; and Karen Zill of the National Association for Media Literacy and author of the ITVS discussion guide for Reel Injun will join the panel October 11.

To purchase tickets to the All Roads Film Festival, visit, or call 202-857-7700

Community Cinema events in October are FREE with RSVP. Email: reelinjun[at]communitycinema-dc[dot]org or call 202-939-0794.