June 12, 2017 – Lady Participate 033
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Amanda Stosz (Creative Director) and Meg Wachter (Editor-in-chief) run Got a Girl Crush, a blog and annual print magazine about women, by women, for everyone. Issue 6 of the magazine will be out next month!!
Shop for Issue 5 here!

Name: Amanda Stosz    ::    Occupation: Creative Director, Got a Girl Crush Magazine, Photographer and Retoucher    ::     Age: 32    ::     City: Brooklyn, NY    ::    Astrological sign: Extremely Taurus

To cope with a long commute: My normal commute is all of 20 feet from my bed to my desk, but I do sometimes go into the city to work with clients. If biking, there's never a dull moment, no need to cope with boredom, but in New York it can be stressful and riddled with dangerous drivers, pedestrians jumping out from nowhere or other cyclists being irresponsible, so the only coping needed there is coming up with some colorful and creative swears to relieve the stress. That and dry shampoo. If on the subway I'm usually listening to Solange on repeat and watching people around me, and if I'm really bored or if there's a lot of waiting, I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that I've gotten extremely good at solitaire on my phone, unless I'm prepared and have brought reading material.

Current obsession: Putting the finishing touches on Issue 06 of Got a Girl Crush, staying informed with current events and studying successful strategies for counteracting the rising white supremacist nationalist movement. 

Favorite interview you've done: I really geeked out over musician Lizzo and planetary scientist and imaging team leader for the Cassini mission to Saturn Carolyn Porco. I love them both so much! My other favorites in the magazine have been my friend Marcella Jayne interviewed by my other friend Malaika Gordon in Issue 05, it's an incredible interview and story. I also found Jess Schreibstein's interview with Carrie Marie Schneider to be so beautifully and compellingly written and I think the work Carrie has done in Houston is amazing, especially Hear Our Houston, I wish that project was something you could find all over the country in every city.

Why you love your city: It's really a love/hate relationship. I love that so much is walkable or train/bus ride away. I love that so many people from so many different walks of life are here together, that everyone's paths can cross at any given moment, it's for sure never boring. While New York can be very cutthroat and frustrating at times, generally when it comes down to it there's a solidarity and true humanity to this city. I think the epitome of what makes me realize why I live here are saturdays in the summer on the Coney Island boardwalk.

What's next: Continue to grow GAGC to be able to create more content, put a spotlight on women and hopefully be able to devote even more of our time towards creating and putting that content out into the world and helping build an inspiring and productive community.

Ladies we should know: Jane Claire Hervey from Bossbabes ATX, Shydeia Caldwell of Black Girl MagikLindsay Eyth of Eythink 

Name: Meg Wachter    ::     Occupation: Editor-in-chief, Got a Girl Crush Magazine      ::     Age: 34     ::     City: Brooklyn, NY     :::      Astrological sign: Taurus/Gemini cusp

To cope with a long commute: I ride my bike whenever possible in NYC (weather/temperature permitting). It's allowed me to learn about and discover neighborhoods I'd never know about if I was underground on the subway! If I'm subway-bound, I love podcasts from 2 Dope Queens, Death Sex & Money, Radiolab, Call Your Girlfriend, Another Round, and Pod Save America to get me by.

Current obsession: Duo Lingo language app! Been lubing up my rusty Spanish. Estoy aprendiendo.

Favorite interview you've done: Too many to choose from! We interview so many incredible women! On our blog, I personally love our two-parter with High Maintenance creator, Katja Blichfeld. In our magazine? Hmm... probably Lizzo?

Why you love your city: I've lived in New York for 11 years now and as much as it's been a love/hate relationship (trash, lagging subway service, and rising rent costs being one of the key points of contention), I've never been more proud to be a New Yorker after this past election. We are stacked on each other ass-to-elbow, but we make it work. I encounter so many races, ethnicities, languages, and religions on a daily basis and I would never trade that for any type of homogeny ever.

What's next: We are currently working on our sixth issue of the magazine and it's so exciting to see how it's coming together. Slated to be released in July 2017! Stay tuned!

Ladies we should know: Larissa Green, Anna Maria Wolf, Mindy Abovitz, MacKenzie Peck, Taylor Yates, Kristen Felicitti

Produced By: Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay Discuss How to Create “A Culture of Inclusion”The Hollywood Reporter (June 10, 2017)

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How 'Spare Rib' Magazine Revolutionized Women's PublishingBroadly (June 7, 2017)

Texas Effectively Bans Abortion After 13 Weeks, Even in Cases of Rape – Broadly (June 7, 2017)

Why These Women Are Bringing Brown Girls To TelevisionElle (June 5, 2017)

"Chewing Gum's" Michaela Coel On Intersectionality And Nina Simone: BUST InterviewBUST (June 5, 2017)

If Wonder Woman Can Do It, She Can TooNew York Times (June 5, 2017)
The Lower East Side Film Festival 
June 8th – June 15th
Sunshine Cinema: 143 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Monday, June 12th, 7:00pm
Ladies' Night – Shorts Showcase

Monday, June 12th, 8:00pm
Ladies' Night Feature – What Children Do

Tuesday, June 13th, 8:00pm
Documentary Feature – Nana (Dir. Serena Dykman)

Tuesday, June 13th, 9:00pm 
Queer Shorts: Best of NewFest

Thursday, June 15th, 8:30pm
Closing Night – Mermaids (Dir. Ali Weinstein)

Full Schedule here
June 14th – June 25th
BAM Harvey Theater: 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
BAM Rose Cinemas: 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Thursday, June 15th, 9:30pm 
Signature Move (Dir. Jennifer Reeder)

Friday, June 16th, 9:45pm
The Strange Ones (Dir. Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff)

Saturday, June 17th, 7:30pm
Spotlight: Landline (Dir. Gillian Robespierre)

Saturday, June 17th, 9:45pm 
Bitch (Dir. Marianna Palka)

Sunday, June 18th, 7:00pm
I Am Another You (Dir. Nanfu Wang)

Sunday, June 18th, 9:30pm
Shorts Program (40% female)

Monday, June 19th, 7:00pm
Whose Streets? (Dir. Sabaah Folayan)

Monday, June 19th, 9:45pm
Snowy Bing Bongs (Dir. Rachel Wolther & Alex H. Fischer)

Wednesday, June 21st, 9:45pm
Most Beautiful Island (Dir. Ana Asensio)

Friday, June 23rd, 9:45pm
Lemon (Dir. Janicza Bravo)

Saturday, June 24th, 4:45pm
The Work (Dir.Jairus McLeary & Gethin Aldous) screening with Have No Fear (Dir. Beata Calinska & Sarah Jacobson)

Full Schedule here

Please submit 1-2 pages of original artwork on what grrrl-ness means to you. This theme is super open-ended, so please feel as free as possible and have the most fun with it. You can talk about/depict now, or then, or even the future. If you find yourself producing more than 1-2 pages, go for it. We just want your girliest, most powerful, jarring, softest, angriest work!
More info here

...Wonder Woman was the #1 movie in the world its opening weekend! 
Let's get more female directed, female centric summer blockbusters!
Thanks for participating! See you next Monday for filmmaker Natalia Leite!
Curated by Paris McGarry.
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