SEPTEMBER 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTION

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CRONES DISEASE

A film by Lisa Bass

New York


"Women have been taught to constantly be aware of how they are perceived physically by other people. We have been taught that in order to succeed and to gain the respect we deserve, we must present ourselves in a way that pleases the outside world. Especially in the film industry, women are first judged upon appearance, and then ridiculed accordingly. CRONES DISEASE is a brilliantly acted (Lorelei Ramirez) female driven comedy that allows the audience to ride the rollercoaster of fear and self doubt these stigmas induce. A superb insight to the fears we must conquer and the changes that we must continuously fight for. From now on, let's embrace our inner (and outer) Crone. Because not only is she powerful, she holds the key to true wisdom, fearlessness and freedom." 

-MOONFAZE FEMINIST FILM JOURNAL


Synopsis: 

Joanna’s first act of bravery is just sitting down and finally writing her movie. When she gets a zit on the first day of shooting her anxiety begins to run amok. What will people think of her? Is she too ugly to be in charge? When she asks for what she wants, is she too naggy? With each step forward, and each new assertion, her anxiety deforms her a bit more until she finally screens her film, confronts her fears and triumphs.

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A note from the filmmaker:

This short was inspired by the John Berger quote from WAYS OF SEEING: 
“A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself. Whilst she is walking across a room or whilst she is weeping at the death of her father, she can scarcely avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually.”

-Lisa Bass, Filmmaker

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Meet the Filmmaker:  

Lisa Bass writes, directs, and edits. Her work focuses on that which is not said, and strives to convey the interplay between characters’ outward expressions and complex inner lives. Her use of comedy expands the mundane elements of human interaction to expose their inherent challenges and reminds the viewer that there is always a glimmer of humor in the darkness. She has worked in the independent film industry for the past eight years, first at Focus Features, then FilmNation and currently works at Magnolia Pictures.
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