and#8216;Miss Representationand#8217; to be shown at Queen of Hearts luncheon | SierraSun.com

and#8216;Miss Representationand#8217; to be shown at Queen of Hearts luncheon

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Following its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary feature film and#8220;Miss Representationand#8221; will be screened at the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Queen of Heartand#8217;s luncheon Feb. 15 at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and#8220;Miss Representationand#8221; exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the mediaand#8217;s limited and sometimes disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful.

and#8220;Miss Representationand#8221; includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics.

and#8220;We are thrilled to have so many outreach opportunities for and#8216;Miss Representation.and#8217; This film was made to be a change agent in our culture, to inspire both women and men to recognize womenand#8217;s collective voice, leadership capacity and equal rights,and#8221; said Newsom.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is a womanand#8217;s value and power lie in her youth, beauty and sexuality and#8212; not in her leadership capacity. While women have made strides in leadership over the past few decades, the U.S. is 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures. Women hold only three percent of and#8220;clout positionsand#8221; in mainstream media.

The distribution of and#8220;Miss Representationand#8221; will coincide with a social action campaign led by MissRepresentation.org. The campaign seeks to empower women and girls to challenge limiting labels in order to fully realize their potential. A portion of film proceeds will be donated to womenand#8217;s leadership initiatives led by partnership beneficiaries including: Girls for A Change, Girls Inc., The International Museum of Women, Step Up Womenand#8217;s Network, The Womenand#8217;s Media Center and The White House Project. Together with these partners, MissRepresentation.org is organizing hundreds of thousands of individuals to participate in a series of small actions in an effort to lead a cross-generational revolution eradicating gender stereotypes.

For more information about the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Queen of Hearts Luncheon and the screening of and#8220;Miss Representation,and#8221; contact Cathy Dangler at cathy@dangler.us or call 415-317-7705.

About Girlsand#8217; Club Entertainment

Girlsand#8217; Club Entertainment was founded by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, actress, filmmaker and former First Lady of San Francisco. It was formed as an umbrella entertainment company to develop and produce independent films with strong social, political, and cultural significance focused primarily on empowering women. Visit http://www.missrepresentation.org.

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