About

mamafilm is a village at the crossroads of art & advocacy – where storytellers, changemakers and nurturers come together to champion humanity through a maternal gaze. We center stories that foster empathy and connection to women, identity and the human experience.

Storytelling is a catalyst for connection. It helps us to discover our own identities and empathize with those around us.

On-screen representation feeds our context of the world – in both familiar and extraordinary ways. It opens our eyes, and ears, to the lived experiences of others – both real and fictional.

It’s equally vital that we see ourselves reflected back, and have access to unfamiliar and challenging stories.

An essential component of our mission is to spark a robust dialogue around the media we support and present. Intimate moments of exchange – and silent reflection – nurtures our collective human spirit.

mamafilm milestones

2019:

  • May – October: mamafilm is born a as pop-up microcinema in a shipping container in Wichita, Kansas, screening more than 30 independent films over 6 months
    November: We receive the Arts Advocate Appreciation Award from the Wichita Arts Council

2020:

  • February: We open our new pop-up microcinema location in Downtown Wichita
  • March: Need we say more…
  • August: we launch rePROFilm – first as a virtual film festival – featuring 25 films dedicated to reproductive healthcare and honoring actor and activist Martha Plimpton
  • September: After several months of virtual programming, our cinema opens its doors again with a reduced capacity screening in honor of RBG

2021:

  • January: We are selected as one of 30 Satellite Screens for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, bringing official selections to the Starlite Drive-In in Wichita.  In conjunction with our Sundance programming, we support several Beyond Film projects with support from the Sundance Institute including Nitzan Mager’s zoom series “Quarantine, I Love You” and Emily Christensens’ Feminist Foremothers podcast
  • April: We launch our first Story Lab, partnering local storyteller Yusef Presley with mentor and award-winning documentarian Chris Renteria
  • June: Feminist Foremothers is selected as an Official Selection of SeriesFest where it wins the WIFMCO Content Creator Award
  • August: We present the second rePROFillm virtual film festival, featuring 15 films that were 100% directed by female- identifying and 67% directed by BIPOC or AAPI filmmakers
  • September: We forgo our brick & mortar venue in favor of a nomadic cinema format – meeting audiences where they, are by partnering with other cultural organizations
Lela Meadow-Conner
FOUNDER | Creative Producer

Lela Meadow-Conner is a Creative Producer and the Founder of mama.film. She has 20 years of experience in independent film & exhibition, most recently...

KylieB
digital director • mamafilm | reprofilm.org

KylieB (she/her) is a queer, Korean Kansan who cultivates creative communities. Pulling on her experience in live event production, digital management and tech support...