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.
- May – October 2019: mama.film is born a as pop-up microcinema in a shipping container in Wichita, Kansas
- November 2019: We receive the Arts Advocate Appreciation Award from the Wichita Arts Council
- February 2020: We open our new pop-up microcinema location in Downtown Wichita
- March 2020: Need we say more…
- August 2020: we launch rePRO – first as a virtual film festival – featuring 25 films dedicated to reproductive healthcare and honoring actor and activist Martha Plimpton
- September 2020: After several months of virtual programming, our cinema opens its doors again with a reduced capacity screening in honor of RBG
- January 2021: 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
- January 2021: 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 2021: We launch our first Story Lab, partnering local storyteller Yusef Presley with mentor and award-winning documentarian Chris Renteria
- June 2021: Feminist Foremothers is selected as an Official Seletion of SeriesFest where it wins the WIFMCO Content Creator Award
- August 2021: We present the second rePRO virtual film festival, featuring 15 films that were 100% directed by female- identifying and 67% directed by BIPOC or AAPI filmmakers
- September 2021: We forgo our brick & mortar venue in favor of a nomadic format – meeting audiences where they are
- January 2022: We’re selected as one of only 7 Satellite Screens for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and present films in Lawrence, KS at the historic Liberty Hall
- January 2022: We’re one of 567 arts organizations nationwide (out of an eligible 7,500) to receive a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Resuce Plan
- January 2022: We launch rePRO as a monthly public media initiative featuring a short and podcast, increasing access to film and conversation around reproductive rights and justice
- February 2022: We partner with Ava DuVernay’s Array and other organizations around the country for “28 Days of Sankofa” including a screening and conversation in partnership with Wichita State University’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Office of Engagement
- March 2022: We partner with the Wichita Public Library and Fishtrap Inc. (Enterprise, OR) to curate a film series inspired by their NEA Big Read selection The House on Mango Street
- To be continued…
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KylieB (she/her) is a queer, transracial adoptee who has been involved in technology and executing arts engagement programming for over ten years in Kansas....