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: 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
- 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
- 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
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...