Films That Inspire

“In Her Shoes” is now available for streaming through www.FilmsThatInspire.com

 

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Official Selection to the Asheville Cinema Festival

Asheville Cinema Festival In Her Shoes Official Selection

In Her Shoes is an official selection to the 3rd Annual Asheville Cinema Festival held in Asheville, North Carolina. The film will screen as part of the Documentary Short Films Block 1 on  Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at 12:30 in the Masonic Lodge, one of the most beautiful event spaces in Western North Carolina.  Tickets are available for purchase.  A Q&A Session with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

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Premiere at Silent River Film Festival

 

Silent-River-Film-Festival-In-Her-Shoes-Official-SelectionIn Her Shoes is an official selection to the 3rd Annual Silent River Film Festival held in Irvine, California founded by filmmaker, actor and poet Kalpna Singh-Chitnis to promote art of cinema and share experiences of creativity.  The film was screened as part of the Documentary Short Films Block on Sunday, October 20, 2013. While attending the festival, director and producer, Brandy Amstel participated as part of the Cinema for Causes Filmmaker Panel to discuss the impact of film and it’s ability to bring awareness to causes. She shared the success of In Her Shoes to raise significant funds for various charities and to spark a movement for helping women get back on their feet contributing to their families and communities.

Brandy Amstel, director and producer, In Her Shoes at 2013 Silent River Film Festival

Brandy Amstel, director and producer, In Her Shoes at 2013 Silent River Film Festival

 

 

Brandy Amstel speaks at the Cinema for Causes 2013

 

Cinema for Causes Panel 2013

 

Brandy Amstel at Silent River Film Festival

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Connections to Success Red Carpet Event and Screening

October is Domestic Violence awareness month and Connections to Success is hosting a Red Carpet Event and Screening of “In Her Shoes” on October 24, 2013 from 6-8:30pm at the Regional Arts Commission. Guests will enjoy cocktails, shopping, and join in an intriguing discussion with panelists:

Betty Staehr  – Star of “In Her Shoes”

Brandy Amstel – Director/Producer of “In Her Shoes”

Vicky Williams

Colleen Coble – CEO of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Amy Lorenz-Moser – Attorney

Sylvia Jackson – The Women’s Safe House

Kelley Lamm – Radio Talk Show Host and event emcee

Tickets are available for $25.

Here more about the event from KSDK News 5 in St. Louis.

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Texas Women in Business Birthday Bash

TWIB logoOn Friday, September 20 2013, the organization Texas Women in Business celebrated their 3rd year with a fun filled Birthday Bash exploring what it is to “Give in a Big Way”.  The event featured women from the Austin community doing extraordinary things to make a difference for others.  Among the women featured was our very own, Betty Staehr.

TWIB0237After a screening of the trailer for “In Her Shoes”, Betty shared with the group that it would have been easy to just forget the phase of life where she was homeless and focus on her newly rebuilt life. She could have pretended that it was a mere hiccup in life.  Instead she continues to give back to the organizations that helped her in her time of need and be an advocate for homeless single women.

Director and producer, Brandy Amstel followed up with the group with the following, “Betty’s story is incredible and I admire her courage to share her story with the world and her willingness to make a difference for others.  She is a true inspiration for us all. With “In Her Shoes”, Betty has impacted hundreds of people’s lives and created a legacy that will live on for years to come.  It wasn’t Brandy Speaking at TWIBjust Betty though, there were so many people that contributed to the making of this project. Each of those people too are responsible for impacting hundreds of lives and leaving this legacy.  There were the people on screen, the film crew, people that contributed equipment, catering, support, and of course those that made financial contributions.  It took them all. Film is a powerfully tool and “In Her Shoes” has demonstrated just how powerful it is for expanding results and doing more than any one person can do alone.  Ultimately we all want to make a difference in the world.  We want to know that our life mattered.  We all have the power to make a difference, we just need the courage take a bold step forward and be open to how it unfolds.” Brandy and Betty at TWIB small

The event was a heartfelt afternoon as women shared their inspirations and next steps to “Giving in a Big Way”.

 

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The Real Goodwill Presents “In Her Shoes”

Austin Screening announced for September 18th, 2013 hosted by Goodwill Industries of Central Texas.  Event will include a Q&A session with Betty Staehr, filmmaker Brandy Amstel, and Austin Goodwill CEO Jerry Davis.  Admission is free, but you must reserve a seat as seating is limited.

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Official Selection to the Silent River Film Festival

srff2013official-selection-laurel-_1Some of the industry’s finest filmmakers will come together to share their best works of film and love for cinema at the 2013“Silent River Film Festival” in Irvine, taking place from October 17th-20th, 2013.
This year’s entries to the festival were received from 24 countries and with 80 hand-selected films from 16 countries, Silent River Film Festival plans to celebrate their third anniversary!

The 2013 Silent River Film Festival will take place at the “Edwards Westpark 8 Theater” and “Irvine Civic Center.” Details to be announced soon.

“In Her Shoes” will screen as part of the Documentary Shorts Program with 4 other films from Uganda, Ireland and the US.

 

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Official Selection to the Orlando Film Festival

Orlando Film Festival Logo“In Her Shoes” is an official selection for the Orlando Film Festival being held in Orlando, Florida from October 16th-20th, 2013.  It will screen in the shorts program “Without a Home” on two separate days. (Reserve A Seat).

October 18th @ 2:15 – 3:45 – Theater 9

October 19th @ 1:15 – 2:45 – Theater 9

 

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Betty Staehr goes from homeless to helper

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Betty’s story continues to inspire people in the Austin American Statesman and bring awareness to issues surrounding the homeless.  Michael Barnes writes a feature article.

 

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Awarded “Best Short Documentary”

Betty Staehr and Brandy Amstel attend 2013 Trail Dance Film Festival

Betty Staehr and Brandy Amstel attend 2013 Trail Dance Film Festival

The team was very excited to learn that “In Her Shoes” was nominated for “Best Short Documentary” at the 2013 Trail Dance Film Festival.

Betty Staehr and Brandy Amstel attended the festival and screening on January 25, 2013 in the Simmons Center Theater.  The screening was followed by a Q&A, which went very well. Many of the audience members were quick to thank Betty for sharing her story with the world and inspiring them to make a difference in their communities.

Filmmaker, Brandy Amstel, shared that her inspiration for making the film was to tell a women’s empowerment story that brought together organizations, businesses, and the community to make an even bigger difference than any one of them could have done alone.  Amstel also announced that Dress for Success Austin is licensing the film to other non-profits to raise funds for their organization or cause.

Brandy Amstel with Golden Drover Award for Best Short Documentary at Trail Dance Film Festival

Brandy Amstel with 2013 Golden Drover Award, “Best Short Documentary” In Her Shoes

The trip was already such a success and then “In Her Shoes” was awarded the 2013 Golden Drover Award for  “Best Short Documentary”. What a huge honor!  We are all very grateful for the recognition.

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