Lisa Ovies and Raimi Productions team up for women’s film program EmpowHer
If you are a filmmaker looking for a great online movie making program, puppet killer director Lisa Ovies and the good folks at Raimi Productions (especially evil Dead mastermind Sam Raimi and Raimi Productions president Zainab Azizi, producer of the recent Ouma) have some good news to share!
According to the press release we just received, Raimi Productions is sponsoring a full scholarship for Rogue Studios’ EmpowHer Female Filmmaking program, an eight-week online course covering everything you might need to know to get your film off the ground, from pre-production to casting, scriptwriting, cinematography, editing and even a guide to navigating the film festival experience.
Ovies launched the program earlier this spring after years of traveling the film festival circuit and attending numerous pitch meetings. During this time, she noted a pronounced lack of female representation behind the camera and decided to be proactive about it.
I was often one of, if not the only, director or writer in a space, especially in the genre world. And yet, when I met women, they constantly told me how much they would love to get behind the camera and tell stories. I started to realize pretty quickly that the lack of representation didn’t reflect desire at all and that most women were hesitant to start because they also didn’t have spaces in which they felt safe to start asking the questions and learning the skills outside. to commit to a full-time program, or they lacked personal role models telling them they could do it.
Raimi Productions (including Ouma was a seriously weird delight; you can read our exclusive interview with the film’s director, Iris K. Shim, here) will be sponsoring a full scholarship for the program, and you won’t be surprised to learn that she’s a big fan of Raimi and Azizi, the latter of which have played a key role in making this connection:
Zainab is amazing and beyond inspiring. Having worked from the mailroom to becoming president of a company working with one of the best genre directors in the world, while being so incredibly kind and supportive of women and such a strong advocate for storytelling and various representation. I am more than honored to have her on this program and know that our students will get a lot out of their time with her.
As for Raimi, Ovies adds:
As someone who was so heavily influenced by Sam Raimi as a young filmmaker, connecting with Raimi Productions and my school truly feels like a dream. I can’t wait to see what stories the next wave of female filmmakers will tell and the slow balance of screen representation that will begin as a direct result of more women and minorities making films.
If you want to learn more, head over to the EmpowHer Female Filmmaking series homepage from Rogue Studios and Lisa Ovies. here.