The Art Effect’s “Santa Woman” was selected from hundreds of submissions from across the country as one of the top five finalists in the Tribeca Film Institute’s “The America I Am” Competition, which is presented by the Tribeca Film Institute, the National Park Service and The Statue of Liberty National Monument. It recognizes young filmmakers “that express unique perspectives on the American experience.”
The film was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival red carpet premiere at Ellis Island on April 19th, 2017.
“Santa Woman,” which was produced in a two-week film intensive in the winter of 2016 at Spark Media, tells the story of Christine Kringel, a young black woman entering a Santa competition, and addresses issues “regarding stereotypes and discrimination, while also challenging the representation of young black women in film.”
The Tribeca Film Institute provided youth producers a $1,000 production budget to re-shoot the film for the festival. The Spark Media youth producers worked with Stephanie Ching, their Tribeca filmmaking mentor, over the last two months “to increase the production value and enhance the artistry of the story.”
Santa Woman has been selected into: Tribeca Film Institute’s “The America I Am” Competition – Best Collaborative Film The Rockland County Film Festival – Award Winner Reel Expressions Teen Film Festival 2017 – 2nd Place The Chocolate City International Short Film Festival in Wisconsin