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Cathryn Michon Awarded Grand Prize of the 2014 Gutsy Gal Film Awards for Muffin Top: A Love Story
PALM BEACH, Florida (November 6, 2014) Cathryn Michon, the writer and director of Muffin Top: A Love Story, has been chosen the grand-prize winner of the 2014 Gutsy Gal Film Awards.
The award will be presented in conjunction with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers on March 21-22, 2015, at Bard College/Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Michon’s award is one of 11 total awards presented by Gutsy Gals Inspire Me®, a multimedia company that inspires women and girls across the globe to be healthy risk takers, courageous, and drive their own destinies.
“Muffin Top is an honest and hilarious examination of a topic that Hollywood generally ignores: real women's honest insecurities about their own bodies. Because of this fearless and truly entertaining film, and for being an authentic comedic voice about the lives of women everywhere, we are honored to present writer/director Cathryn Michon with this award,” said Deborah Hutchison, founder of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me.
According to a New York Times article (ArtBeat, March 11, 2014) only fifteen percent of Hollywood movies have women in lead roles, and the Huffington Post notes (April 20, 2013) that only five percent of films are directed by women. Gutsy Gals Inspire Me hopes to help bring the successful females in the film industry into the spotlight and inspire even more to follow their lead through their film awards.
“I care so much about telling authentic women’s stories, I put my fat on a movie poster. [Muffin Top] is a story about a normal woman with normal insecurities, the kind of woman mainstream showbiz likes to pretend doesn’t exist,” said Cathryn Michon. “I am particularly proud that this film is the first to have an all female sound team in romantic comedy history: a team of women soundtrack score artists, women composers and women performers.”
Writers and directors were called to submit their nominations for the 2014 Gutsy Gal Film Awards on the Gutsy Gal’s Facebook page, and the call for entries received the support of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The winners were chosen by a panel of jurists from across the country.
Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® is a multimedia company that inspires women and girls across the globe to be healthy risk takers, courageous in their actions, and drive their own destinies. Through an award program, an educational film venture, and online products, Gutsy Gals recognizes and promotes inspirational female role models by telling their stories. For more information, visit gutsygalsinspireme.com or facebook.com/gutsygalsinspireme.