The First Gutsy Gal Film Award Celebrated by Filmmakers - and Film Lovers!
In the 24 hours leading up to The Gutsy Gal Film Award - the event that has been a year in the making! - an unexpected blizzard wholloped the east coast threatening to prevent the arrival of filmmakers who were driving and flying into Great Barrington for the weekend; a technological snafu nearly shut down our screening to which over 100 guests had been invited; and our newly printed and delivered Gutsy Gal t-shirts suddenly began to run with blue dye! (they were re-printed, and re-delivered just in the nick of time) ...
But the show must go on - and it did!
Karen Allen joined Gutsy Gal founder Deborah Hutchison and award-winner Cathryn Michon in addressing the audience of over 100 attendees at the Daniel Arts Theater on Saturday evening March 21; the event was presented in conjunction with The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Awards were accepted in person by several of the filmmakers including (above, top photo) Katie Morrison, the lead actress from Imagine I'm Beautiful, accepting for Naomi McDougall Jones and Meredith Edwards; Marian Gagnon, writer/director of Ida Lewis; Cathryn Michon, writer/director of Muffin Top: A Love Story; Heather Taylor, writer/director of Breaking through the Clouds. The evening later transitioned into 90 minutes of laughter, with the screening of Michon's hilarious comedy, Muffin Top.
Sunday morning, Gutsy Gals teamed up with The Berkshire International Film Festival to host the screening of Breaking through the Clouds, the Gutsy Gal Award winning documentary by filmmaker Heather Taylor, above. The event was attended by over 50 guests at The Triplex Theater in Great Barrington, and followed by a Q & A with Taylor.
The Gutsy Gal Film Award Weekend made the headlines in local media .... and made us all proud of being there to recognize and encourage this amazing group of visionary women.