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World Premiere at CATE in Santa Monica

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World Premiere of Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise’ at CATE Film Festival April 30, 2017

Thelma and Louise At the Edge Again

Seattle, WA April 6, 2017—Far Beyond Film is delighted to announce that Cinema At The Edge film festival in Santa Monica, California, will host the World Premiere of Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise on April 30, 2017. CATE offers the perfect launching pad for a film about Thelma & Louise”— propelling it Over the Edge and Out into the World.

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise is a feature documentary about how women experience the world. It illuminates the classic journey of its namesake through film clips and intimate stories by filmgoers who saw Thelma & Louise in 1991. They guide us through the film, sharing their heartfelt responses, connecting past to present. They pose the question: Has anything changed?

Jennifer Townsend, a Seattle filmmaker, traveled around the country to make the film over a three-year period. Preview audiences praise it’s authenticity, power, and ability to capture the zeitgeist of our era. The trailer, history, shared stories, and blog entries may be found on the film website at www.CatchingSightOf.com

CATE is held at the beautiful Edgemar Center for the Arts, a Frank Gehry designed complex. The festival runs from Thursday, April 27th through Sunday, April 30th, followed by an Awards Ceremony and Closing Reception from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Sunday evening.

About Far Beyond Film

Far Beyond Film, LLC is a Seattle-based company focused on producing films with a relevant social message. Producer/Director, Jennifer Townsend, founded the company in 2014 with her first production goal clearly in mind: making a feature documentary about Thelma & Louise.

Thelma and Louise Found Alive

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Seattle filmmaker’s documentary about Thelma & Louise premieres April 30th

Seattle, WA April 13, 2017 – After years of searching, a Seattle woman claims to have found Thelma and Louise alive and well. The famous best friends were last seen in 1991, sailing across the Grand Canyon in a ‘66 Thunderbird. Jennifer Townsend, first-time filmmaker at the age of 78, tracked down the famous friends in different parts of the United States. She found them hiding in the hearts and minds of filmgoers who saw Thelma & Louise 26 years ago and wrote about what the film meant to them at that time.

Over the past three years, Ms. Townsend produced and directed the feature documentary, Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise. Participants in the film responded to a 1991 questionnaire seeking opinions on characters, scenes and themes in the iconic Thelma & Louise. The responses constitute ‘eye witness’ reactions to the film, which was strikingly controversial in the year of its release.

The filmmaker, who was also the long-ago researcher, decided to find some of the respondents and invite them to relate their impressions on camera. The result is a powerful, provocative, film, which takes viewers on a wild ride as they follow the journey of Thelma & Louise through the American southwest and into cinematic history.

The World Premiere of Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise will be hosted by Cinema At The Edge (CATE) film festival in Santa Monica, California on April 30, 2017. http://www.cinemaattheedge.com/ CATE offers the perfect launching pad for a film about Thelma & Louise — propelling it over the edge and out into the World.

To view the trailer, vignettes, feedback, and backstory visit the film website: https://catchingsightof.com/

About Far Beyond Film

Far Beyond Film, LLC is a Seattle-based company focused on producing films with a relevant social message. Producer/Director, Jennifer Townsend, founded the company in 2014 with her first production goal clearly in mind: making a feature documentary about Thelma & Louise.

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A powerful, intimate, and timely film, Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise dives off the edge, into the truth of women’s experience in the world.

A powerful, award-winning documentary, Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise dives off the edge, into the truth of women’s experience in the world. Clips from Thelma & Louise serve as a catalyst for personal stories by viewers who were impacted by the film in 1991 and wrote letters about it. Today the same women and men connect past and present, asking what, if anything, has changed in the way women are treated by the world.

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise had its beginnings in 1991 when Thelma & Louise blazed across theater screens throughout the country and around the world, creating a firestorm of controversy. Thelma & Louise was praised as an exhilarating prototype of female empowerment and freedom. It was condemned as an alarming specimen of toxic feminism and male-bashing.

At that time, some viewers responded to a national survey, sharing their visceral reactions to the film in letters and on audiotape. Twenty-five years later, the same viewers were tracked down by the filmmaker and invited to connect past to present. They revisit the protagonists’ journey, beginning with Thelma and Louise taking off for the weekend and continuing until they fly off the cliff at the end. Clips from the original film serve as a catalyst for intimate, personal stories of women’s experience in the real world.

Sometimes the participants disagree with their earlier selves and sometimes they disagree with one another. They consider whether societal changes have occurred in regard to the way women are treated and how they are expected to navigate a world designed by men.

Our guides provide depth and definition to what it is like to be female in a world where most of the power and institutions are controlled by men. Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise enriches the viewer’s appreciation of the reasons behind Thelma & Louise’s hold on popular culture. It is a film for women and the men who care about them.

One thing that really stands out to me in conversations with men after they have viewed Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise is how deeply they are moved by it. And while men, in general, have expressed a desire for other men to see this film, it is fathers who are particularly sensitive to the messages in the film.

Prior to having preview screenings, I thought of the film as a film ‘for women.’ And it is that. First, and foremost, it is a film about how women experience the world. That is what Thelma & Louise was about. At its essence, it was about how being female shapes and constricts and controls what women can and cannot do. But I came to realize that ‘Catching Sight’ is a film that brings home to men how unsafe the world is for women and how this lack of security affects the day-to-day choices women are forced to make in wending their way through the world.

When I was successful in locating women and men who had written to me in 1991 about Thelma & Louise, I was pleasantly surprised at how open they were to being in the documentary and appearing on camera. This was in total contrast to myself. I was comfortable in back of the camera and had no thought, whatsoever, of being in front of the camera. It was only when I realized there was no other way to convey the backstory that I consented to being in the film.

Not everyone I located as potential ‘voices’ wanted to be included in the project – not because they were shy or uncomfortable, but because they rejected who they were in the past, or didn’t want to voice criticisms of Thelma & Louise, or had been raped and didn’t want to revisit that experience, even in the silence of their own mind.

It is not possible to fully express my gratitude to the wonderful participants in Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise. Their openness, authenticity, and generous spirits give the film its power and poignancy. It’s tempting to say ‘the times we live in give it relevancy,’ but, truth be told, since its very beginning, Thelma & Louise has been, and remains, relevant to the times we live in.

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