“It was a whirlwind of activities and films and allowed me to feel part of a community. That was the first time I experienced that. Thank you for making this such a cherished experience.”

Those are the words of Leslie Shampaine, director of “Call Me Dancer,” one of CASCADIA’s 2023 Festival Official Selections. Her documentary feature about a young Mumbai street dancer who becomes a ballet dancer, was an audience favorite at the 2023 Festival. 

Shampaine almost didn’t attend CASCADIA. She was so tired  and financially and emotionally stressed from making her film. But she left CASCADIA with close friendships and a weekend she’ll never forget. “At CASCADIA’s Directors’ Brunch hearing another filmmaker express what I feel, after five years of grueling work to make my film, made me feel less traumatized. People see a final product but don’t see the seat and tears it takes to create a film. …I’m not alone.”

CASCADIA, now entering its eighth festival season, is dedicated to showcasing films directed by women from around the world. 220 of them since our first festival.  By bringing women directors together in Bellingham for the spring festival, we create a sense of community and support that continues long after the festival ends.

Shampaine, above, talks about documentary filmmaking during a panel discussion at CASCADIA’s 2023 festival.

You help us continue these efforts when you contribute $100 to the Centennial Circle, begun in 2019 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

As a thank you for your support, every Centennial Circle donor will receive a code for a complimentary ticket to watch the online screening of “Kuessipan” on the weekend of your choice.

Make your donation now. Any amount is appreciated to further the work of the festival in supporting women directors and bringing to our audience the stories they tell through the media of film.