Today, at the annual Smith College Club of Baltimore luncheon, I presented a sneak preview of my documentary, Book-Smithed, about the annual book sale run by this organization. It was a lovely event, and I was grateful for the very positive feedback I received.
I am even more grateful at the wonderful opportunity I was given to work with these amazing women over the past year. They do good work. I am especially grateful to Mary Anderson, the current President of the Smith College Club of Baltimore, without whose participation and involvement this film would not have been possible.
The film would also have been impossible to complete without the invaluable assistance, on camera, of two Stevenson University alumnae: Robin Farrell and Michelle Rossignol. I thank them both from the bottom of my heart.
Here is information on the book sale, and Smith College:
The Smith College Book Sale was started in 1959 by the Smith College Club of Baltimore to raise money for young women who could not otherwise afford to attend Smith. From then until now, the annual sale has raised enough money for a million dollar endowment, which pays for scholarships for two to three Maryland area women a year. This is the story of the women of the sale who work to help other women succeed.
Smith College was founded in 1871 as an academically rigorous single-sex women’s college for young women who would have been qualified to attend the nation’s top universities had those schools admitted anyone but men. Since then, Smith has continued helping young women achieve success.
My film is 20 minutes long, and profiles the history of the sale and the women behind it. While I am not making the actual film available yet – except at events like today’s sneak preview – since I first want to run the film festival circuit, you are nevertheless welcome to watch the trailer.
Tell me what you think, and if you know of any specific film festivals which might be especially interested in screening the film, please let me know!