Wow, what a week!
If you came to this blog and read last week’s post you got a chance to be a part of the test screening of No Girls Allowed. Hollywood films have been screening to test audiences for many years. Studios hire “focus group” companies (for many thousands of dollars) to bring in people so they can measure what works in a film and what doesn’t.
I’m not a big studio. I’m just a writer who found a story that I thought needed to be remembered. Film has the power to reach many people, and so I decided to tell this story through film, as a documentary. For one moment in my life I stepped away from the role of writer to become a filmmaker.
If you’re an independent filmmaker you don’t have thousands of dollars for test screenings, so you rely on other ways to see how audiences will receive your film. That’s what I did this week, using this blog to reach a specific focus group: the alumni and extended community of Central High School.
I never expected such a huge response. The CHS community is amazing – and large! Intelligent, articulate, passionate, and involved. I thank you all for viewing the film, and for starting a conversation here in the comments you’ve made about your experiences, your feelings, and your thoughts about the 1983 gender integration of Central High.
This is just the beginning of the conversation.
No Girls Allowed now begins its journey as a film. We will be scheduling a screening in Philadelphia in 2013 to commemorate, and acknowledge those brave young girls who helped make co-education at Central High School a reality. If you are interested in being contacted about the screening, please let us know in the comment section on this website, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a member of the Press, please email us about a password-protected review screening on Vimeo.