Wow, this spring has been crazy! We got videos from people aged 16 to 70 and from many corners of the world from Kenya to New Zealand. Thank you!
The film is now just under 20 minutes long with about 14 different stories of various lengths. I'm almost finished with the editing so I finally have some time to update you all on what's happening.
Drum roll, please...
Period Stories will premiere at #BreakTheBloodyTaboo
I recently found out that the 28th of May is now known as the International Menstrual Hygiene Day. Finnish menstrual cup brand, Lunette, is working towards having the day officially recognized by the UN. After all, the issues arising globally from the menstrual taboo are important human rights issues.
So on May 28th, Period Stories will premiere at an event Lunette is organizing in Tampere, called #BreakTheBloodyTaboo (Finnish: #RikoTabu). Finnish feminist advocate Rosa Meriläinen will kick off the event and after her speech, we will hit play for the first time in public. Yiks!
Lunette has also partnered up with The Cup (an awesome global campaign to help girls living in poverty deal with periods) in organizing a Facebook charity event where they will donate menstrual cups to Kenya based on the number of people attending. Join the event here.
Period Stories Will In Deed Go Harlem!
You may have seen my earlier post about the Unmentionables Film Festival in New York city this June. I'm thrilled to announce that Period Stories has been chosen as one of the films to be screened at the festival. Thanks to all the early birds who sent us videos!
Me and my production manager Jenni will be attending the festival. This is the first "real" film we've ever made and the very first festival screening of our film. This is all new to us and we're really excited.
Support the Distribution of Period Stories
Huge thank you to everyone who has supported us so far in spreading the word. You will soon have the opportunity to support us further in the distribution of the film by getting a pink Period Stories Supporter canvas bag with our epic logo, The Vulva Bomb by the rad Finnish artist Kirsikka Ruohonen. The profit will go towards entry fees to film festivals, Period Stories posters, and other marketing and distribution costs. I will keep you posted on that so stay tuned.
Update: Period Stories tote bags are here! Get yours now.
That's about it for now!
P.S. Remember the cup I ordered from MenstrualCup.co? I promised I would let you know what I thought about it and after using it once so far I can definitely tell you it frickin blew my mind. More on that to come.