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LIM College to Serve as the Main Venue for the 2014 Women & Fashion FilmFest

LIM College will serve as the main venue for the 2014 Women & Fashion FilmFest (WFF). Part conference, part film festival, this five- day event will unite leaders in fashion, entertainment and media to support and empower women and girls.

WFF will include panel discussions with luminaries in fashion, film, television, magazines, and beauty; screenings of films made by both established filmmakers and high school and college students; workshops for girls, and a fashion show that will feature original designs from students. Click here for the full schedule.

Among this year’s confirmed participants are former Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley, filmmaker James Belzer (The Tents), who will offer an advance preview screening of his latest documentary, Make It in America: Empowering Global Fashion -- which examines the loss and subsequent re-invigoration of domestic apparel production in the U.S. -- Sundance Productions President Lauren Michalychshyn, Vimeo President Dae Mellencamp, and Fashion Director of US Weekly Sasha Charnin Morrison.

“Since our inaugural festival last year, we’ve gained much momentum in building awareness of our platform to empower women and girls. In addition to our stellar lineup of panels and screenings, I am especially excited about our new Girls Film Festival and the Girls Empowerment Fashion Runway, which are aimed at inspiring girls and giving them the chance to express their creativity and develop their skills and talents,” says WFF Executive Director Jeanine Jeo-Hi Kim, who was recently named U.S. Chair of MARITAGE International, a United Nations affiliated platform focused on empowering women and addressing poverty by creating employment opportunities for women artisans and artists.

Says LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “LIM College is delighted to serve as the main venue for the Women & Fashion FilmFest. We have been preparing students for successful careers in the business of fashion since 1939, so naturally we wholeheartedly support WFF’s mission as they create opportunities for, and support the professional ambitions of, girls and young women.”

On June 5, Dr. Nicole Kirpalani of LIM College's Marketing, Management & Finance Department will moderate a panel discussion on fashion and retail careers (3 pm) and Jacqueline Jenkins, Director of Graduate Studies, will moderate a discussion with James Belzer after the 7 pm screening of his film.

To inspire teenage girls to focus on leadership and contributing to society, the Girls Film Festival (GFF) will include a panel on June 6 at LIM College (6 pm), with top models talking about their philanthropic efforts, including Sessilee Lopez on her work with Operation Smile, Nykhor Paul on promoting peace in Sudan through her initiative “We Are Nilotic,” Grace Bol on The Roots Project, which teaches arts and crafts to South Sudanese communities, and Claudia Mason on women’s health. The program also includes the premiere of The Civic Life Project’s documentary on human trafficking, made by high schools students, as well as other short films made by teenage girls in partnership with several nonprofit organizations – including Reel Works and Scenarios USA.

For updates and a complete schedule of festival events, locations, times and participants, visit

For information on tickets for LIM College students, faculty and staff email