St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Southwest Parkway, Austin, Tex, United States

Connecther's Girls Impact the World Film Festival Awards (2017)

Sunday, April 09 at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Southwest Parkway, Austin, Tex, United States

03:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Announcing Connecther's Girls Impact the World Film Festival Awards (2017) with Presenting Sponsor, Eloise DeJoria!

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Join Connecther and Presenting Sponsor, Eloise DeJoria for The Girls Impact the World Film Festival Awards Ceremony on April 9, 2017 at 3 PM for an exciting afternoon of films, awards, speakers, and calls for social change through powerful storytelling.

Special guests will speak on engaging activists to create social change around the world. Films from the Girls Impact the World Film Festival will be screened.

We are looking forward to spending the afternoon with you.

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When:  Sunday, April 9, 2017

Time:  3:00 to 5:00 PM (Private reception to follow for VIP ticket holders) 

Where:  St. Andrews Dell Fine Arts Theater

Dress:   Smart Casual


Presenting Sponsor:


Eloise DeJoria:  Eloise is a presenting sponsor and finalist judge for the Girls Impact the World Film Festival. In addition to being the spokesmodel for Paul Mitchell, Eloise uses her time and talents to help people lead healthy, fulfilled lives. She focuses her efforts on recovery programs, the arts and promoting the rights and well-being of women and girls


Eloise's dedication to leading and promoting healthy living has inspired her to create a feminine and uplifting activewear line. Eloise DeJoria's new brand focuses on premium fabrics and flattering silhouettes that also offer extended sun protection and support. Bright colors and floral prints reflect the natural beauty of her blooming gardens, a constant source of inspiration. Let Love Bloom by starting your commitment to happy and healthy living.




Elizabeth Avellan (Producer) is the Co-Owner and Vice President of Troublemaker Studios and President of EYA Productions.  Troublemaker’s first feature was the 2001 hit “Spy Kids.” In addition to producing family and genre films that have collectively grossed over a billion dollars, she has played a primary role in developing Austin, Texas as a thriving film community.

Avellán began her producing career when she co-founded Los Hooligans Productions in 1991 with Robert Rodriguez as the two began their feature film project, “El Mariachi.”   Her next project was co-producing the film’s 1995 sequel “Desperado.” She followed up with co-producing “From Dusk Till Dawn” as well as its successful home entertainment sequels.  She also produced “The Faculty.”


During the past decade, Avellán has produced a dozen films including “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams,” “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,” “Sin City,” “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D,” “Grindhouse,” “Shorts,” “Predators,” and “Machete.”


Brooke Axtell: Brooke Axtell is the Founder and Director of She is Rising, a healing community for women and girls overcoming rape, abuse and sex-trafficking. Through her mentorship programs, retreats and workshops, Brooke helps survivors become leaders. She is passionate about inspiring young women to reclaim their worth and express their power to create a more compassionate world.

Her work as a human rights activist led her to speak at The 2015 Grammy Awards, The United Nations and the U.S. Institute for Peace. She is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (R.A.I.N.N.), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the U.S., and an Advisor for Freedom United, global initiative to end human trafficking.


Her work as a writer, speaker, performing artist and activist has been featured in many media outlets, including the New York Times, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal and CNN. Brooke has published several award-winning poetry books and released three CDs of original music to critical acclaim.


Sarah Jahaan Khan:  Sarah is an 18 year old from Islamabad who uses film and creative mediums to highlight innovations rural Pakistani women and girls use to combat the effects of climate change. At 15 she made her first film, Harvesting Hope, which won an award at the international Girls Impact the World Film Festival in Harvard. She was presented the award by environmentalist and actor Ian Somerhalder. 

Sarah has also been featured in BBCs list of the Top 100 Women of 2014 for her advocacy and filmmaking. Her new film, The Ripple Effect, is about how access to clean water has transformed the lives of women in Pakistan. It won first prize at a film festival in Harvard and has been officially shortlisted for over 13 film festivals in Kuala Lumpur, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Austin, Noosa in Australia, Sose (Armenia) and Princeton University. 


She has spoken on panels with distinguished Pakistani filmmakers and activists and she presented her film. In 2016 she developed a workshop model that aims to equip rural women and girls with the skills and knowledge needed to deal with the impacts of climate change. She was invited to present this model to the Asian Judiciary at the Asian Development Banks Judicial Symposium in Dhaka and Manila.





Ley Line’s debut album Field Notes is a vibrant collection of multilingual songs that traverse the landscape of global folk music. From Brazilian forró to Spanish healing songs, Swahili gospel to vintage pop, Ley Line’s sound braids the influences of people and places they’ve encountered.

The band chose their name from a poem that vocalist Kate Robberson used as an exercise in intuitive harmony during the band’s formation. Ley Line represents a segment of the larger tapestry in which they weave their independent journeys into a collective story, uniting audiences from around the world.

The four women of Ley Line first crossed paths in Colorado in 2013. After meeting at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a spontaneous adventure to the Piedra River hot springs marked the musical merging of Austinites Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez with twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek.

Ley Line’s sound is grounded in the dynamic harmony of the four members whose diverse musical personalities moves them fluidly across genres. Songs rooted in blues, soul, and folk are infused with rhythms from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. Vivid lyrics and innovative instrumentation express the peaks and valleys of the human experience.

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