Women, sports take center stage at Oakland film festival


Louis LaVenture,

The Women Sports Film Festival will make its return today, running through Oct. 1, at Oakland’s New Parkway Theater on 24th St.

The festival screens documentary films by and about female athletes and storytellers. This year there will be seven feature films, sixteen short documentaries; 18 different sports will be profiled through the films.

According to the festival’s Founder and Director, Susan Sullivan, guests will include former WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw, seven-time world champion biker Rebecca Rusch and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, the first basketball player to play in a hijab.

“From pay equity to religious freedom, our films touch on many of the most urgent issues impacting women and girls today,” Sullivan said. “Our goal is to energize and inspire with this year’s program that showcases badass women smashing stereotypes and breaking barriers.”

The festival was funded primarily through the fundraising website Kickstarter, where they raised $27,000, according to Sullivan.