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melissadowler  Filmmaker, founder & feminist whose mission is to inspire and uplift. Making movies @longhaulfilms and empowering young female filmmakers @sheseesorg

I found myself, once, in a faraway place where I swam in the ocean and the sun never set and I whispered secrets to the sand dunes. #tbt 📷: @meghandavidson

“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost #happyfourthofjuly

I get to work (and walk the red carpet) with the best women in the world. #femalefilmmakerfriday

So insanely proud of all we’ve accomplished so far with She Sees! Please donate today to help us grow! #Repost @sheseesorg with @get_repost
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It was November, 2016 when filmmaker Melissa Dowler sat next to clinical social worker Cynthia Siadat at a networking event and they started talking about the idea for a program that could inspire and empower young women through filmmaking. That conversation became She Sees and in such a short time, our program has grown and evolved and had such a transformational impact- on the young women who participate and the mentors who generously donate their time to the program. Today we launch our first fundraising campaign, with the goal of raising enough money to bring She Sees to a second school in Los Angeles. We want more young women to learn that their stories matter, to experience positive collaboration with women from all backgrounds and walks of life, and to make a film that shows how they see the world. We are creating the change we want to see in the film industry, and for all young women. Donate to She Sees today and help power the future of female filmmaking! shesees.org/donate

Happy #femalefilmmakerfriday - one of the greatest joys of my life has been working with the young women of @sheseesorg and watching them blossom as they get behind the camera and start sharing their truth. Young women need to know that their voices matter and that they are the stars of their own story. We have our first fundraising event for She Sees this Sunday in Los Angeles... visit @sheseesorg for ticket information or drop me a note if you’d like to come and find out how you can help support the future of female filmmaking. #thefutureisfemale

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.” -Margaret Atwood

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 📷: @tomdowler #sprocketrocket

I woke up this morning feeling heavy and sad and realized that’s because it’s Father’s Day. This is a hard one for me, because I ended my relationship, for all intents and purposes, with my Dad a few years ago. I realized (after being shown many many times and somehow missing it) that he wasn’t the man I thought he was, and that I wasn’t prepared to have a relationship with the person that he really is. It sucks. And today it has me wondering: when a relationship ends painfully, is there ever a way to reclaim any of the good memories? Or will it be forever shadowed? When you realize a person is dishonest, it’s hard to look back without questioning everything, and going down that road doesn’t lead to anywhere good. So today I will try to remember the bike rides, pancakes shaped like M’s and endlessly quoting Top Gun together and not the other, ugly stuff. For those of you with awesome Dads, enjoy today. And for those of you who have lost yours for whatever reason, I see you and send you love.

Our essences, captured. Happy Friday, all!

That day back in March when we went bowling to celebrate @tomdowler’s birthday. It’s been one of those years where 3 months ago feels like a lifetime. #lomolca

I live for sunny June weekends wandering with these two. ❤️☀️🐶

I’m reading so many of you experiencing this wave of collective grief today, for people who brought so much beauty and inspiration to the world, and yet were ultimately overcome by its darkness. I think it strikes us to our core not only to lose people who inspire us, but to be reminded that the answers are hard to find. I tell myself I’m one project, one paycheck, one piece of external validation away from true happiness. But the truth is, those aren’t the things that fill us up and make us whole. If you’re struggling today, I send you love and understanding. And to those the world lost this week, Rest In Peace.

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