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Speed Sisters! Snap Judgment, “Run for it!”

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SPEED SISTERS rolling into theaters and onto iTunes in the U.S.

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We’re thrilled to announce that SPEED SISTERS will make its U.S. theatrical and digital premiere on February 10th, 2017. The release comes on the heels of a roaring international festival tour and global release on Netflix, theaters and TV.

Catch SPEED SISTERS U.S. premiere screenings in New York at Cinema Village (Feb 10-16), in San Francisco at The Roxie Theatre (Jan 27 – Feb 2), in New Orleans at Zeitgeist (Feb 10 – 16), and in other cities coming soon. We hope to see you in NYC opening weekend for Q&As with filmmakers and guests!

SPEED SISTERS will be released nation-wide on iTunes on February 10th. Pre-order your copy of the film and soundtrack today!

Please join us at a screening, if you can, or check us out on iTunes. If you’d like to organize your own screening, please be in touch.

Once you’ve seen the film – or if you already have – please help us spread the word! Leaving a review and rating on iTunes, Rotten Tomatoes and/or IMDB is really helpful and very much appreciated.

Here’s what critics have been saying about SPEED SISTERS:

“An eye-opening doc that succeeds in its goal of shattering stereotypes.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A spirited, crowd-pleasing portrait.” – IndieWire

“Kinetic.” – Sports Illustrated

“Nothing will make you want to get behind a steering wheel faster.”- Glamour

“Speed Sisters shows the magic of daily life in Palestine despite the reality of ongoing military occupation.” – The Huffington Post

“Strikes a perfect balance, telling a righteous, uplifting story of triumph against the odds without ever losing sight of the bigger political picture.” – Time Out London

It’s been a hell of a ride. Thank you for your support!

Please join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and to help spread the word.

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Speed Sisters – The Film // US Premiere!

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We are thrilled to announce that SPEED SISTERS will have its U.S. premiere in New York city on Saturday, November 14 at 2:00pm at DOC NYC – America’s Largest Documentary Festival!

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After launching in Toronto at Hot Docs in April, the film has screened to glowing response at leading film festivals around the world. We cannot wait to come back to the U.S. to celebrate the launch of the film with the many people who believed in and supported this project. In particular we are grateful to the community of supporters at Lime Rock Park, and our dear friends at Gearhead Girls and Spyder Creations, who have rallied behind the film and helped make it possible. We are incredibly thankful for your vital support and look forward to celebrating this exciting milestone with you!

Please join us at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 14th at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan for our U.S. premiere screening, followed by a Q&A.

SPEED SISTERS at DOC NYC
Saturday November 14 at 2:00pm
SVA Theatre
333 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011

Tickets:

http://docnyc.net/film/speed-sisters

DOC NYC Group Discounts:

Groups of 10-50 are eligible for the discounted rate of $14 per ticket, subject to availability. To arrange group sales, contact Chris Wells christopher.wells@ifccenter.com.

PLEASE PROVIDE A PHONE NUMBER ON THE EMAIL. Tickets must be purchased in a ONE block (i.e. all in one payment) via credit card. (Please note DOC NYC cannot accept credit card information over email.) Tickets purchased at the group sales discount are strictly nonrefundable and will be left at the IFC Center box office for pick-up under a single name. You will need to arrange to have your tickets distributed; the box office is not able to keep a will-call list of individual names.

We look forward to seeing you at the screening!

Speed Sisters Tear up Toronto!

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As many of you know, we have been fans of the Speed Sisters since they captured our spirits and hearts at Lime Rock Park on March 3, 2014. Now, with the official release of the documentary, Speed Sisters, they are on the world stage, sharing their story with audiences across the globe, smashing stereotypes and winning more hearts along the way.

We had the honor of being in Toronto on April 29th to attend the International Premiere along with the cast and crew. The spotlight was bright . . .

Below are some of the reviews and the Official Trailer! And there are some special thanks at the bottom of this post to the wonderful people we met during our travels . . .

The Hollywood Reporter – click here for the full review
“Delivering a lively portrait of its trailblazing subjects….Speed Sisters is an eye-opening doc that succeeds in its goal of shattering stereotypes”

Indiewire – click here for the full review
Speed Sisters listed by Anthony Kaufman in Indiewire as one of the 8 great discoveries at Hot Docs! He says: “On the surface, this chronicle of a team of Palestinian female racecar drivers looks like your standard crowd-pleasing competition documentary, transplanted to the Middle East with a feminist spin. And while it is that, it’s also a refreshing stereotype-breaker and a vivid illustration of the diversity of the Palestinian experience.”

Toronto Film Scene – click here for the full review
“This documentary offers up a dynamic picture. . . These women are inspiring, intelligent, and very admirable because of their determination.”

Cinefilles – click here for the full review
“ . . . what’s incredible is how Fares manages to tell that story, the story of continuing struggle between nations, through these women and their attempts to become the “Fastest Female Driver” in Palestine . . . The Speed Sisters themselves should be considered the true heroines here, as they not only opened up their lives to Fares and her cameras, but continue to live them at full speed without any real protection. These girls are living fast, furious and fearless, and you’d be remiss not to race to see them action.”

Indiewire – click here for the full review
“While Vin Diesel and co. are crushing the box office with “Furious 7,” thanks to the franchise’s increasing series of improbable mega-stunts, nothing beats the real thing. In an unlikely part of the world, an even unlikelier group of drivers are making waves with their skills behind the wheel.”

Hot Docs: ‘Speed Sisters’: Fast and furious on West Bank

IMG_9124Metro News Toronto editors pick Speed Sisters as two of the best films to see at Hot Docs!

New Canadian Media – click here for the full review
“…it provides a glimpse into the present day life in Palestine, which is beyond the monotonous narrow portrayal often shown in the mainstream news. And yet, its foray into the subject of women in sports is of universal relevance.”

Vice.com – click here for the full review
“It’s Palestine as you’ve never seen it before, and it’s certainly not the image of Middle Eastern women presented in mainstream Western media.”

Indiewire – click here for the full article
Amber Fares: “Never take no for an answer and trust your instincts — especially first-time filmmakers. There is no set way to do anything. Trust your instincts and act on that.”

Indiewire – click here for the full article
Amber Fares: “You have to be open to change and what’s unfolding in front of you.”

We also want to thank all of the wonderful people we met on our journey to Toronto. You made this solo adventurer feel welcomed and part of the family. Looking forward to coming back soon with friends!

Windows” by Jamie Kennedy, Niagara Falls. Thank you, Corey!
Niagara Parks – simply stunning
The Harbour House Hotel – Niagara on the Lake. Sumptuous living
The Hob Nob Restaurant – Niagara on the Lake. Divine cuisine and dessert!
Dillon’s Distillery – 22 Botanicals! Thank you Whitney and Corey!
Kew Vineyards – outstanding atmosphere, people and wines. BLANC DE NOIR! A White sparkling wine from a red grape! Be still my taste buds!
Hilton Toronto – Simply wonderful people here. Thank you Mary Tibaldi (miracle worker), Takar, and all the valet staff who cared for the orange beast as if it were their own!
Nota Bene – the name should be spoken in hushed tones as the atmosphere, cuisine, sprits, desserts and staff will take your breath away. Taylor, Alex, Alanna, Geoff – brilliant. The only Riesling (“Sand and Gravel” Ravine Vineyard but exclusive to Nota Bene!) I have not just enjoyed, but have been swept away by. Not to be missed. PS Nota Bene, we might never have found you if not for Laurie R’s recommendation. She deserves a free meal and the Sand & Gravel at every visit!
Richmond Limousine Service – Another Mary Tibaldi Miracle! Thank you Fred and Michelle. And huge thanks to my driver, Me Umar, who not only made certain the Orange Beast got nestled back at the Hilton safely and soundly, but also saw to it that the rest of the entourage got back to the TIFF after mistakenly following him away from the theater drop off!
Parlour Foods – No better spot for an International Premiere after-party . . .

Speed Sisters Official Selection – Toronto Hot Docs!

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We are thrilled to announce that Speed Sisters has been selected to take part in the prestigious Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto! We will premiere on April 29 and continue building momentum with several additional screenings, including an educational screening with the wonderful Docs for Schools program.

Get your tickets today and please spread the word!

Speed Sisters screenings at Hot Docs
Wed, Apr 29 6:15 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
Thu, Apr 30 7:15 PM – Hart House Theatre
Sat, May 2 4:00 PM – Isabel Bader Theatre

If you are planning on coming, or have any ideas of organizations in Toronto that we can invite to our screenings, please let us know! Send us an email at film@speedsisters.tv

Thank you to all of our partners for helping us arrive at this milestone. We are tremendously grateful and could not have done it without you. Special thanks to: Sundance Institute, Doha Film Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Minerva Productions, International Media Support, Whitewater Films, PMA Worldview, Puma/Britdoc, GoodPitch, Gearhead Girls Racing, Spyder Creations, The British Consulate General in Jerusalem, Ray of Light Foundation, Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, and The Lime Rock Park Drivers Club. Special thanks to the many many backers of our Tilt and Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns!

We look forward to bringing the film to a screen near you all soon!

We’ll be announcing more festival screenings shortly. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for behind the scenes looks at festivals and breaking announcements!

“Speed Sisters” World Premiere: The Toasts of DOHA!

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The spotlight was bright and the world premiere of the Speed Sisters film at the 2nd Annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival dazzling. We hope you enjoy the clip below of the red carpet ceremonies and some of the glowing reviews the film has garnered so far. Thank you for all of the tremendous support. Now let’s celebrate!

Screen Daily    albawaba    The National    Huffington Post    Middle East Events    Photos from the Red Carpet

 

Special thanks to a great group of local individuals and organizations who were moved into action to support these  determined women and help bring their story to the world stage: Lime Rock Park, The Lime Rock Park Drivers Club, PaddockScene, Brimlight Caps, Mati Milstein, The Falls Village Inn, Renee Dupuis, Vicki O’Connor, Lyn St James, Shea Holbrook, Ben and Rob Edwards of Spyder Creations and all of the following friends and fans of GHG who made generous donations to fund this film:

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Darren B
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Ellen, Sam, John & Judy P
Frank R
Gunther M
Heather C
Jim C
Joe C
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Kathy C
Kim E
Lee Ann J
Lisa J
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Tom R

The Whole World Watched . . . and Took Action!

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148% funded! $88,800 raised! 439 Backers!

We want to share with our entire community the special world-wide thanks from the Speed Sisters for what YOU have done to support this project.

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THANK YOU! Thanks to 430+ backers, we met and passed our goal of $60k to finish the edit! Inspired by the surge made by our many supporters, father & son team Ben and Rob Edwards of Spyder Creationswww.spyder550.com have given an additional $25k to our campaign to fund further work on the film!

The support of our many backers inspired our new friends, who have been watching our campaign. As makers of historic re-recreations of Porsche 550 Spyders, Ben and Rob have a passion for racing “back in the day” when cars were cars, and drivers were drivers. They’ve seen a special kind of drive in the Speed Sisters, and in the collective effort of our film team and campaign backers, that reminded them of this spirit.

Thank you to Ben and Rob! We can’t wait to meet you and to take a spin in those cars!

Thank you to Stephanie Economu of gearhead girls racing for making this introduction, and so many others.

We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement that we’ve received from hundreds around the world! Backers have stepped forward to support the film from Palestine, France, Canada, United States, UAE, Switzerland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Finland, Bahrain, Great Britain, Lebanon, Ireland, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Jordan, Luxembourg, Egypt, Norway, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Cape Verde. We are so grateful! We are inspired and energized. Thank you.

Special thanks to gearhead girls racing for helping us find our line!

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“Courage Needs Witnesses”

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content Our dear friend, Sam, has often quoted, “Courage needs witnesses.”*

We support Speed Sisters – The Film so that the entire world can witness the courage of these ladies. We believe in courage. We believe in the Speed Sisters. And we celebrate the ideal of a world of Speed Sisters and Speed Brothers.

gearhead girls racing, the Lime Rock Park Drivers Club, PaddockScene and The Falls Village Inn thank all of those who support the Speed Sisters – together we smash stereotypes and help influence the world closer to that ideal.

Find out more about their remarkable story here, courtesy of the wonderful Sue Sanders of MSA: http://www.volunteersinmotorsport.co.uk 1 new msa

3 days left to donate!!! Please show your support at https://donate.speedsisters.tv/race-to-the-finish

Join The Speed Sisters on Facebook and Twitter to follow progress on the film and get behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the film.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/speedsistersthefilm

Twitter: @speedsisterfilm #speedsisters

Website: www.speedsisters.tv

Email! film@speedsisters.tv

Speed Sisters trailer: http://vimeo.com/67320083
Rocking clip on the track: http://vimeo.com/92715933
 
*The Nun’s Story is a 1959 Warner Brothers film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft.

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Fuel Speed Sisters to the Checkered Flag!

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mona-2Dear Friends,

Thanks to those who have contributed the Speed Sisters Documentary so far! Thanks to you gearhead girls racing is 25% of its way to our goal of raising $20k for the Speed Sisters!

On top of that, our group is responsible for 30% of the total funds raised so far towards the Speed Sisters’ ultimate goal of $60k. Thank you.

The campaign is in the home stretch and there are only 36 days remaining. Remember, donations are US tax-deductible. You can find out more about the campaign here:

Donate today at: https://donate.speedsisters.tv/race-to-the-finish

For those of you who contribute, please drop me a note by clicking here and include the amount of your donation so we can track our progress!

Thank you for your past generosity and your consideration on this home stretch. We are all Speed Sisters.

501(c)(3) FISCAL SPONSOR / US TAX DEDUCTIONS

Crowdhoster will send your contribution directly to WOMEN MAKE MOVIES, a 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization registered with the New York Charities Bureau of New York State. As the fiscal sponsor of SPEED SISTERS, Women Make Movies accepts donations or grants on behalf of the project and is responsible for administering the funds received in support of the development and completion of this production.

Your contribution, minus the value of any goods you receive as perks, is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. You will automatically receive a receipt by email when you make a contribution.

gearhead girls (and guys!) of All Nations Unite

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Fresh off of our event hosting Speed Sister Marah Zahalka at Lime Rock Park and the Falls Village Inn on March 3rd, gearhead girls racing has been asked to help raise some of the additional funds needed to bring the Speed Sisters documentary to the big screen.

Speed Sisters’ goal is to raise $60k in 60 days. gearhead girls racing is determined to raise $20k, or 1/3rd of that overall target!

If anyone can do it, we can! Together we can make small (and large!) US tax deductible donations add up fast if there are enough of us to help.

My ask to each of you is to tap into that same spirit that raised $1500 at the Falls Village Inn on March 3rd. To get us started on this “race to the finish,” gearhead girls racing has gifted a matching $1500 contribution to the Speed Sisters documentary. Enough to push Speed Sisters over the $5,000 milestone!

For those of you who contribute, please drop me a note by clicking here and include the amount of your donation so we can track our progress!

Donate today athttps://donate.speedsisters.tv/race-to-the-finish

Thank you for your past generosity and your consideration on this final sprint. We are all Speed Sisters.

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501(c)(3) FISCAL SPONSOR / US TAX DEDUCTIONS

Crowdhoster will send your contribution directly to WOMEN MAKE MOVIES, a 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization registered with the New York Charities Bureau of New York State. As the fiscal sponsor of SPEED SISTERS, Women Make Movies accepts donations or grants on behalf of the project and is responsible for administering the funds received in support of the development and completion of this production.

Your contribution, minus the value of any goods you receive as perks, is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. You will automatically receive a receipt by email when you make a contribution.

By supporting this film you join the global community of Speed Sisters (and Brothers!). It takes a community to make a film. Thankfully, we have the best community around! Please help Speed Sisters get to the finish line. All donations – no matter how big or small – help.

Donate today athttps://donate.speedsisters.tv/race-to-the-finish

Recap of the press received at our March 3rd event at Lime Rock Park and the Falls Village Inn:

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Courtesy of Car and Driverhttp://blog.caranddriver.com/speed-sisters-the-middle-easts-first-all-female-race-team

Courtesy of Fox News Connecticut: http://foxct.com/2014/03/03/speed-sisters-come-to-connecticut/

Courtesy of Rural Intelligencehttp://www.ruralintelligence.com/index.php/parties_section/parties_articles_parties/lime_rock_park_and_falls_village_inn_salute_speed_sisters

Courtesy of The Speed Sisters and Eric Allegrettihttp://vimeo.com/user5087363/ghgspeedsisters

Courtesy of Robin Hood Radiohttp://youtu.be/lmPnR7J3XtU

 Courtesy of Robin Hood Radio: Live interview with Marshall Miles

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