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This is a background of what we have done. We need your help to complete the film.
“When my mother was dying of pancreatic cancer, my sister and I found a pair of new red
heels in her closet. We showed them to her. My mother’s eyes sparkled. She sat up, cradled those shoes and talked about getting better and dancing in those shoes. Sadly, she never recovered. But for a brief moment it was those shoes that offered her, and us, hope. For years, I’ve wondered why shoes mean so much to women.”
SOLE SISTERS is a documentary film that recognizes women’s experiences with love, identity, and power as seen through stories about their shoes.
Women across ethnicities and economic levels share a passion for shoes, but why? As status symbols, shoes can express hope and aspiration. Women wear them with fluidity to express identity, changing from little girl to princess with a switch from Maryjanes to glass slippers: the Cinderella story.
Our vision is to use SOLE SISTERS to raise up and empower women of diverse ages, ethnicities and economic class by giving voice to all these women. Many of them are women whose voices often go unheard.
Domestic violence victims, female inmates, teenage mothers, incest survivors, former sex-trade workers, and senior citizens talk about body image, confidence, and the experience of having cancer or another life-threatening disease. They tell stories about relationships; friend, spouse, mother-daughter; and about motherhood itself.
The stories were gathered from many sources, including interviews with women who attended art and writing workshops run in cooperation with the Dallas County Jail and with girls from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Women from Girls, Inc., Alley’s House and The Senior Source were also interviewed. Finally, stories were captured in a “Shoe Confessional” booth installed at the Dallas Museum of Art and at Neiman Marcus, and through a Facebook contest.
SOLE SISTERS was performed as a play–SHOE CONFESSIONS–to sold-out audiences at the Festival for Independent Theaters in Dallas.
Media Projects was founded in 1978 by award-winning filmmakers Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell, who have made over 40 films. Media Projects produces and distributes movies that personalize complex social issues. Much of their work focuses on women, including DREAMS OF EQUALITY, which tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention; SISTERS of ’77, about how the second wave of feminism began, and FUNNY WOMEN, a film about female comedians commissioned by the Women’s Museum in Dallas. They have chronicled the struggles of four African American teenage girls growing up in a public housing project in BEAUTY IN THE BRICKS and BEAUTY LEAVES THE BRICKS. The Mondells’ films have aired nationally on PBS and cable networks such as Independent Lens, the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and The Jewish Channel, and have won numerous awards, including two Lone Star Emmys, a Gracie Award, Cine Awards, a Women In Film Topaz award, and The Lois Weber Award.