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ConnectHer's Girls Impact the World Film Festival Red Carpet Awards 2017

St. Andrew's Dell Fine Arts Theater

5901 Southwest Pkwy, Austin, TX 78735

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Event Description

Announcing Connecther's Girls Impact the World Film Festival Awards 2017 with Presenting Sponsor, Eloise DeJoria and Special Performance By Faarrow!

Inspiring Global Change Through Women's Stories

Join Connecther and Presenting Sponsor, Eloise DeJoria, for the Girls Impact the World Film Festival Awards Ceremony on April 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM for an exciting afternoon of films, awards, speakers, and calls for social change through powerful storytelling.

We are looking forward to spending the afternoon with you.

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Date:  Sunday, April 9, 2017

Time: Doors open at 2:00 PM and program begins promptly at 3:00 PM (Private reception to follow for VIP ticket holders) 

Where:  St. Andrew's Dell Fine Arts Theater

Dress:   Smart Casual

Presenting Sponsor:

Eloise DeJoria 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.


Sanya Richards-Ross brought home her first 400m Olympic gold in 2012. She has been an imperative leader on the four-time World Championship and three-time Olympic gold medal 4x400m team. Named Visa Humanitarian of the Year in 2005, her namesake charity, the Sanya Richards Fast Track Program, benefits children in need in her native country Jamaica. After announcing her retirement at the 2016 Olympic Trials Sanya quickly joined the NBC Olympic broadcasting team. Alongside Ato Bolden, Sanya did the color commentating for all the sprinting events at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

Rebecca Dharmapalan is a 20-year-old artist, activist, and scholar born and raised in Oakland, California. Her work is focused around the issue of child sex trafficking and the abolishment of modern day slavery through creativity and solidarity. In 2013, Rebecca won Girls Impact the World Film Festival’s inaugural grand prize with her documentary on sex trafficking titled International Boulevard. Rebecca currently studies at UC Berkeley with focus in sociology, global poverty, and public policy. Her academic interests were sparked by her father who was born in Sri Lanka, a nation haunted by an unrecognized genocide. She is also the executive producer of ONX magazine and creative agency. ONX was founded with one mission: to curate and amplify the dynamic talent of Black and POC (People of Color) artists. Rebecca was recently recognized in Teen Vogue's "21 Under 21: Our Official Guide to Girls and Femmes Changing the World!"

Elizabeth Avellán 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 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. During the past decade, Avellán has produced a dozen films.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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.


Singer/songwriter duo Iman and Siham Hashi were born in Mogadishu, Somalia. Fleeing their homes to escape civil war, the sisters and their family relocated to Toronto, Canada as Refugees. Early into their teens, the sisters identified their music ability but told no one for fear of the cultural taboo. When they finally made the decision to pursue a music career, they moved to Atlanta, Georgia to begin their journey. Within six short months, the sisters caught the attention of Universal Motown. After sometime at the label and no debut, they decided it was time to move on (figuratively and literally). Iman and Siham then made the move to Los Angeles as free agents. Wasting no time, they were back in the studio crafting a new sound. Iman, meaning ‘FAITH’, and Siham, meaning 'ARROW’, gives light to their name FAARROW. Their music has evolved into a drum heavy fusion of World, Hip hop and Pop music. The sisters have recently inked a deal with Warner Bros Records and worked with producer Elijah Kelley on their debut EP, "Lost"! The duo recently performed at SXSW in the ContraBanned showcase. Iman and Siham also serve as U.N. Spokes People with the U.N. Refugee Agency and are actively involved with humanitarian efforts for organizations alike.

Ernestine Johnson 

Ernestine is a compelling actress, performance poet and event host. She is well known in the spoken word community, infamous for being uncensored and untamed on the microphone, speaking on matters dear to the heart. Her original spoken word piece Average Black Girl performed live on The Arsenio Hall Show, went viral with over 40 million views on the internet. Ernestine also performed live on the OWN Network’s hit show "It’s Not You It’s Men." She was the Red Carpet host for McKinley Presents Ent. in Las Vegas, conducting interviews with various celebrities which led to her hosting a sports segment on KCEP Power 88.1. Continuing her journey, Ernestine resides in Atlanta, Georgia changing the world one word at a time.


Ley Line 

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. 

Map of Event Location
Sunday, April 9th, 2017 3:00 pm –  5:00 pm