Official Selection – Hoods

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Upon finding her beloved Grams dead, Scarlet must unravel truths about Grams torrid past in order to carry on her legacy.

Key Crew: Maja Aro, Louisa Phung, Jeffery Aro

Key Cast: Eva Bourne, Aleks Paunovic, Gabrielle Rose, Ty Olsson

You can view Hoods at our 4th annual Women in Cinema in San Francisco August 26th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.
About the Director

Maja Aro is an emerging filmmaker from Vancouver, BC. She began her career in film as a professional stuntwoman. Maja’s over decade long career has taken her around the world working on well-known Hollywood blockbusters (Red, Twilight Saga, The Cabin In The Woods, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and hit TV shows (Once Upon A Time, Supernatural, Smallville) alike.

Maja grew up in Williams Lake BC, and as a child and young adult was an internationally competitive downhill ski racer, national level downhill mountain bike racer and provincial level equestrian. Such skills gave her a good base when she began pursuing a career as a stuntwoman. She originally was pursuing a career as a fashion designer as making a career as an athlete didn’t seem like a viable option until she discovered stunts, and then promptly changed the direction of her training and career path. She still sews for passion, and usually designs and creates her own outfits for events and her films.

Maja has been nominated for three UBCP awards for “best stunt”, in 2012 for her work on True Justice, and in 2014 for her work on The Tomorrow People, and in 2015 for her work on Supernatural. Maja was also nominated for a 2014 Taurus World Stunt Award for “best stunt by a stuntwoman” for her work on Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. In 2015 Maja was honored with the Stunt Warrior Award from the Artemis film festival celebrating her work as a stuntwoman.

In 2015 Maja made the jump behind the camera co-directing/producing two short films. The first, FIZZ, was created as part of the Run ‘N’ Gun 48 hour film competition, and won best sound design and best cinematography. The second, Blood, premiered at the 2016 Vancouver International Women In Film Festival. Maja has just completed her first solo film Hoods the 2015 MPPIA short film funding award winner, which she wrote and directed. As a part of being the winning film, Hoods will premier at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival.

Maja is currently stunt coordinating season 6 of ABC’s Once Upon A Time. She is completing a graphic novel “Amazone”, developing a feature film, and just returned from Kathmandu,Nepal with WaterAid Canada.

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Women in Cinema

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We are very honored to be celebrating our 4th annual Women in Cinema showcase. These films from around the world feature leading ladies on and off the screen in key positions. In the past, we’ve screened 6-8 short films at this event. This year, we are excited to announce we’ll be showcasing 13 films from around the world. We’ve broken up the showcase into two programs to accommodate the increase in films. There will be a 5:30p program and a 7:30p program on Sunday, August 26th, 2018. At the end of each program, we will conclude with a Q&A with the Filmmakers in attendance. Those with stamina can join us at the after-party at a nearby location for libations and networking.

Warning: content may contain violent scenes, nudity, and profanity. Must be 18+ to attend.

Date: Sunday, August 26th 2018

The Venue: SAFEhouse Arts Theater145 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA (Union Square)
SAFEhouse Arts Theater (Saving Arts from Extinction) for the Performing Arts is an artist’s cooperative with a special focus on contemporary dance and provides creative space for a diverse range of Bay Area artists through residencies, events, skill-building and leadership. Their work is dedicated to promoting arts education and building a vibrant and inclusive San Francisco arts community. More info

5:30p Program Lineup

“Stationary” Jeanne Boyé | Drama
“Princess Pussy” Renee Sevier | Comedy
“Control” Kimmy Gatewood | Dramedy
“I’m Not Sure Today” Siraya Saicheua | Drama
After” Emily Ann Scott | Horror
“CUBE” Zhana Gali | Drama
“Trail Past Prejudice” Shruti Tewari  | Drama

7:30p Program Lineup

Hoods” Maja Aro | Sci-Fi, Drama
“The Ties That Bind” Eon Song | Drama
“Maggie” Lindsay Kampenhout | Dramedy
“Abide” Molly Vernon | Drama
“DARE” Manuela Vasquez   | Sci-Fi, Action
“Annabelle Crane” Wyatt Lake | Drama

All Access Pass $125 Buy Now
Includes: VIP access to both programs, snack pack, swag bag, keepsake program, access to after party and 2 drink tickets to after party.

VIP 5:30p Program $50 Buy Now
Includes: VIP access to 5:30p program, snack pack, swag bag, keepsake program and access to after party.

VIP 7:30p Program $50 Buy Now
Includes: VIP access to 7:30p program, snack pack, swag bag, keepsake program and access to after party.

General Admission 5:30p Program $20 Buy Now
Includes: access to 5:30p program, mini snack pack, keepsake program and access to after party.

General Admission 7:30p Program $20 Buy Now
Includes: access to 7:30p program, mini snack pack, keepsake program and access to after party.

*While supplies last

5:30 Program Doors open at 5:15pm and program starts promptly at 5:30pm.

7:30 Program Doors open at 7:30pm and program starts promptly at 7:45pm.

**Terms and Conditions: All ticket holders are responsible for their own well being. Pictoclik reserves the right to refuse service and entry at any time. No refunds will be issued at any time, but tickets are transferable.