Film edited by OPRF grad captures Women's March

Message of 2017 event still resonates, says film editor Alex Albers

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

A documentary film edited by an Oak Park native will debut on Amazon Prime and iTunes next year and a PBS affiliate in California in November. 

Alex Albers, a 2004 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, said the 28-minute film, "Women's March," was shot at the 2017 demonstration of the same name sparked by the election and subsequent inauguration of President Donald Trump. 

"I think the thing that most got to me was at the beginning of the day, people were marching for different reasons based on their experiences of the world, but by the end of the day, they were all marching together," Albers, 32, said in a recent interview.

The San Francisco-based freelance video editor said the film profiles six characters from five different cities. 

Albers said that even though the film was made last year (it took her roughly two to three months to edit), its message still resonates. 

"The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive," she said. "The film captures this big, deep moment in our lives. There was no ignoring what was happening as people were marching out in the streets." 

With even more mass demonstrations scheduled in the run-up to the Nov. 6 election, when a record-number of women candidates will be on ballots across the country, the film could serve as a tool "to keep the momentum going," Albers said. 

She said that people interested in hosting community screenings and discussions of the film can visit womensmarch.com.

"There's so much frustration happening with where we're at these days, with women being silenced and being made to feel incorrect or invisible," Albers said. "It is our time to let people know that this is not what's happening. We believe each other and there's a serious problem. We have to unify and fight back." 

CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com   

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