“Smile” Comedy Film Directed By Ashley Bush Starring Lark LeClear

By Mikel Fair / 6 months ago
Smile Jessica_Bates_Drink_Tip_Still Director Ashley Bush

Director Ashley Bush Returns to Texas With A Comedy Film

"Smile" Comedy Film Directed By Ashley Bush is a Houston Comedy Film Festival Official Selection screening April 14th, 2018 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Mason Park. Lark LeClear is the winner of the Houston Comedy Film Festival 2018 Best Actress Award for her performance in "Smile." Tagline "Catch the man of your dreams...for only 3 easy payments of $39.99!"

Smile Charlotte_Mask_Still Director Ashley Bush

Director's Biography: Ashley Bush

Ashley was born and raised in good ol’ Texas. She set off to New York City to attend Barnard College of Columbia University where she studied English and Film, with a focus in Women's Studies. At Barnard, she helped organize the first Athena Film Festival, a film festival that celebrates women leadership. After college, Ashley worked in documentaries through a production company called Stick Figure Productions, where she produced several documentary shoots. In 2014, she was hired to assist director Cary Fukunaga during pre-production and production of Beasts of No Nation filming in Ghana. Ashley is a recent (August, 2017) graduate from the MFA program at the University of Southern California’s school of the Cinematic Arts.

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Director's Statement: Ashley Bush

I was inspired to make 'Smile' after observing the continual pressures of young women to fit into what society deems as “feminine”. We see it everywhere – in ads, in politics, in the media’s portrayal of women. We are told everywhere that if we want to fit in, we must act a certain way and look a certain way to gain those universal feelings of love and acceptance. I won't lie -- I've fallen down my own rabbit hole of self-help videos. "Cross your legs every minute or two to draw attention to the part of the body that men like the most... the legs!" The legs? Since when---I thought it was the boobs?

I was most intrigued by the self proclaimed experts who profit from offering tips to women and girls on how to act in order to find a mate or be more physically "attractive" to that mate. It's as if they are the god and we are the minions that must follow their order or else...

The advice that's slapped in major magazines, blogs, popular books, etc ranges from absurd to sad. Women must continue to challenge the feminine beauty myth-- it's still happening 17 years after Naomi Wolf's 'The Beauty Myth'.

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About the author

Mikel Fair

My name is Mikel Fair. I am the Director of Film Festival Circuit Inc. First of all, we are a company that manages film festival events in Texas and Oregon. Furthermore, we like to have fun and celebrate independent film. I worked for 15 years in the television and film production as a location sound mixer and production manager. I have also worked in post production as an editor, post sound mixer and composer. Above all, watching independent films and reading creative screenplays is my passion.


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