#Film&Friends Presents: The Language of Laughter w/Reilly Dowd

November 15, 2016

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

2439 18th St NW


Drinks, screening and discussion with D.C.-based filmmaker Reilly Dowd. Reilly will introduce a rough cut screening of her film focused on two remarkable young women—a Slovakian clown named Timea and a Syrian refugee named Hanadi. One, on a mission to spread laughter, the other, convinced she would never laugh again. Reilly would appreciate feedback and discussion from the audience on getting from a rough cut to a fine cut.

Set on the doorstep of a modern-day battlefield, it’s an inspirational story about survival and humanity. As we move into post-production, we need your help to share the power—and lessons—of what we have seen.

About the Director and Producer
Reilly Dowd spent the last year directing and producing her first feature documentary film, “The Language of Laughter,” set in Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee Camp, located just a few miles from the Syrian border. Having visited more than fifty countries on four continents, exploration has fostered in her a passion for culture and storytelling.

Reilly graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where she studied international politics and investigative journalism. Her passion for documentaries led her to start a student club called ‘Hoyawood’, which brought compelling films—and their messages—to campus. With the vision of building a bridge between Hollywood and Washington, Reilly organized and hosted a series of screenings and panels with filmmakers, young leaders and policymakers.

During her time in Washington D.C., Reilly has worked at CNN, ABC News, SnagFilms, The Fiscal Times as well as for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Obama White House.

After graduating, she went on to attend the SIGM program at Stanford Business School where she focused on entrepreneurship and the basics of starting a company. She later returned to Washington, D.C. as a production assistant/associate producer at Al Jazeera America, where she participated in the launch the network’s flagship current affairs program, ‘America Tonight.’


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