What Women In Film Dallas Has To Say About SMG

For years Studio Movie Grill has opened their theater doors wide for Women in Film. They have been critically important in helping us carry out our mission to promote female filmmakers.  SMG has been a true partner by providing us with a venue to screen movies by women and by helping us to publicize the films we are screening.  Lynne McQuaker also recommends excellent films that we have in turn sponsored or promoted to our contacts. Whenever the public sees great movies by (or even about women), we help advance women in the industry and subsequently everywhere. The percentage of female filmmakers falls far below where it should be and the depictions of women in media are too often disturbing. SMG truly cares about our cause and demonstrates their commitment time and time again.  We are grateful every time, SMG says, “Yes” to another WIF.D screening. Our board, our members, and our guests always feel welcome at any location. We enjoy a good movie with tasty food and beverage – all for a good cause. What could be more fun?! And at every location, the staff is always courteous and accommodating. We treasure our partnership with Studio Movie Grill and look forward to many more years of collaboration. Together we have opened a lot of people’s eyes about what it means to be a woman in film or just a woman in general.
 
Lisha Brock, President
Women in Film.Dallas

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Women in Film.Dallas Mix & Mingle in lobby before screening (Courtesy: Lorie Valle)

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Q&A after Women in Film and Television International Showcase. Left to right – Lisha Brock (president of WIF.D), Courtney Ware, and Meredith Burke (Courtesy Michael Schulze)

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Q&A after Women in Film and Television International Showcase. Left to right – Lisha Brock (president of WIF.D), Courtney Ware (Courtesy Michael Schulze)

 

 

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SMG Brings Movie Night to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Studio Movie Grill has had an ongoing relationship with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and last month, that relationship became even more personal to SMG employees when they hand delivered toys from the Show You Care Bear drive directly to children in the hospital.

Following that outreach event, SMG Holcomb manager, Wayne Simpson recounts an initiative taken on by some staff members eager to keep giving to their community:

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Garrett Ivie of Studio Movie Grill Holcomb donned a self-made Iron Man costume for Movie Night at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“From the contact we made delivering the Teddy Bears last month we were invited back to host a movie day for the young patients.

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SMG Supervisor Karen Lopez, Server Sharon Orina, Manager Wayne Simpson, and Iron Man stop to pose for a photo.

One of our team members, Garrett Ivie, who was very creative, had made an Iron Man costume which he wore during our premier.  Birdie and I asked him to come today, as well as our Supervisor Karen Lopez, Server Sharon Orina to host the movie day for the kids.

There were so many stories today from patients we encountered at the hospital.  One young boy about 5 told Iron Man that he was his biggest fan and gave Garrett a big hug.  We encountered another group in the cafeteria having a cake.  Thinking it was their birthday, I brought our Iron Man over to their table.

After getting their pictures taken with Iron Man, one of them asked us to wait and then ran around the corner to the chapel coming back with his 30-40 year old son.  The man introduced us to his son, saying that this [son] was his Iron Man.

After posing with Garrett, the son told us how his son had lost his battle with cancer that morning and how Garrett had cheered him by being there.  So many of the kids ran up to meet him today.  It was amazing to put a smile on so many of those young kids for what has to be a difficult time in their lives.

Iron Man poses with doctors at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta.

Iron Man poses with doctors at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta.

I’m a very proud of our team and was humbled to have the privilege of being there as well.

We have made a commitment from our team here at Holcomb to host their movie day once a month.  From our end we are providing little gift baskets for the kids and simply being present to them to greet them and give them the baskets after the movie.  We may do some other costumed characters in the future as it was such a positive experience for the children.”

Iron Man and his two heroes in training

Iron Man and his two heroes in training