Be inspired by The Goddess Project

A documentary by two aspiring filmmakers who travelled 10,000 miles interviewing 100 women, will be screened in Cork, writes JENNY REGAN
Be inspired by The Goddess Project
Holli Rae and Sara Landas, film makers behind The Goddess Project.

HAVE you ever thought about what holds you back from overcoming your fears and living your dreams? Have you ever wanted to step outside your comfort zone into the unknown to make an impact on the lives of others?

In the summer of 2012, Holli Rae and Sara Landas, two aspiring filmmakers based in Los Angeles, did just that when they packed their lives into a vegetable oil-powered school bus and hit the road for what would become the most transformative adventure of their lives.

Holli and Sara raised their target of $50,000 through a Kickstarter campaign and the result is a thought-provoking grassroots documentary entitled The Goddess Project.

Two Cork women, Joleen Cronin and Kathryn Moynihan, both artists in their own right, will host a special screening of The Goddess Project at Cronin’s Bar in Crosshaven next month.

The film documents Holli and Sara’s six month, 10,000 mile odyssey across America which aims to empower the female voice through interviews with more than 100 women, including mothers, healers, businesswomen and scholars about the life-changing experiences that shaped them to become who they are today.

Based on these multifaceted stories by women, the film deals with a broad range of topics, from overcoming obstacles of negative self-image, trauma and abuse to taking risks and pursuing dreams.

Kathyrn Moynihan.
Kathyrn Moynihan.

The documentary took four years to complete and scooped a WIFTS (Women’s International Film & Television Showcase) Award in 2014, unusually while the film was still at the post-production stage.

Kathryn Moynihan studied art and visual communications and worked full time in corporate graphic design for a number of years before becoming a yoga instructor. She has been teaching Yoga in Cork for the past 10 years.

Kathryn stumbled upon The Goddess Project trailer by accident at a time when she was re-evaluating her career purpose.

“It’s fascinating because I wasn’t particularly looking for a documentary produced by women about other women’s stories. I was just browsing online and came across the trailer. It just sort of fell into my lap.

“It’s strange because these past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about maybe getting back into art but the fear is so strong in me…but in pursuing something that isn’t necessarily lucrative, there is the worry that I’m not going to be able to pay my bills.”

The Goddess Project school bus.
The Goddess Project school bus.

Kathryn believes there is often an inner conflict in us between what we think we should do and what we might actually enjoy doing, and says that this is due in part to our linear way of living up to society’s expectations of us.

“I know people who are kind of stuck in jobs and who don’t have the courage to move out of their area to do other things and I feel that maybe if people see something in this documentary they might start to embrace living a little bit differently.

“I just wonder, do people question what they do? More importantly, do they even like what they do?”

Kathryn approached photographer and founder of the Irish Redhead Convention, Joleen Cronin with the idea of hosting a special screening of The Goddess Project at her family’s bar in Crosshaven.

“I actually hadn’t heard of it but did a little research online and thought it looked promising and felt that definitely there could be an interest in the film,” says Joleen, who runs Crosshaven Film Club throughout the winter from October to May at the bar/ restaurant.

Now in its 10th year, the film club features arthouse, indie, classic and Irish films and documentaries by converting the dining room into a little theatre on the first Monday night of each month during the winter season.

Joleen says that the pub is the perfect intimate venue: “It is lovely because it is something different for people to do. We have a little interval so that people can have a chat which creates a sense of community.

“Obviously, we get locals coming to watch films but we also get people from Passage, Monkstown, Myrtleville and surrounding places coming along and depending on the film we get people travelling from further afield too.”

Although the film was produced by women and is about women, Kathryn is keen to point out that the event is not a’ women-only event’ and that The Goddess Project may serve to inspire men too.

Joleen Cronin.
Joleen Cronin.

“A lot of work has yet to be done with both men and women in Ireland and around the world. I don’t think we love ourselves enough and our self-esteem can be pretty low at times. There is a kind of false confidence there but it is not coming from a genuine place. People in general are afraid to be vulnerable and afraid to admit their fears.”

Kathryn and Joleen hope that by Holli and Sara’s efforts at shifting the narrative through documentary film making, viewers will be left feeling creative, inspired and part of a community. “It might plant that seed of just maybe stepping into something creative as well as bringing a community together who feel the same way,” says Kathryn.

The filmmakers Holli and Sara share the same vision: “This journey has transformed who we are and how we see the world and we hope our film inspires other people to take a risk to live the life of their dreams!”

The Goddess Project will screen at Cronin’s Bar on Monday, September 4 at 8pm. Tickets €10, available on the night or from project-special- event-tickets- 36411388443

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