Tabatha Mudra is an artist with a purpose.
The photographer / videographer is part of a mostly-female team of filmmakers called 1310 Bandits. The Broward-based film crew consists of women from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and many, like Mudra, are part of the LGBT community. Having a female-led crew makes a difference.
“When leadership comes from a woman, we tend to get a fuller communication style and productivity empowering them,” Mudra said. “Where they may not have had the same roles at male-dominated sets.”
Inclusion is a big part of Mudra’s mission both onscreen and off. Mudra holds her work to high standards—it must pass the Bechdel Test that evaluates the portrayal of women in film and the Vito Russo Test that examines LGBT representation in movies.
1310 Bandits recently made a film "Kali Mah Tina" reflecting and honoring those we lost during the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Future screening locations include Provincetown and South Florida.
“This is a special movie. Because it was a hyper-speed cinema challenge, we had only 48 days to write, cast, produce, shoot and edit it,” Mudra said. “We want to be inherently now. Unfortunately, the theme of mass shootings is not a part of our past in Florida.”
Stay up to date with Mudra on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @1310bandits.
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