Documentary On Redheads, aka ‘Ginger Girls’ You Need To Know About

By Alexia Anastasio

Alexia-Anastasio

As a woman with red hair and freckles, I tend to look younger than I actually am. That’s good genes and I am grateful for it. Red hair may be caused by “a series of mutations,” as science puts it, but I wonder more about the Creative Gene if there is one. Or the Respect Gene. In recent years, at some International film festivals and markets I have gotten comments like, “Are you the little sister of the filmmaker?” or “Tell your mom it’s time for the Q & A.” Blessing or curse? Do I seek respect or should I be focusing on not worrying about what other think and go at my craft.

The red hair certainly fuels the fire when it comes to competition. Why do women feel they are in competition with me? I have a hard time understanding this, especially since all I read is that there is solidarity.

So the red hair issue (not being taken seriously), compounded by the competition, leads me back to my childhood and yes, the bullying (not as popular to talk about before the internet). And that leads me to explore life as a “ginger” – the glorious British term for redheads everywhere.

Anyone with the drive these days can fulfill their dreams. Even gingers. So can a ginger girl like me make it in a world full of haters?

My dream is to be the best filmmaker I can and to have the most fun. So that means I am being zen-like and not caring what anyone else says. It’s the inner work that makes great outer-work – the art itself.

I am proud of my accomplishments. I’ve put together my own film festivals, events and produced my own short and feature films and I never took “No” for an answer. If I had an idea I just did it.

Some of the challenges I’ve had as a female in the film industry is that it’s not been easy. Nor is it easier for anyone trying to make it. I’ve found ways to make it work. The ways I’ve overcome those challenges is by a) producing my own work, b) crowdfunding projects, c) using lower budgets, d) being creative, e) distributing my own short films on DVD. As many of the new progressive females on the scene, I have left the haters out of the loop.

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I have decided to use my “ginger-ness,” too. I embarked on making a documentary on who I am, dealing with challenges of perceived inferiority.

I am three years into my journey – making the story of the triumph of gingers – entitled, Ginger Girls: The Secret Lives of Redheads.

And guess what? I’m taking back the word “Ginger” – which some people think is a derogatory term.

The greatest pleasure making this film has been all the “ginger girl” friends that I have been making. It is a certain bond that comes with sharing common experiences, creating new art together and having fun. I have learned so much from each and everyone that I am immensely grateful that they are taking part in my project.

I hope to bring more of a community together of ginger girls supporting each other and people you don’t have red hair to have a peek into the secret lives of redheads.

This film is my passion because I grew up as a ginger girl and even though I felt I was special and different I didn’t realize until I got older that I got bullied or didn’t have as many friends was because of my red hair.

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Still now apparently I intimidate people, it baffles me because when I meet someone for the first time I want to help them with what they are doing. I am very much looking forward to showing the film and bringing it to events in the future.

I always had lots of ideas for projects but this one was perfect because it gave me a chance to work on it while I was on tour supporting my last film, Adventures in Plymptoons! (Now on Hulu and Vimeo on demand). Each time I traveled to a different film festival, I reached out to people in the audience or online. I am doing the same this time.

I like the interactivity. I am planning a photo book with photos of 500 natural redheads. The photo book and art show would be showcased hand in hand with the movie. The art show will be collages of the best ginger girls photographs into my painting.

So, sometimes from “mutations” can come great beauty and surprises. I want everyone to know that their blessing is not a curse

5 Comments

  1. YOU WROTE: The red hair certainly fuels the fire when it comes to competition. Why do women feel they are in competition with me? I have a hard time understanding this, especially since all I read is that there is solidarity.

    Im a Ginger BI Guy with ultra sensative skin. Ive had Redhead lovers of both sex in my life and feel truly gifted and empowered with my genes.

    Ive see lots of debates and content regarding our social standing and regard. Staying true to your self you will always be fearcly indipendant. I belive this is a product of the wonderment that is our skin. Its thin. Much thnner than any other humans. Our nerve endings act like antenna to our seroundings. Were tuned into the moods and the true feelings and reactions of our peers more honestly than they would outwardly want us to know. We can see beyond the acting.. Through time everone becomes awaire they cant hide themselves. How we process this is the diffucult part.

    As Lovers our passion is unprecedented.
    Anyone who does not share our genes will only ever be observers to our enhanced experience in the world. We taste, smell, hear and feel more.. We feel more because we are Supa Sensative.. We mirror this by our reactions that are also usually miss understood.

    So you all have a choice. Either Damp ur Spirt and tone down your natural observations, apatite, aptitude, argument and indipendance. Or realise and accept early enough in life that you can never be fully understood by anyone who does not have this gift.

    Your mission in life should be to find the chemestry of happiness that is special to you within anouther Ginger girl or guy..

    Luv to all..
    Supa Dupa Luv Guru
    Bobby xxx

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