NYC-based director FANIA teamed up with female-driven production company SLMBR PRTY, ‘Girls Just Wanna’ in conjunction with International Women’s Day and throughout Women’s History Month. The film, inspired by the poetic beauty of women in NYC, is a celebration of diversity and femininity. It follows real women from across the city through different neighbourhoods as they skate down streets, laugh on a stoop, and strut through the aisles of a corner store. A haunting ballad version of Cyndi Lauper’s famous “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” covered by Hanna Ashbrook sweeps through each scene. In stylized close-ups, friends embrace, unapologetic eyes stare directly into the camera, and bodies of all shapes and sizes dance through neon lights.
These empowering vignettes of femininity, usually seen in an objectifying manner through the gaze of male directors, feel refreshingly intimate. FANIA, A.K.A. Stephania Dulowski, whose production team was made up primarily of women, wants girls to feel beautiful as they are, different passions, styles, bodies and all. “Girls Just Wanna” is an ode to women, produced by women.
Stephania’s collaboration with SLMBR
Director and Editor: Stephania Dulowski (FANIA)
DoP: Lorenzo Pace
Original Cover: Hanna Ashbrook
Producers: Sarah Donnenberg, Leah Donnenberg, Kirstin VanSkiver
Production Company: SLMBR PRTY Films
1st Assist Camera: Alexandra Bock
Stylist: Emily Elizabeth Thomas
Color: Kath Raisch
Kodak Lab NYC
Sony/ATV Music Publishing