Why Film?

Film is a powerful medium for social commentary and social change. It is a dynamic way to tell a story that is also fun and creative. We believe that such film is needed as a tool to promote a community that denounces media that promotes rape culture, violent masculinity, and social injustice while engage the discussion of personal responsibility and accountability.

This Year

We are excited to have Coquie Hughes kick off the 3rd Annual Bystander Film Festival with a conversation about her film If I Wuz Ur Gyrl

CoquieHughes is an award winning filmmaker with films that have appeared in festivals throughout the United States and bordering countries. Through her production company, SeeTruePeace Entertainment Group, she has written, produced & directed numerous feature and short films. She is also a playwright and stage director, producing over a dozen stage-plays. She is the founder and lead instructor of Lights Camera Youth Action, a media arts education program geared toward disenfranchised youth. CoquieHughes is the founder & CEO of GirlCrushTv.Com, an online distributor of urban lesbian themed movies. She is a native Chicagoan where she currently resides as a single mom with her 7 year old daughter, Peacejourney, and her 5 year old son, Truth. Her motto is: If God is for you, who can stand against you.

To learn more about Coquie visit http://www.acoquiehughesfilm.com/#!bio/cbga .

To Learn More


- ICADV (Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

- ICASA (Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault)

- RAINN (Rape,Abuse & Incest National Network)