Willow O’Feral is a documentary filmmaker currently based in Vermont. Break the Silence: Reproductive & Sexual Health Stories is her debut feature film. She is also the co-director/producer of Sisters Rising, a documentary about Native American women restoring personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual and colonial violence against Indigenous women in the US. Sisters Rising won Best Film Award from Women's Voices Now Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the 2020 American Indian Film Festival, 2020 Honorable Mention Big Sky Award, and the inaugural Thaddeus Stevens Award at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. Willow was honored with the 2018 Choice Champion Award by Planned Parenthood of New England for her work creating Break the Silence, and she was a Fledgling Fellow at the 2018 DX Investigative Film Festival in Washington DC. She is also a member of the Film Fatales.
Willow’s impetus to create Break the Silence: Reproductive & Sexual Health Stories came out of her conversations around advancing reproductive justice with the Women's Action Team, a feminist collective that Willow helped to found in Vermont in 2016. She is also the co-founder of Haptic Pictures, a production company producing beautiful original content around pressing issues of social justice, and a member of New Day Films, the longest running distribution cooperative for independent documentary filmmakers. Willow has also worked on several independent feature narrative films as 2nd Unit Cinematographer, Stills Photographer, and in the Art Department, and co-directed the short-form documentary Mike Seeler: Biohacker, for BRIC Media in NY. Willow holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film/Video and French from Marlboro College. She loves community organizing and collaborative work, and has mentored youth in the Movies From Marlboro program, Reel Works in Brooklyn NY, and at In-Sight Photography Project in Brattleboro VT. She grew up on the coast of Northern California and loves documentary filmmaking because it is rooted in curiosity and empathy - which are two of her favorite things.
Films by Willow O’Feral
Break the Silence features raw, powerful interviews with 18 diverse cisgender and transgender women about their sexual & reproductive health histories. Challenging social taboo with unflinching candor, vulnerability, and often great humor, Break the Silence kickstarts vitally important community and classroom conversations around sexual education, health, autonomy, pleasure, and human rights.