Finding Venus is a Body Positive documentary currently in production directed by Mandi Lynn and her all female film crew and production team. It is about the art of protecting girl power and reviving it in ourselves. It is a movie by Kiwi mothers and daughters for the world's mothers and daughters.
Casting Call for the Bulls Filming Segment
We are looking for Tweens, Teens, and Women to participate in a Body Positive event sponsored by Rangitikei Creative Communities scheme that is being held in the Bulls Town Hall. It is a fun body gratitude event that will get you celebrating yourself from head to toe. The tweens and teens will receive a digital file of a professional headshot taken on the day as a thank you for supporting the project.
Several people will be selected at the event for follow up interviews on the Sunday.
For the cheekier among us become part of the 200+ and growing exhibition of the reality of the female form, by covering yourself in golden clay and being anonymously photographed by Mandi Lynn. This is for 18 and older only and happens on the Saturday evening after the children have left.
I just want to do it all again next weekend…
What an amazing day/night, shared with beautiful women of all ages. I was unsure of what to expect leading up to it, but the whole experience was just so awesome I just want to do it all again next weekend. There were a few tears at times, lots of laughs and fun and honesty and bravery from women and girls from all walks of life. The golden shoot at the end was the icing on the cake. Thank you Mandi Lynn and your team - you’re doing such great work �
Our mother daughter conversations have shifted…
"Sharing uninterrupted space with my daughter was such a wonderful gift ... and to do so with this emerging tribe of Finding Venus women was beautiful and unique. My busyness really got challenged and what’s most important got highlighted.
Grace and I will remember the weekend spent with Mandi for a lifetime ... our conversations have shifted to a much more loving and full of awe space about our bodies ... we laughed HARD ... and we feel like we were gifted the opportunity to be part of something really special.
Women .... just say yes ... show up and see where it takes you ... you won’t regret it!"
My belly hurt from the laughter…
Thank you for providing such a fun and powerful experience for myself and my two girls. Becoming a Golden maiden was overwhelming but a game changer for me. My belly hurt from the laughter, and my heart is still bursting with pride for myself and just awe of the of the incredible women i was surrounded by. Xx
The inspiration for the movie was an incident that happened between Mandi and her 5 year old at the time niece Harper.
It went something like this:
"Am I fat?"
(I think Mandi spit out her drink at this point)
She never really recovered and gave an adequate response because she was so floored by the fact that a 5 year old had already begun to question her bodies perfection. Because Mandi is an artist she began to make art about it and the Everybody is a Treasure Project was launched from there and won her New Zealand's Creative Photographer of the Year in 2017. That same year the New Zealand Film commission gave her a grant to make New Zealand's first body positive doco.
The theme of the movie is an aunts quest to find a way to protect her niece from inheriting the body shame that both her and her sister inherited. Mandi wants to figure out how to break the chain. This movie is about her and her families adventure to find the answer with other mothers and daughters in New Zealand.