Elizabeth Avellán — mother to five boys and one girl — is all about tough love, self-help and giving back when it comes to children. The Venezuelan-American film producer and co-owner of Austin’s Troublemaker Studios will list the advantages of home schooling and talk in depth about how each one of her kids is already making a mark in society. She is against fitting the norm and is proud that her children are unafraid, something she’d like for all young people. One of her passions is helping children by planting “the seeds of change” they need to lift themselves up.
One of the ways she supports young people is through high school and college filmmaking students whose short documentaries about global women’s issues are a part of the annual Girls Impact the World Film Festival. The festival, which is Sunday at Dell Fine Arts Center at St. Andrew’s High School, is the capstone event of local nonprofit Connecther, a crowdfunding website that invests in women who are impacting their communities, both locally and internationally. Avellán is a finalist judge, year-round supporter and ambassador and an adviser-at-large for the organization.
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