All Press Releases for October 05, 2016

Empowering Documentary Film "Beauty Bites Beast" Schedules Oscar-Qualifying Opening in NYC and Pasadena

Film featuring "missing conversations" about women and self-defense opens in New York City and Pasadena in November

Females of all species know how to protect themselves and it's a birthright for human females, too. There's nothing more local than one's own body.

    LOS ANGELES, CA, October 05, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Ellen Snortland, filmmaker and author of a groundbreaking book on women's self-defense of the same title, has just finished a new documentary: "Beauty Bites Beast." Her film reveals the missing conversations about ending violence against women through teaching them how to defend themselves and that they are powerful and capable enough to do so.

Women and girls have a right to set boundaries--emotionally, verbally, and, if push comes to shove, physically. Ellen calls it the ultimate manifestation of the premise, "Think Globally, Act Locally:"

"Females of all species know how to protect themselves and it's a birthright for human females, too. There's nothing more local than one's own body."

Gloria Steinem had this to say about the film:

"Female elephants, lions -- all are just as fierce in self-defense as males. Only our species is taught to be 'feminine' and defenseless. 'Beauty Bites Beast' shows how women around the world are taking back our strengths and lives."

"Beauty Bites Beast" announces its Oscar-qualifying theatrical opening in New York City with a run at Cinepolis Chelsea from November 4 - 10, 2016 and in Pasadena, CA with a run at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 from November 11 - 17, 2016. Tickets are available online or at the box office.

About: "Safety Godmother" Ellen Snortland is writer, director and producer of the new documentary "Beauty Bites Beast - Revealing the Missing Conversations about Ending Violence." Ellen is an author, actor, attorney, radio and TV personality and writing coach. As a self-defense advocate and instructor she's worked tirelessly for decades teaching women and girls to fight back against violence.

Ellen grew up in Colorado and South Dakota, and set out early in life to be a "Renaissance woman." She made her way to California by the time she was 17 and has never looked back. She earned a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, co-founded the first all-female theater company in the early 70s, acted in and directed several TV shows during the 80s, attended the 4th United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, and annual UN meetings as an NGO delegate and journalist, served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Women's History Project, and much more.

Ellen's work as an author, self-defense advocate and instructor has been featured on Dateline NBC. Her book, "Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior in Women and Girls," is considered a classic in the violence prevention field. She also co-authored the 2015 book "The Safety Godmothers: the ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence for Teens" with Lisa Gaeta, founder and CEO of IMPACT Personal Safety of Southern California, a leading trainer in full-force, adrenaline-based self-defense. A regular columnist for the Pasadena Weekly and the Huffington Post, Ellen is a tireless advocate for women and girls and physical safety for all. Her acclaimed one woman show, "Now That She's Gone," is a comic memoir about growing up Norwegian American; it has been performed all over the world. Ellen serves on several boards, including Consumer Watchdog, IMPACT Personal Safety, and 50-50 Leadership, a non-profit that envisions more women and girls in leadership positions. She and her husband Ken Gruberman, a Grammy Award-winning music supervisor, live in Altadena, Calif. For more information, visit

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