This month, the Rhyze Project will launch a new three-part film series entitled The Imposter Series. The Imposter Series will aim to connect local women in conversation about women’s issues and rights, confidence and economic empowerment to encourage authenticity, ownership and support of our success.

The Series will presented in three films, all based around the idea that many women feel as though they’re faking it – imposters in their own lives and careers. While the imposter syndrome is not unique to women, they often unconsciously overcompensate with perfectionism, through over-preparation, and by withholding talents and opinions. Success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking we’re more competent than we believe ourselves to be.

The first film in the series – Miss Representation – will be held October 26th at 7 p.m. at the Bookshelf Cinema located at 41 Quebec Street (2nd floor). Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics like Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics to leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Bookshelf or Innovation Guelph. Proceeds from this event will benefit the 2016 Rhyze Award in support of local female entrepreneurs.

Additional films will be presented in December 2015 and February 2016. Follow @TheRhyzeProject on Twitter for updates on the project and women’s entrepreneurship in Guelph and Wellington County.