In partnership with Watkins Community Education, the HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films highlighting the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. HerStory Institute is supported by Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women.
“We are very excited to partner with HerStory Institute to provide summer screenings to the public that highlight the storytelling of female filmmakers from around the globe,” said Mary Beth Harding, director of Watkins’ Community Education department. “Through this partnership we hope to empower and inspire female artists in our community, and we look forward to furthering such opportunities by hosting the inaugural Her Point of View Film Festival during Labor Day weekend.”
Upcoming HerStory Screenings in the Watkins Theater:
Saturday, June 14
Featuring more than 50 camerawomen from around the world, and shot over a period of six years, Shooting Women, by pioneering filmmaker and cinema studies professor Alexis Krasilovsky, celebrates the amazing talent and unflinching spirit of image-making women from the sets of Hollywood and Bollywood to the war zones of Afghanistan. This internationally-acclaimed DOC, based on Krasilovsky’s book “Women Behind the Camera,” broaches the persistent issues of the glass ceiling, sexual harassment, and childcare for professional camerawomen around the globe—working from environments where raising such issues is seen as “unprofessional.”
Despite the Gods
Welcome to India! Home of the world’s largest movie industry, where mere mortal film stars are worshiped with the same fervor as timeless Indian Gods, and the new buzzword ‘co-production’ looms on the lips of Indian financiers keen to form a Bollywood-Hollywood alliance. In 2008, Hollywood’s prodigal daughter, Jennifer Lynch, daughter of film director David Lynch, travels to India to direct “Hisss,” a creature-FEA film about the vengeful snake goddess Nagin. But things go wrong very quickly–perhaps there is a good reason why Hollywood and Bollywood have never blended like this before. With uncensored candour, Lynch can only cheerlead and watch with equal parts hope, part despair as her beloved “Hisss” strays further and further away from her original vision. Surrounded by a team of truly wonderful Indian crew, her 12-year-old daughter and a cast of Bollywood stars, she does her best to stay sane and guide the production through a minefield of disasters.
Admission to each screening is $12 (purchase tickets online).
More screenings (see event site for descriptions):
Tuesday, June 17: Finding Hope for Reactive Affective Disorder, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24: Light Fly, Fly High, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 28: Beneath the Harvest Sky – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 12: Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights – 2 screenings: 3 p.m & 7 p.m.
and Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 19: Homebound – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 26: Redemption Trail – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 2: The Milky Way – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 9: It Felt Like Love – 2 screenings: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 16: Bringing Hemp Home, 5 p.m., and The Carbon Rush, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 23: Justice for Sale, 5 p.m., and Pushing the Elephant, 7 p.m.
For more information about the films, including trailers, visit www.herpointofview.tv. To purchase tickets please visit www.herpointofview.tv/tickets. For more information about Her Point of View or to submit your film project for programming consideration, please visit their website or call 615-656-3858.