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WRAC Joins the #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party by Co-Hosting Two Screenings This September

A still from Bat-Sheva Guez’s film Behind the Wall.

The 2016 academic year at MSU kicked off with the usual beginning-of-the-year activities—Sparticipation, U-Fest, and the first football game. One of WRAC’s contributions to this first exciting month will be hosting two screenings of films directed by women featuring Skype conversations with the filmmakers during each event.

The #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party was developed by Barbara Ann O’Leary as a response to how little the work of women film directors is known. Here is a video created by MSU alumae and faculty Savannah Smith, Sarah Shaw, Lindsey Spitzley, Jenna Ange, and Alexandra Hidalgo inviting people to evaluate their own knowledge of women filmmakers:

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, the Film Studies program, and Agnès films, the screenings will feature films that explore women through their thoughts, emotions, and motivations, showcasing perspectives from different cultures and sexual orientations. Below are a few details about the screenings and films:

Four Short Films #DirectedbyWomen

Monday, Sept. 12, 7:30–9:30 p.m., B122 Wells Hall

Everything in Between (2000) Directed by Fatimah Tobing Rony. In this fiction film, a struggling fashion designer of mixed Asian descent protects herself from the vulnerability of falling in love by having a string of dead-end relationships.

Covered Girls (2003) Directed by Janet McIntyre and Amy Wendel. This documentary opens a window into the lives of a colorful and startling group of Muslim-American teenage girls in New York and challenges the stereotypes many Americans may have about this culture.

Freckles (2016) Directed by Denise Papas Meechan. A short psychological drama that follows a thirty year-old woman’s descent into a dark, depressive, lethal insanity.

Behind the Wall (2015) Directed by Bat-Sheva Guez. A magical realism tale about an injured young dancer with a view into a world that moves to its own rhythm.

Skype Conversation with Bat-Sheva Guez. Audience members will be able to converse with director Bat-Sheva Guez following the screening of her film.

#DirectedbyWomen Screening of Sunshine

Monday, Sept. 26, 7:30–9:30 p.m., B122 Wells Hall

Sunshine (2009) Directed by Karen Skloss. In this award-winning feature documentary, filmmaker Karen Skloss explores the meaning of family as she reconnects with her biological mother and reflects on the relationship with her own daughter.

Skype Conversation with Karen Skloss. Audience members will be able to converse with director Karen Skloss following the screening of her film.

These screenings give attendees the opportunity to watch original and provocative films that can’t be accessed through theaters or at home, made by an underrepresented group in filmmaking. All members of the MSU and Greater Lansing community are encouraged to attend these exciting events and converse with these extraordinary filmmakers after watching their work.

Written by Elena Cronick

For more information on this, or any other WRAC events, please visit our Calendar of Events.