“Girls in the Director’s Chair is a film festival dedicated to creating a venue for rising young female filmmakers in Minnesota. The mission of our festival is both to inspire and promote these young women and to help them realize that even in a field traditionally dominated by men, their dreams are still tangible. As curators we feel that it is important to display the art of our peers as well as share our generation’s point of view. This year, we received more than 100 submissions from filmmakers all over the state. Ranging from animations to documentaries to video poems, the 2007 Girls in the Director’s Chair program will deliver the full spectrum of video and film arts made by some of Minnesota’s newest filmmakers. Just as film transitions advance audiences into different scenes, the creation of these works has helped propel these young women into different stages of their artistic development.”
Ellie Bryan and Kaliya Warren
Girls in the Director’s Chair teen curators
Here are two opportunities to meet Women With Vision filmmakers (please RSVP by calling 612.375.7683):
A Girl Like Me
Screening and Q & A with director Kiri Davies
Thursday, March 8, at 4:30 PM
Walker Lecture Room
Restaging Dr. Kenneth Clark and Mamie Phipps Clark’s “ doll test,” which was instrumental in the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court desegregation case with African American youths from Harlem, high school student/filmmaker Kiri Davies discovers that little has changed since the 1950s. The young people interviewed from her high school are still affected by standards of beauty imposed by popular culture and internalized racism. Heart-wrenching and topical, Davis’ project for an after-school program garnered national attention, winning the audience award at the Silverdocs festival and the Diversity Award from Media that Matters Festival. 2005, video, 7 minutes. Copresented by Soultouch and Southside Community Health Services.
Click here to check out an NPR interview with Kiri Davies.
MEET THE TWIN CITIES
WOMEN WITH VISION FILMMAKERS
Saturday, March 17, 1 PM
Walker Art Center
Following the Women With Vision Shorts Program on Saturday, March 17, the Walker will host a panel discussion for filmmakers under the age of 18. This is a great opportunity for young filmmakers to meet professional filmmakers working and living in the Twin Cities.
This program contains mature content. Please feel free to call 612.375.7683 if you have any questions regarding this program.