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Molly Nemer in the Director’s Chair

Last weekend the Academy Awards honored some of Minnesota’s film talent by giving accolades to the Coen brothers and Diablo Cody. This weekend the Walker Art Center continues to celebrate local filmmaking with the Girls in the Directors Chair Film Showcase, a day-long screening representing the best of young women filmmakers in Minnesota. In preparation […]

Last weekend the Academy Awards honored some of Minnesota’s film talent by giving accolades to the Coen brothers and Diablo Cody. This weekend the Walker Art Center continues to celebrate local filmmaking with the Girls in the Directors Chair Film Showcase, a day-long screening representing the best of young women filmmakers in Minnesota. In preparation for Saturday’s event, I had the opportunity to talk with one of the Girls in the Director’s Chair filmmakers, 13 year old Molly Nemer about her film “ New Orleans,” which looks at the Katrina relief efforts.

What is your film “New Orleans” about?

The film is as much about the importance of youth volunteerism as it is about volunteer efforts to rebuild post- Katrina New Orleans.

When visiting the city, you did not originally intend to make a film. What made you change your mind?

After arriving in New Orleans a year after Katrina, and seeing its devastation, I spoke to a local shop owner who said that the people of New Orleans felt forgotten, and this isn’t how America should be. I promised her I would spread the word that New Orleans needed help. I connected with volunteers from Trinity Episcopal School and Habitat for Humanity, who were working to help rebuild New Orleans.

How do you think film can be used to affectively convey a message like yours?

Film has an enormous impact on people because the stories are being told on a personal level. The moving footage and meaningful words combine to make a powerful message that others will take the time to listen to.

What local issues do you think that it is important for young people- male and female- to be involved and active in?

Whenever you feel passionate about an issue or event, the best thing to do is educate people on the topic, through film or any other means, so others see the issue’s importance. This could be anything from community recycling to global warming.

Are there any particular filmmakers that you look up to?

I look up to my mentors at TVbyGIRLS, a filmmaking organization dedicated to portraying honest images in the media by and for girls, empowering them and giving voice. They taught me everything I know about the art of filmmaking and always are supporting and encouraging me to follow my dreams.

Do you work only in documentary film, or have you made other kinds of films?

I make a variety of films, some one minute metaphoric pieces, others ten minute documentaries.

What advice do you have for young filmmakers?

Experiment and enjoy!

Girls in the Director’s Chair 2007

“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 […]

“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

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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

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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.

Dreams

Filmmaker: Tate Pashibin Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM Walker Cinema

Filmmaker: Tate Pashibin

Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM

Walker Cinema

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Dreams

Filmmaker: Tate Pashibin Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM Walker Cinema

Filmmaker: Tate Pashibin

Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM

Walker Cinema

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Diversity

Filmmakers: Shevell Powell, Pa Chia Thao, Mai Xee Vang, Pa Nhia Vang, Kia Vue, and Steven Washington Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM Walker Cinema

Filmmakers: Shevell Powell, Pa Chia Thao, Mai Xee Vang, Pa Nhia Vang, Kia Vue, and Steven Washington

Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM

Walker Cinema

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Diversity

Filmmakers: Shevell Powell, Pa Chia Thao, Mai Xee Vang, Pa Nhia Vang, Kia Vue, and Steven Washington Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM Walker Cinema

Filmmakers: Shevell Powell, Pa Chia Thao, Mai Xee Vang, Pa Nhia Vang, Kia Vue, and Steven Washington

Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM

Walker Cinema

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LaDeDa

Filmmaker: Molly Nemer Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM Walker Cinema Click here to listen to the filmmaker talk about her film

Filmmaker: Molly Nemer

Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM

Walker Cinema

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Click here to listen to the filmmaker talk about her film

LaDeDa

Filmmaker: Molly Nemer Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM Walker Cinema Click here to listen to the filmmaker talk about her film

Filmmaker: Molly Nemer

Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM

Walker Cinema

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Click here to listen to the filmmaker talk about her film

The Chase

Filmmaker: Rachel Quednau Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM Walker Cinema Click here to listen to the artist talk about her film.

Filmmaker: Rachel Quednau

Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM

Walker Cinema

Click here to listen to the artist talk about her film.

The Distinct Taste of Evil

Filmmakers: Genevieve Gleich and Lily Rogers-Grant Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM Walker Cinema

Filmmakers: Genevieve Gleich and Lily Rogers-Grant

Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 AM

Walker Cinema

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