Thursday, October 18
Storytelling & Performance Series: Creative Writing for Social Justice with Cherrie Moraga - a 2 Hour Workshop
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Join the legendary playwright, poet, essayist and activist educator Cherrie Moraga for a transformative writing workshop! Moraga is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. This year Moraga also completed a new collection of writings — A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000-2010. Please RSVP for this event by emailing email@example.com with “Cherrie Moraga RSVP” in the subject line to reserve a spot. Come prepared with an open mind and soul to write for social justice!
Thursday, October 18
Reel Queer Film Series: Pariah
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Directed by Tisch alum Dee Rees, Pariah highlights the trials and tribulations of a young black woman in Brooklyn as she explores her sexual and gender identity. It illustrates how the responses of family, friends and significant others may be simultaneously empowering and devastating for queer folks of color. The film showcases a compelling coming of age story in NYC at the intersection of racial identity, sexual and gender expression.
Thursday, October 18
Guess what? Black Feminist Film School is featured in the Fall 2012 (#56) issue of BITCH magazine. We are happy to have a two-page spread on our vision and work in a cutting edge national magazine designed as a feminist response to pop-culture. That’s what we do too!!!!
Check out the spread to see our shout outs to:
Yvonne Welbon and sistersincinema.com
Q-roc.tv (the new network for the LGBTQ community where the Mobile Homecoming TV series will be featured this fall)
Aishah Simmons and afrolezproductions.com
Allied Media Projects (alliedmedia.org)
and Charis Books and More (charisbooksandmore.com)
From Black Feminist Film School’s blog:
Born out of our frustration with the glaring exclusion of films by, about or for Black women in Julia’s film school experience and our deep love for the possibility of Black feminism in all forms, Black Feminist Film School is a collaboration between Black feminist scholar/filmmaker Alexis Pauline Gumbs, PhD and Black feminist filmmaker/scholar Julia Roxanne Wallace, MDiv.
Our project has 2 key components:
1. Is there Black feminist tradition in film?
Make space for a discourse about Black feminism in film and a conceptual framework in which contemporary filmmakers and theorists of film can participate in, measure, look out for and/or critique he presence or possibility of Black feminism specifically in the medium of film/video by
- screenings and discussions of rare/underdistributed films by Black women directors/writer/producers in our hometown of Durham, North Carolina and around the country.
- online forums on this site by Black feminist scholars about the possibility of Black feminism in important films by Black women
- sharing information about the locations of rare/hard to see films by Black feminist filmmakers
- developing a curriculum on Black feminist film, piloted in a community setting
2. Where my Black feminist filmmakers at?
Infuse Black feminist community, and in particular under-represent Black women and genderqueer filmmakers and future filmmakers with the skills to use film to express their visions and transform our society by
- hosting a series of accessible community workshops that share the skills of script-writing, producing, gaffing, lighting, editing, sound and all the other skills crucial to making high quality films
- creating partnerships between existing institutions/equipment sources and potential Black feminist filmmakers
- building community between existing Black feminist filmmakers, with an emphasis on queer and genderqueer Black filmmakers
- creating an all queer of color and allied cast and crew for Julia’s upcoming film!
FYI ! Women Art Revolution is on instant netflix
For readings on the correlation in horror between puberty and the monstrous, see:
- Barbara Creed’s The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (specifically, the chapter called “Woman As Possessed Monster”)
- Aviva Briefel’s “Monster Pains: Masochism, Menstruation, and Identification in Horror Film”
- “‘The Hair That Wasn’t There Before’: Demystifying Monstrosity and Menstruation in Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps Unleashed”
- Bianca Nielson’s “Something’s Wrong, Like More Than You Being Female”: Transgressive Sexuality and Discourses of Reproduction in Ginger Snaps”
- Shelley Stamp Lindsey’s “Horror, Femininity, and Carrie’s Monstrous Puberty”
I will add Carol Clover’s Men, Women, and Chain Saws here, although she’s concerned more with identification, monstrous-feminine as men’s horror, and the maternal aspects of possession tales (including a section on possession as oral penetration). Although both Creed and Clover are important feminist horror theorists who work in Psychoanalytical lenses, Barbara Creed talks more about transformation than Carol Clover does. And transformation is key to horror movies about how women are terrifying.
For variations on a theme, watch Ginger Snaps, Carrie, and Teeth together.
(Bonus: here is Kristeva’s Powers of Horror: an Essay on Abjection for free online)
“Just because we can say the room represents the womb and Jane’s fear of Uncle Reed’s ghost “penetrating” the room is her obvious fear of male genitals and some other Freudian mumbo-jumbo doesn’t mean we should.” —Jayson Greene, “Sorry, Feminism,” Eyresses
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