Women & Film - 2017 Program

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attending Film representative will attend

 

Saturday, April 8

 

Rosebud

Rose

10:00 a.m.

A Quiet Passion

2 hrs. 5 min. 2016, Belgium/UK  
 
10:15 a.m  

Agnes Martin, Before the Grid attending

56 min. 2016  USA

Portraits in Creativity: Sheila Berger attending

8 min. 2014 USA
 
1:00 p.m.

Drawing the Tiger attending

1 hr. 36 min. 2015  Canada

El Hara attending

16 min. 2016 Tunisia/France

 

1:15 p.m.  

Big Sonia attending

1 hr. 33 min. 2016 USA
7:00 p.m.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise attending

1 hr. 54 min. 2016 USA

Sunday, April 9

 

Rosebud

Rose

10:00 a.m.

Equal Means Equal attending

1 hr. 33 min. 2016 USA  

 

10:15 a.m  

Magnificent Burden attending

1 hr. 27 min. 2016 USA
Break    
1:00 p.m.

In Between

1 hr. 42 min. 2016 Spain
 
1:15 p.m.  

Breakfast at Ina's attending

51 min. 2015 USA

A bold and brilliant study of American poet Emily Dickinson by British writer-director Terence Davies. The film is as strange, in its way, as its lead character's inimitable way with words: It follows Dickinson—played by Emma Bell in the early scenes and a marvelous, moving Cynthia Nixon for the rest—from her student days through her sequestered life, dreaming of a visit from a faceless suitor who might very well be Death, and longing for that last sweet release. Nixon’s reading of Dickinson’s work is simple and revealing.

2 hrs. 5 min. 2016, Belgium/UK  



Agnes Martin, Before the Grid
Directed by Kathleen Brennan (Q&A) and Jina Brenneman
Trailer

Placeholder image Little-known stories about artist Agnes Martin as told by friends, lovers and classmates, give insight into Martin's personality and development of her creative process. Her early years–spread between New York City and Taos, New Mexico–have always been something of a mystery. Before she died in 2004 at the age of 92, her paintings sold for millions of dollars and were displayed in the world's greatest museums. Seeing her through the eyes of those who loved her brings luminous insight into her work.

56 min. 2016 USA



Preceded by the short film:
Portraits in Creativity: Sheila Berger
Directed by Gael Towey
Both director, Gael Towey and artist Sheila Berger will attend for Q &A

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New York-based painter and sculptor, Sheila Berger, follows a creative odyssey that begins with a bird’s nest found at her childhood home in St. Louis. Using encaustic, plaster and steel, she examines nurturing and the fragility of nature.

8 min. 2014 USA


Drawing the Tiger
Directed by Amy Benson (Q&A) Scott Squire, Ramyata Limbu
Trailer




Filmed over the course of seven years, Drawing the Tiger focuses on the lives of a family of Nepalese subsistence farmers and their daily struggles. Their hopes of a brighter future are pinned almost solely on their eldest daughter, Shanta, who has been studying voraciously (while attending an underfunded, poorly-run school) to become a doctor. Filmmakers Amy Benson and Scott Squire know they have something special and they never to rush or skew their footage–which looks gorgeous and somehow makes the film feel even more tragic. A quietly powerful film that will stick with viewers long after it ends.

1 hr. 36 min. 2015 Nepal/USA



Preceded by the short film:
El Hara
Directed by Mo Scarpelli (Q&A) and Margaux Fitoussi
Trailer



How do the fortresses that we build to protect ourselves affect the person we will become? El Hara follows one man’s break with the neighborhood of his youth, the Jewish quarter of Tunis, highlighting how moments of rupture may haunt us forever.






Big Sonia
Directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday
Trailer

With her bright lipstick and penchant for animal prints (“They never go out of style”), Sonia Warshawski is as vibrant as she is diligent, single-handedly running a six-day-a-week tailor shop. But for Sonia, the importance of keeping busy is no simple response to widowhood or a means of fending off the loneliness of old age. A particular darkness has haunted her most of her life: her memories of the years she spent as a prisoner at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. As the only Holocaust survivor in the Kansas City area to speak publicly about her experiences, she has turned those memories into a form of action, both enlightening and therapeutic. Filmmaker Leah Warshawski, who directed the documentary with Todd Soliday, is Sonia’s granddaughter. There’s hard-fought clarity when Sonia says that she leaves the matter of forgiveness to a Higher Power. And as survivors’ numbers dwindle, there’s urgency when she insists on remembering.

1 hr. 33 min. 2016 USA

Please join us at Taps at the Guardhouse, across the street from the Fort Worden Wheeler Theatre, for a mixer with our filmmakers (food for purchase and no-host bar). 5-6:30 pm

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Directed by Rita Coburn Whack & Bob Hercules
Trailer (Q&A, moderator Akuyoe Graham)



Footage of Angelou singing and acting will be most eye opening for those who regard her as only a writer. Recollections by Angelou and fellow performers of the landmark play, “The Blacks” are among the film’s best moments, as is a remembrance by Robert Loomis, Angelou’s editor, who had to persuade her to write a book. Join us at 7 p.m. in The Wheeler Theatre for a pre-screening interview with Director Rita Coburn Whack, then stay for Q &A, following. An encore screening from our 2016 Festival.

1 hr. 54 min. 2016 USA

Rita Coburn Whack, an award-winning writer, producer and director, is the owner of RCW Media Productions, Inc., a multi-media production company based in Illinois. She was a director of Oprah Radio 2006-2010. As co-director of Maya Angelou: Still I Rise she built a Maya Angelou Facebook page to 5.7-million fans. Television projects include three Emmy Award-winning Chicago arts documentaries airing on C-Span and the History Channel. Her news career began with Satellite News Channel, the predecessor to CNN and continued locally with Chicago’s WBEZ. Her first novel, “Meant to Be,” was published in 2002.

Akuyoe Graham
Guest Moderator


Ghana-born Akuyoe Graham is an award-winning actor, author and educator. Trained in London and New York, she’s worked on stage with Lanford Wilson, Harry Belafonte, William Hurt and has appeared on screen in “American Pie,” “Danika,” “City of Angels,” and ABC’s 2017 mini-series, “When We Rise.”She’s toured nationwide with her award-winning one-woman show, “Spirit Awakening,” an autobiographical journey about family roots and coming of age as both a woman and artist. She created the non-profit “Spirit Awakening Foundation,” through which she implemented “Writes of Passage, Unmasking Your Authentic Voice,” a writing program for teens at risk and incarcerated youth. Her writings can be found in the anthology of plays, “Becoming American” and her best-selling, “The Little Book of Transformation: 7 Days to a Brand New Youth. Akuyoe is currently working on bringing her “Spirit Awakening” play to the big screen.

Equal Means Equal
Directed by Kamala Lopez
Trailer

Placeholder imageFilmmaker Kamala Lopez fact-packed new documentary features legal experts, ordinary women and well-known feminists (including Eleanor Smeal and Gloria Steinem), who are still making a case for the amendment six decades after it was introduced to a (still) mostly male Congress.

How much do we really know about women in our society?

On Ms. Lopez’s high-speed guided tour, colorful paper-doll graphics wearing 1950’s clothing zoom across the screen to illustrate her points. Most often the mother and child paper dolls slide off the steep slopes of fever charts and crash or shrink and are crushed by avalanches of numbers.

1 hr. 33 min. 2016 USA


Magnificent Burden
Directed by Rob Nelson
Trailer

A film that appears to be about adoption confounds your expectations at every turn. First you see a high-wattage tabloid expose about an unruly spoiled Manhattan socialite, Taylor Stein, the daughter of a wealthy club owner. Then you learn she’s seeking to adopt a baby from overseas. Fast forward to a terrible discovery that threatens the boy’s life. Now Taylor is thrust into the world of genetic technology and a high-stakes battle between Big Pharma, Congress, and saving the lives of children diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Taylor proves herself an unlikely heroine. Please welcome the subject of the film, Taylor Stein for Q&A after the screening.

1 hr. 27 min. 2016 USA


In Between
Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud
Trailer



Three wildly different Tel Aviv women find themselves sharing an apartment and, eventually, a kind of solidarity. Alongside the traditional male-dominated Arab family structure there exist independent females who are incredibly cool and part of an uninhibited underground scene. Certainly their freedom comes at a price, but despite some dark and dramatic moments, none of the three young women looks likely to go back to a traditional life as a hidden hausfrau, however uncomfortable it can be to live "in between" tradition and modernity. Hilarious, heartbreaking and leaving plenty of stereotypes behind!

1 hr. 42 min. 2016 Spain


Breakfast at Ina's
Directed by Mercedes Kane
Trailer



Against all odds, Ina Pinkney created a mini-empire of eateries that served generations of diverse Chicagoans with delicious comfort food and a warm welcome to match. As the countdown to her retirement approaches, Ina recalls the genesis of her beloved restaurant and the private adversity that shaped her indomitable spirit. Chicago filmmaker Mercedes Kane crosscuts Ina’s surprising biography with the loving accolades of food critics, longtime clientele and devoted employees, as the so-called Breakfast Queen herself presides over the dining room with a knowing smile.

Ina Pinkney will attend for Q&A!

51 min. 2015 USA