This workshop starts from a few basic principles: that process and product are equally important; that feminism and filmmaking are both critical spaces of intervention for changing culture; and that radical new moving image languages and forms are essential to the creation of feminist media making strategies. Ultimately, this class is an invitation to consider new conditions of possibility for making the culture you want to live in.
Over the course of three days, participants will explore possible definitions, methods, approaches, models for production, distribution and exhibition, interventions, histories and potential futures of feminist filmmaking. We will think expansively and structurally about how feminist makers can create collaborative support structures, small-scale everyday practices, and DIY exhibition space to make room for new kinds of work.
Designed by filmmaker Irene Lusztig and curator Mathilde Walker-Billaud, this workshop will deliver both practical advice and creative inspiration to filmmakers, artists, and storytellers of all kinds who are interested in including women’s issues and practices as part of their creative process. Through screenings, readings, conversation, a field trip to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, and through encounters with media makers, curators, scholars, and distribution professionals, we will examine artistic and filmic explorations informed by feminism to consider complex questions around gender, power, activism, authorship, alternative histories, intimacy and empathy.
Filmmaker Irene Lusztig will lead the seminar as the main instructor.