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6th Annual Focus on Female Directors


Wednesday, January 5 – 7:30 PM

This shorts program celebrates the directorial work of actresses-turned-directors, Oscar winners, emerging filmmakers, experimental artists, documentarians, animators, and cinema pioneers.

Featured shorts:

Kirsten Dunst’s “Bastard” (2010, USA, 6 mins). A young couple in crisis find their way to a desert motel.

Cynthia Wade’s “Born Sweet” (2010, 29 min, Cambodia). Winner of Best Documentary at Aspen ShortsFest, the latest from Oscar-winner Wade tells the courageous and inspirational story of a 15-year-old Cambodian stricken with arsenic poisoning.

Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Love You More” (2008, 15 min, UK). Set in 1978 London, this classroom-set teenage love story is from NOWHERE BOY director Taylor-Wood.

Kate Lain’s “Git Along, Little Dogies” (2010, 9 min, USA). A woman confronts the fact that she's always been defined by her breasts rather than by her actions and accomplishments.

Amy Ephron’s “Chloe @ 3 A.M.” (2010, USA, 8 min.). A contemporary deconstructionist film told partly through dance and featuring the Maia Harari Dance Theatre.

Shawneé & Shawnelle Gibbs’ “Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks” (2010, 11 min, USA). A young African girl solicits the help of Sule, a pint-sized detective.

Liz Blazer’s “Backseat Bingo” (2004, 5 min, USA). An animated documentary about senior citizens and romance.

Cleo Madison’s “Eleanor’s Catch” (1916, 12 min, USA). This classic silent-era potboiler with a twist was written by and stars the director.

Discussion to follow with filmmakers Amy Ephron, Shawneé & Shawnelle Gibbs, Kate Lain and others subject to availability.

Reception to follow the discussion. Series compiled by Andrew P. Crane, Kim Adelman and Andrea Richards.



Short Films