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The fourth Women & Film festival is dedicated to a woman whose passion for cinema, storytelling and community helped inspire the female-focused project of the Port Townsend Film Festival to be established. “Beloved Marcia,” said festival director Janette Force of Marcia Perlstein, who died Feb. 25, 2018. “She was really the voice of our festival.” And, she was a voice – quite literally. Every year, Perlstein would go through the festival program to find directors, actors and screenwriters to interview on her radio show, “Treasures and Pleasures,” on KPTZ-FM 91.9. “‘I want to meet this person, this person, this person,’”…

The political documentary “Kollontai, Notes on the Resistance,” produced by an Argentine team, tells the story of Uruguayans’ fight to end the civic-military dictatorship that ruled their country between 1973-1985, beginning with the founding of the Victory of the People Party (PVP) in 1975 in Buenos Aires. With two years of dictatorship behind them, militants of different political sectors of the left launched the so-called “Alejandra Campaign” in honor of the Russian Bolshevik Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952), for the purpose of establishing in secret a new political party from Buenos Aires. The new organization – the PVP – is today part…

Given the public’s increased focus on sexual harassment and women’s rights this past year, award-winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Congdon will make a timely visit to SUNY Cortland to show and discuss two of her works: “The Mask You Live In” and “Miss Representation.” Congdon will speak on “Feminism, Film, Men and the Media: Telling our Stories through Film” on Friday, April 20. Her talk will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge. “One of the things that impresses me with Jess’ work is her fight for social justice,” said Andrea Harbin, associate professor of English. Preceding her…

Moviegoers have already been asked a huge sacrifice by countless activist critics and journalist to support a movie like Marvel’s Black Panther. People were nearly corralled and forced into the theater to pad the numbers for Black Panther so that Social Justice Warriors could hail it as a success. Well, it turns out that being charitable toward Hollywood’s diversity machine isn’t enough; Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson practically begs on his proverbial hands and knees for people to support bad diversity movies. So why are Social Justice Warriors now asking – no, demanding – people see bad diversity movies? Well, according to Mendelson, supporting…

When the time came for the students and professor in the upper-level course “Film Festival Studies” to produce an actual festival — the inaugural Bates Film Festival — there were friends ready to lend a hand. Friends like Academy Award–winner Stacey Kabat ’85, Anike Tourse ’92, Nicole Danser ’15, Taylor Blackburn ’15, and Alexandra Morrow ’16, all creators of short films that will be shown at the festival. And like Constance “Stanzy” Brimelow ’16, who, as an associate producer of a Sundance award–winning film, will take part in a festival panel on women in media. Rhetoric professor Jon Cavallero leads his…

In the age of Trump, social movements have galvanized in response to the exacerbation of racial, gender and class divides. Black Lives Matter continues its uphill battle to combat racial police brutality, the “Me Too” movement adds voice to a growing campaign to challenge sexual violence following the courage of outspoken Hollywood women and men, “Fight for $15” continues to advocate for wage increases for the working poor, and “Black Youth Project 100” has tirelessly worked to combat Black criminalization and stereotypes. Marginalized groups have responded to the present social justice crises with vigor, commitment and mounting momentum in the…

Two films, which focus on social issues in India, were screened at a leading film festival here that shone spotlight on pressing topics such as immigration and human trafficking. The fifth annual edition of SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, which opened here last week, will screen 70 films from 35 countries on a broad range of social topics such as immigration, women and girls, human trafficking, climate change, aging, mental health, disability, social justice and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) rights, according to a statement from the festival issued here. “The Mission of the SR Socially Relevant…

A LONG-standing supporter of the Belfast Film Festival (BFF), film-maker Mark Cousins has now further reinforced his endorsement of the city’s annual celebration of cinema by becoming its chairman. Having already been involved behind the scenes as a BFF board member, now the Coventry-born, Co Antrim-raised director, producer and critic/presenter will be at the forefront of promoting the festival’s 18th year of screenings and film-related events. As a former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival who regularly shows his own work at film events around the world – 2015’s I Am Belfast premiered at BFF while his most recent…

The fifth annual edition of SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York opens tomorrow, March 16th, at Cinema Village in downtown Manhattan, screening 70 films from 35 countries on a broad range of social topics such as immigration, women and girls, human trafficking, climate change, aging, mental health, disability, social justice, LGBTQ rights and VR/360º films. Here are some highlights: Opening night, ceremony and opening film, followed by a reception; Film – Stickman, with Malik and the Turtle on Friday the 16th. Is there a winner hidden here? Film – Doing Nothing All Day, with Common Ground (very interesting and…

Latin American filmmakers are riding on Cloud 9 this week. Guillermo del Toro just won two Academy Awards for directing and producing The Shape of Water, marking the fourth time in the last five years that the Best Director statue was awarded to a Mexican-born filmmaker. Hopefully, the trend continues in 2018 and extends across all film industry events. At the South by Southwest Film Festival, Latin American directors are being represented fairly well and looking to be recognized during the fest March 9-17. Films from countries like Nicaragua, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia are making their world and U.S. premieres…

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