Shorts Package: “She’s in Control“
When: Sunday May 15th at 4:45pm
Where: Sie FilmCenter
Despite decades of barriers from the male-dominated industry, female filmmakers have maintained a strong and meaningful voice. These seven shorts, all made by women and about women, reveal tragedies and triumphs of girls and women from Luxembourg, to the UAE, to Prince Edward Island, to the USA. Though some of these women suffer from the cultural forces of transphobia (“Mazy”), objectification (“What Happened to Her”), misogynistic ‘cleansing’ (“Omnia”), or from the deep, personal emotions brought on by grief (“The Third Dad” and “An Islander by Choice”), they persevere and can never be silenced. And you’re never too old to become your best self (“The 100 Years Show” and “The Honeys and Bears”)
The Third Dad
Director: Theresa Moerman Ib
Run Time: 11 mins
Ten years after breaking all ties with her alcoholic father, a filmmaker sets out not only to find his grave, but also redemption. Poetically merging archive material, new footage and an immersive soundscape, The Third Dad is a brave journey of memory, self-discovery and a desperate attempt at reconciliation.
Run Time: 6 mins
Growing up in an interracial family in mid-Missouri, Mazy Gilleylen has been grappling with her identities; not only with her racial identity, but with her gender identity. Although still facing strong judgment from society, Mazy’s parents have been working hard to ensure that their daughter can grow up in a safe and happy environment.
Country: United Arab Emirates
Run Time: 9 mins
A woman recounts her traumatizing experience with female genital mutilation as a young girl.
An Islander by Choice
Run Time: 8 mins
After a personal tragedy, Janet Ogilvie moved to Birchill, PEI, to run an alpaca farm. Some wounds may never heal but in the rolling green hills of Prince Edward Island and her woolly heard Janet has found a small slice of peace.
What Happened to Her
Run Time: 16 mins
“What Happened to Her” is a forensic exploration of our cultural obsession with images of dead women on screen. Interspersing found footage and one actor’s experience of playing the part of a corpse, the film offers a meditative critique on the trope of the dead female body.
Run Time: 4 mins
Members of the Harlem Honeys and Bears, a synchronized swim team for seniors, describe the freedom of the water.
Director: Alison Klayman
Run Time: 30 mins
Carmen Herrera has been a pioneering abstract painter since the 1940s, but only received recognition in recent years. She turned 100 years old in 2015 and still paints every day. She has an upcoming solo show at the Whitney Museum this fall. Carmen is just one example of the many great artists whose accomplishments have been overlooked because of their gender, ethnicity, or social standing and whose lives demonstrate the power of artistic vision to sustain itself.