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Collaboration Focuses on Experimental Feminist Filmmakers

Brooklyn Rail interviews Professors Julie Wyman and Irene Lusztig (UCSC) about their interview project.

A collaborative project that created an ongoing collective archive of interviews with feminist experimental filmmakers was developed in 2017 by feminist filmmaking students at UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis. The students were invited to each select a filmmaker, research their work in detail, and invite the filmmaker to have a conversation with them. Students thoughts about things like how to find their own creative role models, how to learn from listening, and how to learn from intergenerational feminist conversation. Most (though not all!) of these makers personally identify as both feminist and experimental makers, and many of these conversations invite the filmmakers to respond directly to those labels–sometimes in complicated ways. The hope is that this website can continue to grow into a database and resource for others hoping to learn more about feminist filmmaking!

This project was co-created by students working with Irene Lusztig, UC Santa Cruz, and Julie Wyman, UC Davis.

View the FemExFilm Archive website here.

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