Teaching Women’s Filmmaking

Keynote Presentation (‘Making Nearby: On teaching and unlearning women’s filmmaking through the audiovisual essay‘) by Catherine Grant on April 16, 2021 for the Teaching Women’s Filmmaking Conference, Department of Film and Television, Istanbul Bilgi University. [ABSTRACT (PDF); DOWNLOAD SLIDES (PDF)]

Videos shown or mentioned

Example of feminist fan-subbing practice as material thinking

Recommended interview

‘There is No Such Thing as Documentary’: An Interview with Trinh T. Minh-ha by Erika Balsom, Frieze, Nov 2018

Recommended or mentioned video essays by women scholars on women filmmakers or feminist filmmaking topics

  • Mentioned: Catherine Grant’s videos on women’s filmmaking: https://vimeo.com/showcase/8364276
  • Mentioned: Catherine Grant, ‘El embrujo de La mujer sin cabeza‘ [‘The Haunting of The Headless Woman’ – Video and text in Spanish with English Translation], Tecmerin: Revista de Ensayos Audiovisuales, 2,  Julio 2019: – Español: https://tecmerin.uc3m.es/revista-2-1/; English: https://tecmerin.uc3m.es/en/journal-2-1/. In English: The Haunting of The Headless Woman: https://vimeo.com/301095918
  • Mentioned: Deborah Martin and Catherine Grant, ‘Water Turtles/Tortugas Aquáticas‘, 16:9, 2019. http://www.16-9.dk/2019/09/water-turtles/
  • Recommended: Jessica McGoff’s video on Women’s Time Image (asking: how to account for a shift in the conception of time when dealing with the cinematic female body. Using Kristeva and Deleuze: ‘female directors such as Akerman have “produced innovations in this cinema of bodies, as if women had to conquer the source of their own attitudes and the temporality which corresponds to them as individual or common gest.”’) https://vimeo.com/218213287
  • Recommended: Tracy Cox-Stanton’s videos in her essay ‘“Cat People as Meshwork”: Animism, Déjà-Viewing, and Cine-Magic’, The Cine-Files, issue 14, Spring 2019. http://www.thecine-files.com/coxstantonmeshwork/
  • Recommended: Allison de Fren’s video Fembot in a Red Dress (an examination of the cultural trope of the “lady in red” as it evolved from the genre of film noir to science fiction and from the human to the artificial female in a variety of film and television texts): https://vimeo.com/140950223
  • Recommended: Chloé Galibert-Laîné’s video essay Watching the Pain of Others, which studies her experience of watching Penny Lane’s film The Pain of Others: https://vimeo.com/298425068
  • Recommended: Nzingha Kendall, I Feel, Therefore I Can Be Free on De cierta manera/One way or another, by Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez: https://vimeo.com/232594484

Other Recommended Resources

  • Edited by – filmmaker Su Friedrich’s website on women film editors : http://womenfilmeditors.princeton.edu
  • African Women in Cinema Blog by Beti Ellerson: http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com
  • Red de investigación del Audiovisual hecho por Mujeres en América Latina / Latin American Women’s Audiovisual Research Network – an inclusive and non-hierarchical space created to promote collaboration and knowledge exchange among those investigating cis and trans women’s participation in the production of film, video, television, and other audiovisual media in Latin America. Researchers from any geographic origin and level of expertise are welcomed: https://red-rama.com / https://www.facebook.com/ramaRedRAMA
  • Another Gaze – feminist film journal, founded in January 2016 by Daniella Shreir: