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Women Filmmakers Festival

Join the Smithsonian American Art Musuem for their third annual Women Filmmakers Festival that highlights women artists working outside the Hollywood game, making their own rules and seeking adventurous audiences for their bold visions. This year the festival will take place virtually, with screenings of three groundbreaking video artworks throughout March 2021. Each week a new film will be available for limited-time viewing. Viewers are encouraged to enjoy the films and submit questions and comments, which will be compiled and discussed each Wednesday in a live virtual conversation program with the featured woman filmmaker of the week. Mark your calendar and tune in for all of our film screenings. Register now for each artist’s conversation!

Wednesday, March 3, 5:30 p.m. ET

Lessons from Environmental Histories with Cecilia Vicuña

Join renowned Chilean American artist Cecilia Vicuña for a virtual conversation about her work that explores the deep histories, coastal traditions, and the ecology of her homeland of Chile. Enjoy two short video artworks, Seed Song (2015) and Un nudo vivo/ A Living Knot (2017), featuring artistic rituals for healing human-environment relations. Vicuña is joined in conversation by Amalia Cordova, Latino curator for digital and emerging media at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Saisha Grayson, time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Vicuña’s film Kon Kon (2010) is also available for viewing on the Women Filmmakers Virtual Festival webpage from Monday, March 1, to Sunday, March 7. Questions and comments submitted by viewers about the film will be discussed during this virtual program.

This program is made possible by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, and is co-presented with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

 

Wednesday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. ET

Lessons from Activist Histories with Coco Fusco

Join award-winning artist and writer Coco Fusco for a virtual conversation about her work that examines the complex relationships between art, politics, and identity since the 1990s. Watch a screening of Fusco’s 2004 a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, which explores the role of photography in the FBI’s hunt for and trial of Black Power activist Angela Davis. Fusco is joined in conversation by Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Saisha Grayson, time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Learn more about how government surveillance impacts activists in the era of camera phones and facial recognition technologies. Fusco’s film La botella al mar de María Elena (2015) is also available for viewing on the Women Filmmakers Virtual Festival webpage from Monday, March 8, to Sunday, March 14. Questions and comments submitted by viewers about the film will be discussed during this virtual program.

This program is made possible by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, and is co-presented with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Wednesday, March 17, 5:30 p.m. ET

Lessons from Pandemic Histories with Mariam Ghani

Join internationally exhibited artist, filmmaker, and writer Mariam Ghani for a virtual conversation about two of her upcoming projects developed around the 100th anniversary of the 1918 pandemic. Watch clips from the film DIS-EASE, which examines themes of illness, otherness, and invasion. Then enjoy the short The Fire Next Time. This film traces the connection between epidemics and social upheaval from the 1800s to the present. Ghani is joined in conversation by Saisha Grayson, time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Sabrina Sholts, the eruptions curator of biological anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Learn more about Ghani’s films, Sholts’s 2018 exhibit Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, and how past health crises inform how we navigate COVID-19’s impact on our individual lives and societal landscapes. Ghani’s documentary What We Left Unfinished (2019) is also available for viewing on the Women Filmmakers Virtual Festival webpage from Monday, March 15, to Sunday, March 22. Questions and comments submitted by viewers about this film will be discussed during this virtual program.

This program is made possible by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, and is co-presented with the National Museum of Natural History.

Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Past Dates

  • Tuesday, March 2, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Location

Online