Film Series

These films will be shown throughout the conference, addressing subjects of relevance to Gender, Women’s, and LGBTQ Studies.

Also check out the documentaries that are a part of the multi-year Women and Girls Lead-Wisconsin project cosponsored by Wisconsin Public Television, the University of Wisconsin Women’s Studies Consortium, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Come to the poster session Friday, October 17th at 3:15 to learn about the expanded Wisconsin Women Making History project and how you can bring these films to your campus for free.

Masley Media Room, Red Gym/Armory Free and open to the public

Friday Oct 17, sessions 1G 9-10am, and 2G 10:15-11:15am
American Courtesans, a documentary, plus a discussion with the filmm

This 2-session presentation is a film followed by a presentation by the filmmaker. Every day across the country men and women are arrested for prostitution. What do we know about the men and women who are adult consensual sex workers other than the popular myths? Though society's view of sex has changed over the years – accepting more public display and discussion about things sexual – prostitution, "the oldest profession," still lives in the shadows. Both prostitutes and their customers are forced to operate in the margins of this otherwise open society. They are not part of the discussion about their lives, yet have valuable information and opinion we should hear. The presenter, Kristen DiAngelo, is a San Francisco based producer of American Courtesans, an award-winning documentary about sex workers in the United States. Ms. DiAngelo is an advocate for sex workers and has a unique point of view about sex work and its place in society. She will discuss the role of sex workers in today's society. The presentation will explore the myths about sex workers prevalent today and why they are inaccurate and need to be changed, as do the current laws.
Running time: 90 minutes. View trailer»

Friday October 17, session 3H 1:45-3:20pm
The Barefoot Artist, with Lily Yeh in attendance
Lily Yeh is a global artist who is fueled by a belief that art is a human right, and that artists can create a foundation for profound social change. Slight of frame, but large in spirit and vision, the 70-year-old artist was born in China, lives in Philadelphia, and now, as a constant traveler, the world is her canvas. This film explores 2 sides of Lily’s life that are connected parts of the same journey: her international ventures helping to heal weakened spirits in communities in North America, Africa, China, and India, and a personal journey within, to repair her own fractured family. To embrace the latter, Lily embarks on a trip to China to trace her father’s life, in hopes of resolving life-long guilt that was passed from father to daughter. The Barefoot Artist traces Lily’s evolution as an artist – from her first exposure to Chinese landscape painting as a young girl in China to the hauntingly beautiful memorial she designed to honor the victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It shows her methodology for community building – using art as the foundation – which she has developed over many years as she has worked in impoverished communities around the world. Finally, it reveals the source of her quest, and the personal costs of a life committed to the public. (This film will run through the break.)
Running time: 95 minutes. View trailer»

Saturday October 18, session 8J 6:30-8pm
The Barefoot Artist
See above.

Saturday October 18, session 6I 10-11:30am
Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story
Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, 2 ecosexuals in love, raise performance art hell in West Virginia to help save the region from mountaintop removal destruction. This film chronicles their love, activism, and struggle to save their family home, climaxing with their wedding to the Appalachian Mountains.

Discussion Facilitator Greta Gaard, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, joined by the filmmakers via Skype: Beth Stephens, Performance Artist, Ecosexual and Professor, Art at UC Santa Cruz; and Annie Sprinkle, Performance Artist, Ecosexual, Sexologist
Running time: 70 minutes. View trailer»

Saturday October 1, sessions 7H 1:30-2:30pm, and 8H 4:15-5:30pm
Media for Social Change: Justice For My Sister Campaign, and a discussion with the filmmaker
This is a 2-session presentation with a documentary film shown in session 7H followed by a workshop with the filmmaker in session 8H. The documentary film Justice for my Sister has screened in over 170 communities in Guatemala, and in 20 countries and counting. Panel discussions, leadership development, advocacy training, art interventions, workshops, and other initiatives surrounding the film have constituted a transnational campaign to prevent gender-based violence and promote healthy relationships. This presentation will look at the Justice for my Sister campaign as a case study to examine the possibilities of using media for social change. It is also a special look at the direct result of student activism put into practice in the professional realm.
Kimberly Bautista, Director/Producer, Justice for my Sister, ARTEVISTA FILMS
Running time: 31 minutes. View trailer»

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