Bluestocking 2017 Returns to Maine

Announcing Maine dates for #Bluestocking2017

SCREENINGS ARE NO ADMISSION AND 100% FREE — GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

ANNUAL YOUTH SCREENING FOR PRE-COLLEGE STUDENTS*

SATURDAY, JULY 15
12:30PM
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART
OSHER AUDITORIUM
PORTLAND

Screening:
"Rhonna and Donna"
"Shauna Is A Liar"
"They Charge For The Sun"
"Kimbap" (Bluestocking 2014)
"Girls" (Bluestocking 2015)
"Q.U.E.E.N." (Bluestocking 2016)

*Some seats will be available to the general public day of show. Message us if you'd like to put names on the list! The show is appropriate for teens aged 15+.

BLUESTOCKING 2017 TOURING PROGRAM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
DOORS AT 7:00PM / SHOW STARTS AT 7:15PM
TALBOT AUDITORIUM AT LUTHER BONNEY HALL
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE, PORTLAND CAMPUS

Screening:
"Bliss Blue"
"Las Rubias" ("The Blondes")
"Real Artists"
"Rhonna and Donna"
"Shauna Is A Liar"
"Terminal"
"They Charge For The Sun"
"Zarpazo"

 

Bluestocking 2017 SNEAK PREVIEW >> May 18

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Want to see the Bluestocking 2017 films before they world premiere in Los Angeles in June? Head on down the road to Soundstage 909 in Portsmouth, NH on May 18 when Leah's Movie Lowdown will host a sneak preview at 7:00 PM. Just $5 admission to see these great female-driven, Bechdel-Wallace tested films. For more information, click here. Hope to see you there!

Announcing Bluestocking 2017 Official Selections

BLUESTOCKING FILM FESTIVAL 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

8 Short Female-Driven Films by 8 Talented Directors are selected to premiere at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles on June 23, 2017. Bluestocking 2017 films will also travel across Maine and around the country (schedule still to be determined). Check out trailers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

BLISS BLUE

Elle Schneider, director / Anna Carini, writer / Calliope Porter, Anna Carini, producers

Synopsis: A seemingly ordinary woman is clearly having an un-ordinary day.

RT: 10:19

LAS RUBIAS (THE BLONDES)

Carlota Martinez Pereda, writer-director / Mario Madueño, producer

Synopsis: Blonde, pretty and delinquent. Nothing stands in the way of Marta and Pepa...except another blonde. Inspired by real events.

RT: 17:00

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REAL ARTISTS

Cameo Wood, director/producer / Ryon Lane & Alexa Fraser-Herron, co-producers

Synopsis: Set in the near future, and based on Ken Liu’s short story of the same name, Sophia has just scored every animator’s dream. But in order to maintain her artistic integrity, it’s going to take all of Sophia’s instincts and nerve.

RT: 12:00

RHONNA AND DONNA

Daina Pusic, writer-director / Helen Gladders, producer

Synopsis: How are you supposed to act when you are conjoined at the hip?

RT: 14:40

SHAUNA IS A LIAR

Chell Stephen, writer-director / Kristy Neville, producer

Synopsis: An isolated, imaginative, perfectionist exacts ill-conceived revenge on all liars of the world via the one target she has access to: a classmate sharing her name.

RT: 10:10

TERMINAL

Natasha Waugh, writer-director / David C. Lynch, producer

Synopsis: TERMINAL is a short film about the decisions women make in the face of overwhelming personal circumstance.

RT: 10:50

THEY CHARGE FOR THE SUN

Terence Nance, director / Eugene Ramos, writer / Guilia Caruso, Kady Kamakaté, Ana Souza, producers

Synopsis: In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young black girl unravels the lie that has kept her and her sister in the dark.

RT: 16:46

ZARPAZO

Nerea Castro Andreu, writer-director / Ziggurat Films, production

Synopsis: Mar and Xara meet in a remote mountain setting. Everything is prepared to make the leap into hiding…

RT: 14:30

Greetings from Bluestocking HQ

Bluestocking 2017 (R)Evolution

Statement from Bluestocking Film Series Founder, Kate Kaminski

Bluestocking began as an experiment that asked the question: if I brought female-centered, female-directed films to Maine, would the audience show up? Over the past six years, the audience has indeed grown and Bluestocking’s 2016 event was the biggest yet, engaging women in film activists and the larger film industry in new and exciting ways.

A range of special guests, bloggers, and talented filmmakers from across the country turned our 6th annual festival into a riotous celebration of film inclusion and strong, complex women on-screen, behind the camera, and in the room.

From the very first screening in October of 2011 at St. Lawrence Arts Center, we have celebrated and promoted talented filmmakers who take the creative risk of placing female protagonists front and center, serving as an exclusive international showcase to amplify diverse female voices and stories. I am immensely proud of the contribution Bluestocking has made to the chorus of voices across the country and around the world demanding film equality.

The statistics speak for themselves: in six years, we have screened 84 films, brought 43 guest artists to Maine and presented in 16 venues to an audience of thousands (in Maine, the U.S. and around the globe). Noteworthy, generous sponsors and grantors have shared our vision all along and to them we are grateful.

In 2017, Bluestocking will commence on a quest to expand its mission and build capacity by focusing on organizing presentations in areas where support for that mission is strong and vital.

What does this mean in real terms?

  1. I will embark on a curatorial expedition to find and invite wonderful, well-produced, female-driven narrative short films to take out on the road.
  2. Bluestocking will travel across the country and around the world. From Los Angeles to Minneapolis to Sweden and the U.K., the chances that Bluestocking’s program could screen in a city near you are better than ever.
  3. In lieu of a Portland-based festival in July 2017, we will seek unconventional venues around Maine where we can organize “pop up” screenings of selected films. These types of informal screenings will allow us to reach audiences that we haven’t yet.

As a filmmaker, I identify myself as a cinema anarchist. That means I don’t play by the rules that others set for what a film should look like (or what camera I should use, etc.), how the script should be written, or who should be the main character. As the founder of this festival, from the beginning, I have set Bluestocking’s course to prove only one thing: that audiences love a good story no matter what the protagonist’s gender is. That we are now taking a new direction in the way that we present Bluestocking’s program feels like (r)evolution. And that’s exciting.

In closing, I want to thank again our audiences and all the many wonderful people who’ve volunteered their time, energy, money, and support for Bluestocking over the years. To all of you, I say, our mission remains the same. Now, onward!

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