Farewell, Bluestocking — Statement from Founder Kate Kaminski

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December 18, 2018

It’s never easy announcing to the world that your relationship is over. When I think back to the great times we shared, the amazing people we met, and the relationships we will carry forward and forever cherish, there can never be any regrets. But the time has come. It is not without sorrow that I announce that Bluestocking Film Series will not be opening entries for 2019 in January, and there are no current plans to continue the festival in the future.

Most people go into relationships with a mindset that it will last forever, but that wasn’t true for us. With every passing year, we were often filled with doubt about our future, alternately buoyed by hope and dashed against the rocks by despair. We demanded each other’s full attention, yet that was rarely possible because life (and paying the bills) always seemed to get in the way of our good time.

But I will miss you, dear Bluestocking. You introduced me to people and experiences I would not otherwise have had if I hadn’t taken a chance on you. As a self-proclaimed cineanarchist making films in Maine, it has not been so easy for me to fit in, and I have cherished the opportunities you’ve given me to connect with so many talented, independent filmmakers across the globe.

Since I have always been “in it” for the films (and if there is any lasting legacy of our relationship), I hope people will remember their experience of sitting in a theater and watching one female-driven story after another unfold on-screen. My favorite reaction after screenings was always when people pointed out how unusual and refreshing it was to see such a variety of fem-centered stories all in the same program. And I was instrumental in creating that experience. What an honor.

As I contemplate life after Bluestocking, I feel full of optimism. When Bluestocking and I first got together, we were one-of-a-kind, but now we are one of many festivals around the world that bring forward diverse representations of women for audiences to savor. That is beyond heartening when it’s clear that in many ways women remain second class citizens. And having neglected my own work for the past eight years, the idea of some extra time to dream and create is pretty exciting.

I do have film programming in my blood, so I will continue to present my fall popup screening event Fem.Cine.Anarchy for the foreseeable future (stay tuned for details). And of course, we are thrilled that Bluestocking will have a screening block at the first ever Coven Film Festival in San Francisco in February 2019. We will also continue to affordably provide Bluestocking films to nonprofits and other groups who want to bring female-driven work to their cities or towns, whether for fundraising or consciousness-raising. (Inquire here.)

In closing, I want to reiterate that Bluestocking and I had a great 8-year run together. We made a difference. And I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.

Yours in solidarity for better on-screen representation,

Kate Kaminski

I want to extend extra special thanks to:

My partner Betsy Carson, who volunteered so very many hours of her time, and held my hand and kept me going in the best and worst of times.

John Gailey and Joellen Berger Gailey Foundation for much needed financial and moral support over the past three years.

Kyna Morgan, Kari Wagner-Peck and Deb Tenenbaum without whom Bluestocking would have surely dwindled and died before her time.

Ellen Tejle (A-Markt) and Aase Högfeldt (LadyBug Festival) for believing in and supporting the festival mission.

All our honored judges and prize jurors who volunteered hours to watch and debate the submitted films.

The filmmakers who honored us by submitting their work.

Marian Evans (Wellywood Woman blog), Thuc Nguyen (Bitch Pack), and Shaula Evans (shaulaevans.com) for being wonderful advocates (on and off social media) and whom I count as friends even though we have never met IRL.

Dear friends (and film school buddies) Wilma Davis and Annie Kelly Cormier who both tirelessly worked with me to put together the best possible program year after year.

Michelle Kantor, Jenna Payne, and all the Cinefemme family for welcoming us and supporting and championing our cause.

Barbara Ann O’Leary (DirectedbyWomen) for unflagging support.

Our devoted Portland audiences who have kept a candle burning in the window for Bluestocking since 2011. We wouldn’t have made it as far as we did if not for you.

Bluestocking Films Approved at SPACE Gallery, Portland Museum of Art

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Starting in September 2018, in partnership with SPACE Gallery and Portland Museum of Art, Bluestocking will put a stamp of approval on female-centered content playing on local screens and offer Free Ticket giveaways on Facebook. As the first A-Rated film event in the U.S., we are excited to see this abundance of women-directed and female-driven film in Maine. Thank you to Jon Courtney! And we hope to see you at the movies...

Bluestocking 2017 Tour hits Boston March 15!

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Bluestocking 2017 Touring Program

MARCH 15, 2018 | 6:30 PM

WGBH'S YAWKEY THEATRE, ONE GUEST STREET, BOSTON, MA 02135

Sponsored by Women in Film and Video New England. Networking event starts at 6:30, screening starts at approx. 7:15 with Q&A afterward. The event will be free for WIFVNE members, free for WGBH employees, free for WGBH members, $10 for non-members and non-employees.

Tickets on sale NOW!

Bluestocking 2017 goes to Philadelphia, April 12, 2018!

Bluestocking's 2017 touring program of eight female-driven, Bechdel-Wallace tested short films will land in Philadelphia, PA on April 12, 2018. The program is sponsored by Philadelphia Women in Film and Television. Thank you to board member Caryn Hunt!

This is Bluestocking's first time screening in Pennsylvania (founder Kate Kaminski's home state, by the way) and we're looking forward to introducing the program to area audiences.

The location is still to be confirmed, but all details about this and other upcoming screenings can be found here.

Bluestocking 2017 Returns to Maine

Announcing Maine dates for #Bluestocking2017

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

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"

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+.