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!
BLUESTOCKING FILM FESTIVAL 2017
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.
Elle Schneider, director / Anna Carini, writer / Calliope Porter, Anna Carini, producers
Synopsis: A seemingly ordinary woman is clearly having an un-ordinary day.
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.
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.
RHONNA AND DONNA
Daina Pusic, writer-director / Helen Gladders, producer
Synopsis: How are you supposed to act when you are conjoined at the hip?
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.
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.
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.
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…
Show us your female-driven, Bechdel-Tested short narrative films!
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
This past summer, during the Bluestocking 2016 weekend, a crew of filmmakers and guests of the festival gathered in a photo studio with photographer and Bluestocking alum (and ally) Reggie Burrows Hodges to have some fun and create some Cinema (R)Evolution magic.
Hodges created these concept photos starting from the idea that, in a world where just 9% of the top 250 grossing commercial films are directed by women, we need to continue to call for 50% gender equity in the film industry, both above and below the line, in front of and behind the camera.
These are the stunning result of what we heard was a rabble-rousing, sweaty good time for all. Enjoy!
There’s a splendid truth in the phrase “there’s power in numbers.” Because one can’t deny that people who work together are greater than they can ever be working apart. So during the two days of the Bluestocking Film Series there were a slew of networking and social events that catered to this mantra.
It all started a week earlier with a hashtag: Drive She Said, which brought women across social media to engage in a live tweeting session to talk about women both behind and in front of the camera. Each tweet was accompanied with #DriveSheSaid and a beautiful conversation started virtually about the need for complex female characters as well as praise for storytellers like Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes who are presently providing those types of characters in the industry. The feeling of camaraderie during the live tweet was then carried into the real world during the weekend in Portland, ME.
One of the first networking events was held at Slab, a restaurant with its staple items being pizza and drinks. Women from all parts of the country, some as far as New Zealand, came representing all aspects of film. Each woman stood up and stated their name, their specialty in the field and what they were looking to get out of the weekend in Portland. Watching woman after woman stand up and introduce themselves one thing was strikingly clear: our commitment to equity for women in the industry being the standard, not the exception.
All of the filmmakers, women and men, who created stories that put women and their experiences at the forefront represent what I hope to be a new trend: getting women behind the wheel. We too deserve a spot on the tracks, a chance behind the wheel and a future where our success will be greater and more frequent than ever before.