Labors of Love

5th Annual Shorts of All Sorts

Every year for the past five years I have felt inspired selecting and screening the works directed by women in the month of September but I guess there is something to be said for anniversaries because this year I felt particularly exhilarated. Granted, co-curator and co-host Eric Rice and I each had a particularly challenging year personally so perhaps that has something to do with my appreciation for the “fifth annual” event – but, at the same time, each year we have managed to get a little more organized and make it all happen. So when it came to the night of this year I was able to enjoy the evening and engage more with the filmmakers and the audience.

We are very grateful to Barbara Ann O’Leary who initiated the Directed by Women global celebration and invited us all to do this five years ago, to all who attended, to Crystal Lake for helping us make everything go smoothly and, of course, to the filmmakers for creating the work!

See here for a resource document about the filmmakers and their films:

SoAS 2019-DbW_Filmmakers and Films

(all photos courtesy of Jack Karp)

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Sometimes the best feminists are men…

I have to give a shout out to two of the men who helped make the Directed by Women – Short and Fun in NYC event happen. Eric Rice who made the program, Facebook banner image and helped coordinate – and Jesse Deganis Librera who shot our Q&A for us.

So there’s the negative aspect of the title of this blog post which is that, as much as I would like to think it’s not true, women can often undermine each other. But that’s a blog post in and of itself.

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And events like the Directed by Women series provide a wonderful counterpoint to that story. I have had nothing but incredible interactions with the talented women who took part in the screening series – and am inspired by Barbara Ann O’Leary’s endeavor and all of the women and men she has gathered to make this all happen.

So now for a few of the men in the equation…

Michael Nazarewycz with the MOT Film Society has put together a screening series to celebrate – check it out –

Eric Rice who helped us put on the Directed by Women – Short and Fun in NYC event has a project where he watches movies by female filmmakers and puts them out there on the twittersphere with #shecandowhatyoucando. Take part in this celebration by checking out the hastag via twitter and watch some of those movies. He has some features but many are shorts (some from established directors, some up and coming or lesser known gems). A great way to celebrate works Directed by Women.