Feminist & Women's Media Festival | Theory, Practice and Comedies at Brown and Cable Car Cinema

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Feminist & Women's Media Festival | Theory, Practice and Comedies at Brown and Cable Car Cinema


Smith, Andy, Providence Journal (Providence, RI)


The Feminist & Women's Media Festival, put together by members of Brown University's department of modern culture and media, will be held in Providence from Friday through Sunday.

The festival will include film, television, video, Web episodes, photography and panels featuring media theorists, critics, programmers, and creators. Events will take place at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St., and Brown's Granoff Center for Creative Arts, 154 Angell St.

Admission to the festival is free.

Maggie Hennefeld, a doctoral student at Brown and a co-organizer of the festival, said the festival's creators wanted it to be open to the wider community, which is one reason the events are divided between the Brown campus and the Cable Car.

She said there had been a Women's Film Festival in 2010 that had lasted six days. Although the Feminist & Women's Media Festival is shorter, she said, it includes a more diverse range of programming.

She said the earliest work to be shown dates back to 1907; the most recent includes Web-based material made within the past few months.

By and large, she said, the festival is not showing mainstream commercial material. "We want to highlight work that often doesn't get shown," she said.

One of the films that will be shown at the festival is "In My Genes," a documentary released in 2009 about albinos in Africa produced and directed by Lupita Nyong'o, who won a 2013 Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in "12 Years a Slave. …

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