WAM!Boston Film Festival 2012
Saturday, March 24
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
WAM!Boston presents a unique lineup of films made by and about women from up-and-coming filmmakers, many from the Boston area. Q&A with the filmmakers or film subjects will follow each screening. Get your tickets in advance here. Tickets may also available at the door if supplies last. Or buy an all-festival pass for just $20!
1:00 pm: The Fruit of Our Labor
Afghan women share stories of their fight for social change. Going far beyond western media coverage of Afghanistan, these self-produced short docs provide a fresh perspective on Afghan women’s issues. We’ll screen three shorts from the series, touching on issues of girls’ education, women with disabilities, addiction, family, marriage and more. Q&A to follow. $5. (more info…)
2:30pm: Animated and Experimental Shorts
Fiction and non-fiction shorts. Relationships, mortality, and mental health are explored in creative ways ranging from stop-motion to SecondLife.
Q&A to follow. $5. (more info…)
4:45pm: Marks & Milestones
Ranging from humorous to poignant, these short films explore the milestones of women’s lives, and the ways that outward appearance can be deeply tied to identity. Q&A to follow. $5. (more info…)
7:00pm: A Moment in Her Story
Stories from the Boston Women’s Movement
Starting in 1968, the Second Wave of feminism rippled across the U.S., demanding expanded possibilities for women of all races and classes. In the Boston area, students, professionals, community activists and working class mothers, from Dorchester to Cambridge came together to demand change. Featuring interviews with Rita Arditti, Liane Brandon, Nancy Hawley, and other local activists, this documentary provides testimony of the movement’s transforming energy, creativity, and determination. Fine cut screening.
Q&A to follow. (2012, dir.: Catherine Russo, 90 min) $8.
9:30pm: No Look Pass
The coming-of-age American Dream story of Emily “Etay” Tay, a first generation Burmese immigrant from Chinatown, Los Angeles, who breaks all of the rules of tradition. After living a double life at Harvard University, she strives to play professional basketball while coming out as a lesbian. Emily’s dreams are no slam dunk — family, race, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell conspire against her, firing her passions on and off the court. This riveting documentary is a Boston-area premiere! Q&A to follow. (2011, dir.: Melissa Johnson, 87 min) $8. (more info…)
What Do You Know?
Elementary school children discuss what they know about gays and lesbians in this fun, honest, and thought-provoking short. (2011, dir.: Ellen Brodsky, 13 min) (more info…)