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S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) Day Screening: “Girl From God’s Country”

Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 pm

Event hosted by: NYWIFT

Event hosted by: SVA BFA Film

Reserve Tickets

Join NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, the School of Visual Arts BFA Film Department, African-American Women in Cinema, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Women Make Movies, African-American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) and HerFlix for a screening of the documentary Girl From God’s Country: The History of Women in Film and Other War Stories by director Karen Day in recognition of S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) Day, an annual event on the last Saturday of March that celebrates women artists. There will be a Q&A and reception following the screening.

Girl From God’s Country: The History of Women in Film and Other War Stories
Karen Day (Director); 2016, 66 mins.

Girl From God’s Country is the untold story of the first female independent filmmaker and action-adventure heroine, Nell Shipman (1892-1970), who left Hollywood to make her films in Idaho. An unadulterated, undiscovered adventure tale of a pioneering woman who rewrote the rules of filmmaking, and, in so doing, paved the way for independent voices – especially prominent female voices in today’s film industry. Her storylines of self-reliant women overcoming physical challenges in the wilderness and often, rescuing the male lead, shattered the predictable cinematic formulas of large studio productions. Featuring rare archival footage by early pioneers, including minority filmmakers, Zora Neale Hurston and Miriam Wong, the first Chinese-American filmmaker in 1914 and present day interviews with Geena Davis and the Director of Women in Film, Girl From God’s Country discuss how gender-inequities that Shipman and her counterparts faced perpetuate in today’s film industry. Emblematic of an entire lost generation of female producers and directors in silent film, Nell Shipman’s legacy has remained a buried treasure in film history for nearly 100 years.

This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP here.