Fifth Annual Davis Feminist Film Festival Set to OpenThe Molky Way

The Consortium for Women and Research, in collaboration with Film Studies, is presenting the 2010 Davis Feminist Film Festival, a grassroots event that uses alternative media as a springboard for linking art to social issues.

The goal of the festival is to showcase independent film spanning documentary, narrative, and experimental genres in order to explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture.

Now in its 5th year and increasingly international in scope, the festival provides an inclusive public space for under-represented artists – particularly women and people of color – to raise consciousness about gender, race, class, sexuality, and other dimensions of social inequality. It is a fun, inspiring, community-building event for artists and audiences alike!

The festival will be held April 9 & 10 at the Veteran's Memorial Theatre, 203 East 14th St. in Davis, CA.

The Davis Feminist Film Festival puts Davis on the map for promoting feminist filmmaking. This year we received more than 120 submissions from Davis, California, cities and towns across the US, and many other countries, including Germany, Spain, Iran, and Britain. The filmmakers range from film studies students and faculty to independent artists and activists.

The films featured this year are variously funny, sad, charming, quirky, disturbing, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Using redubbed classic archival footage to create a 1950s setting, Never Too Late humorously critiques the effects of Prop 8 on California. Capturing the universal spirit of adventure, The Molky Way depicts a 73-year-old Iranian woman's long-distance expedition to visit friends and family not seen in twenty years.

A painful yet poignant narrative film, Whore portrays the all-too-common difficulties of female adolescence. Punctuated with humor, poignancy, and romance, The Breast Cancer Diaries offers an intimate chronicle of Davis resident Anne Murray Paige's journey with breast cancer, an issue that affects one in seven women worldwide.

Tickets are now available at the UCD Women's Resources and Research Center and the Davis Farmer’s Market for $5-15 per night, sliding scale, pay according to financial means. Tickets are also available at Armadillo Records in Davis and The Beat in Sacramento for $7 students, $10 general admission per night. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 students, $15 general admission per night.

A reception with food and wine for sale will start at 5pm. Films will begin at 6pm.

This year's festival also features a Silent Auction with donations from: Alphabet Moon, AquaSports Island Kayaking, Barista Brew Cafe, Bikram Yoga, Candy House of Davis, Davis Food Co-op, Fleet Feet Sports, Ground Zero Board Shop, Heidi Bekebrede Cuteware, Himalaya Gifts, Mother and Baby Source, Redwood Barn Nursery, Salon Blonde, Smooth As Silk, Sweet Briar Books, and Woodstock's.

The Davis Feminist Film Festival is organized and hosted by the Consortium for Women and Research at UC Davis with assistance from the Film Studies Program. This year's festival is funded in part by the City of Davis Arts Contract Program.

All proceeds go toward operating costs and providing invaluable internship experience for the student organizers. Campus co-sponsors include: Art Studio, ASUCD Gender and Sexuality Commission, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Davis Humanities Institute, English, Hemispheric Institute for the Americas, Spanish, Technocultural Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and  Women's Resources and Research Center.

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