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The Newcomb Feminist Film Series is a collaborative project intended to provide students, faculty, staff, and community members the local opportunity to see female-focused films not traditionally screened in a movie theater.  Each film screening features presentations by outside experts, filmmakers, directors, or faculty with discussions related to the theme of the movie to add to the viewing experience.

For more information about upcoming films, email nsp@tulane.edu.

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Past Screenings

Fall 2013

"Girl From Birch Creek"

Wednesday, October 9

A woman faces tragedy and hardship as a young girl in Depression-era Kansas, but grows up to fight the battle for equal justice and for women's equality during the 1970's, opening the doors of opportunity for generations of women who will come after her. The film tells the story of Rosalie Wahl, first woman appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court; and the story of the movement that made her appointment possible.


"The Invisible War"

Thursday, October 10

A groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. 

 

"Kate Bornstein: A Work In Progress"

Wednesday, November 20

This film is a character-driven, feature-length, portrait film about the internationally renowned and celebrated author Kate Bornstein - a post-modern gender theorist, performance artist, trans-dyke, former high-ranking scientologist, heavily tattooed and pierced, 64 year old Jewish, queer icon.

Spring 2013


"A Sporting Change: The Lasting Legacy of Title IX"
Thursday, January 31

This documentary reveals Title IX's story and portrays how it has helped transform athletic participation for women, as well as the immense impact it has left in the 40 years since its enacting. The film also includes personal stories from people who went beyond gender barriers in their athletic careers.


"Game Change"
Monday, February 25

Game Change is a searing, behind-the-scenes look at John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, from the decision to select Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate to the ticket's ultimate defeat in the general election just sixty days later. The film examines how we chose our leaders by offering a unique glimpse into the inner workings of an historic campaign.


"Anne Braden: Southern Patriot"
Monday, March 11

An inquiry into the extraordinary if largely unsung life of Anne Braden, organizer, agitator, Southerner, journalist, feminist, teacher and mentor. Braden's reflections on the history and significance of six decades of racial justice organizing is interspersed with commentary from civil rights leaders, historians, community organizers, educators, environmental advocates, friends and foes. 


"It Was Rape"
Monday, April 8

Rape is wrong, illegal, reprehensible-- and yet still tragically common. In this film, eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. Ultimately, these stories shed light on how this epidemic affects us all.

Spring 2012

"Made in Dagenham"
Friday, February 3

This 2010 drama is based on the true story of how women in the UK fought for equal pay for equal work in 1968. The event included a discussion led by Prof. Sally Kenney, Executive Director of the Newcomb College Institute and Professor of Political Science.

"Defending our Lives"

Thursday, February 16

Domestic violence is the single greatest cause of injury to women in America - more than muggings, rapes, and car accidents combined. A woman in the United States is more likely to be killed by her partner than by any other assailant. Sarah Buel, a district attorney, outlines the problem throughout this Oscar-winning documentary - not merely as a member of the criminal justice system, but as a former battered woman. This event was screened in conjunction with the course "Law and Politics of Domestic Violence."

"The Sunken City: Rebuilding Post-Katrina New Orleans"

Friday, March 2

This screening included a discussion with filmmaker and Professor of History Marline Otte, about her documentary on Post-Katrina New Orleans as it oscillated between recovery and rebuilding over the course of two years (2006-2008). The film highlights the work of both local citizens and volunteers from all over the nation as they established grassroots organizations, set up food banks, provided medical care, gutted homes, and rebuilt schools and public libraries. The documentary follows these events, takes stock of the loss that defines the "storm generation," and features interviews with "third responders," who dedicate themselves to rebuilding morale among those dispirited by the slowness of recovery.

"Screaming Queens"
Friday, April 20
The EMMY Award-winning documentary "Screaming Queens" tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States - a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn. This screening included an introduction by Gender & Sexuality Studies Professor Red Tremmel, and also included a discussion with Prof. Tremmel and members of the community group BreakOUT!

Fall 2011

"Miss Representation"

Friday, September 16

In this provocative, of-the-moment film, Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom interwove stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, and Gloria Steinem to give us an inside look at the media and its messages for and about women today. This screening included a discussion with special guest speaker Professor Celeste Lay from the department of Political Science.

"Sin By Silence"

Friday, October 7

In honor of the 20th anniversary Take Back the Night event on October 26, the Newcomb College Institute screened "Sin by Silence," about a group of extraordinary women shattering misconceptions of domestic violence from behind prison walls. The event will featured special guest speakers Prof. Tania Tetlow, Director of the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic, and Mary Baldwin Kennedy, Assistant Warden, Unit 1, LA Correctional Institute for Women.

"Business of Being Born"

Friday, November 18

Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth has also now become big business. Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruited filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies. Epstein gained access to several pregnant women as they weighed their options which include doulas, midwives, birthing centers and C-sections. Along the way, Epstein conducted interviews with a number of obstetricians, experts and advocates about the history, culture and economics of childbirth. This screening included a discussion with filmmaker Abby Epstein.

Spring 2011

"The Canal Street Madam"

Friday, February 4

This documentary tells the story of Jeanette Maier, who was a successful New Orleans madam until an FBI bust upended her life. Her discreet clientele included a number of powerful, high-ranking politicians, who escaped exposure. The film documents Maier's work to reinvent herself, to reclaim her public persona, and to protect her family. Introducing the film is Prof. Alecia Long, Assistant Professor of History at Louisiana State University and author of The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, And Respectability in New Orleans, 1865-1920.

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell"

Friday, March 25

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country's civil war. Their actions were a criti¬cal element in bringing about agreement during the stalled peace talks.

"Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival"

Friday April 15

The film is a documentary about former striptease dancer Dixie Evans ("The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque") who uses her social security check to transform a goat farm in the middle of the Mojave Desert into the world's first and only museum and retirement home devoted to striptease dancers. Co-sponsored by Newcomb Sexuality and Gender Alliance, this event included a discussion with filmmaker and faculty member Dr. Red Tremmel.

Fall 2010

"Nobody Knows My Name": Women in Hip-Hop

Saturday October 23

This screening featured a discussion with director Dr. Rachel Raimist about her documentary film, which tells the story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music.

"Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy"

Friday November 19

This special screening included a discussion with director Mark Schuller. Told through the lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, "Poto Mitan" gives the global economy a human face.

"Eat the Kimono"

Wednesday, December 1

We were thrilled to present: "Eat the Kimono," a brilliant documentary about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese feminist and avant-garde dancer and performer, who has spent her life defying her conservative culture's contempt for independence and unconventionality. Following the movie, the Newcomb Art Gallery was open late to view their exhibit "FASHIONING KIMONO: ART DECO AND MODERNISM IN JAPAN."

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