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Friday, March 30, 2007

The Thinking (Wo)man’s Sundance

Video Shorts Segue Women Into Director’s Seat

New York – From silver screen sirens to indie breakout roles, women have always maintained a strong presence in the world of the moving image – that is, at least, on camera. Despite the various mediums that exist today for film and video imagery, the off-camera role of director remains decidedly male terrain. However, for 92 minutes one audience received a glimpse as to how the industry would look if populated, instead, by a slew of Sophia Coppolas.
This year’s International Video Shorts Screening Festival, which features female directors, displayed 22 video shorts out of 66 pieces sent from the around the world, said Sheryl Mousley, curator of film at the Minneapolis-based Walker Art Center. Mousely screened all the submissions for the Feb. 18 festival, held at Barnard College and sponsored by The Women’s Caucus for Art.

The selected shorts were arranged across four categories, including children -- no surprise there -- to identity, memory and place. Unexpected, however, was that just three shorts were featured under the children category, indicating women directors have a lot more on their minds than motherhood. In fact, some of the most evocative pieces in this year’s festival were found in the identity and place categories.
Martha Gorzycki played with the ubiquitous image of the American flag in “Unfurling.” Amid all the entries, this particular short stood out as type of modern artwork than digital short. The flag in Gorzycki’s near two-and-a-half-minute piece is comprised of commerce signs, bar codes, animated cars, windmills and other images strung together, in patterns – creating an American flag comprised of layers which exude rhythms and has a pulse. At the same time, this piece is also a deconstruction of an extremely powerful object, for various reasons, the world over and should find a home in a MoMa-like institution.

Agoraphobia, the notions of limit, and marriage were among other topics explored during the festival. And while it’s safe to say it was inevitable that the Iraq War II and the Sept. 11 attacks would be explored, Donna Stack delivered these themes in an especially tactful piece called “Ten 00:10:00.”

This ten-minute short, comprised of one-minute clips that play in slow motion, include footage taken from these two violent events, skillfully woven together with eight other clips from man-made and natural events (the 2006 India Ocean Tsunami, for example). Yet, there is no sound to this short. The muting of such a crucial element produced visible reactions in the room. The audience was moved by footage ranging from high-tech bombs being released mid-flight, to the heat sensory camera that captured human “targets” being taken out in a US military raid. But it was the silent footage of the abuse of prisoners at the Iraqi prison, Abu Ghraib, which produced audible gasps by the crowd.

And if it’s no surprise that sex and violence sell in America, then director Chelsea Tonelli Knight skillfully repackaged it into a form that did surprise, utilizing a seemingly innocuous tale of an Italian female traveler.

In the eight minute short, “Standing on the Beach in Rimini,” the unseen female narrates three stories from her travels across the Adriatic Sea. One involves meeting a mother in the former Yugoslavia, who, as she fiddles around her kitchen and fusses with her outdated stove, drops this bomb into the conversation -- that two of her three sons were murdered and the community fingers local Muslims for the crime.
But it’s the female Italian’s retelling of a sexual episode involving three strangers in an unfamiliar city that touched a raw nerve with the audience.

Recalling drinking and some hash smoking with these male strangers, our soft spoken narrator reveals she’s unclear as how and why she had sex with all three men one that evening. Perhaps it’s her very blunt description of the factors that lead to her entanglement which created the connection with the audience. As the traveler relates her confusion, in a flat voice, seemingly devoid of emotion, the audience grew completed muted and still. It appeared that many were recalling their own individual wounds from sexual exploitation and as the tales from Knight’s character eventually rolled from the beach in Rimini out to sea, only the sound of the heat being pumped into the college auditorium was heard for several moments.

To be sure, the festival did not disappoint, delivering the ups and downs an audience needs out of an edgy event. That’s because not every short was as polished as the above mentioned, or, in the case of Sarah Kanouse’s “Chasing Billy Caldwell,” even coherent due to poor sound mixing. But the festival is the thinking (wo)man’s Sundance; for example, despite its technical flaw, Kanouse’s short was pleasing for her premise. The just over seven minute short traced the life of Billy Caldwell, a 19th Century Indian-Canadian settler, by using the street and business signs found in an affluent Chicago neighborhood that tap his name.

This mixing of the up-and-comers, with those who should be well on their way to broader recognition, is what makes this international festival truly cutting edge.

The Women’s Caucus for Art, nationally based organization, sized up video shorts as an opportunity for women to chip away at the gender imbalance when it comes to directing. The 4th running of the International Video Shorts Screening was the premiere event for the organization’s 35th Anniversary Celebration in New York City.

Colleen O’Connor Grant - writer/ FCW SOCIETY MEMBER

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we heard a rumor!

Hillary Clinton was asked if is she a feminist and she basically said "HELL YES I'm a feminist!"

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Why I wanted to form the FCW Society...

Women are so Fucking Cool!

Not sure when I realized that I had been meeting some of the most fucking cool women in the world. As far back as I can remember, I have known fucking cool women. Childhood friends, H.S. girlfriends, women you met on the job, girls from the local bars, an aunt, mother, sister, lover, girlfriend, the chick that lived with you for a month - the list could go on and on. All women, everywhere – all kinds. It’s because of this list that I needed to create the “Women are so fucking cool!” project.

It started out with the video. I attempted to try and answer the question, “why are women so fucking cool?”. I was going to interview 20 women and to find this answer. Somewhere after the 2nd woman, I realized that this was one question that was never going to find an answer. So, instead of trying to find the answer, I changed my focus to letting the audience hear other women talking about a fucking cool woman in their lives and reminding them of the fucking cool women they know.

The video was made from 1992-93 while I was living in Chicago. I was going through my twenty-something, feminist, women-centered period. It was an exciting time for me to discover the spirit of sisterhood though the process of this project. For each interview, I used different women as the camera and sound person. I let the women who were shooting, to shoot however they felt like. I wanted to get different women’s perspectives. I asked the same questions to all of the women, but always-new discussions arose from each shoot. We would spend about 2 hours just talking about the cool women in our lives and why they are so special. How fucking empowering can that be? The dancers were friends of a friend. The movements came from their interpretation of the statement; “Women are so Fucking Cool.” The women on the street were videotaped one Sunday afternoon. I stationed myself outside a café on Broadway. I stopped women who were together, and asked them, “do you think women are cool?” If they said yes, then I videotaped them. My sister, Jennifer, took the photos. The video was screened in 1994 at the Women in the Director’s Chair International Film & Video Festival, in Chicago and on DYKE TV, national cable access program.

A few years ago, I was meeting some pretty fucking cool women in NYC and wanted to do part two of the project. Email had just begun to really start taking off. I emailed all the women that I knew, asking them to compile a list of fucking cool women and send it back to me. I also had them forward the request to other women. For 2 months, I received emails from so many fucking cool women. I was getting lists as long as 10 to 25 names. It was a powerful moment on the Internet. I enlarged the lists and they were part of a Bra Bar show at PS 122 and I wheat-pasted the sheets of names around the East Village. I feel it is important to spread the word about fucking cool women.

Now 13 years after the original video was made, I'm very proud to be a part of the FCW Society. Our 2nd Anniversary Special Brunch/Party was a lot of fun. Over 70 men and women gathered in a basement club (MIDWAY) in the East Village, we were entertained by talented women, we heard about how we can make a difference in our society and we had a few drinks.

I am very proud that a simple idea I had when I was 27 has grown into a powerful energy in the world because of all of the fucking cool women who exist!

sisterhood is a powerful thing!

Joanne Morton
co-founder of the FCW Society

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Online Tix available for March 4 Event

Sunday, March 4, 2007-

Advance tickets are available online

The FCW Society 2nd Anniversary Special
The public is invited to join in the celebration!

Place: Midway, located at 25 Avenue B in the East Village
Cost: $20 includes food/special treats/raffle

Proceeds will got to the Pro Choice Public Education Project (pep).
PEP is an organization dedicated to engaging young women on their terms around the critical issue of reproductive freedom.

Guests who bring a copy of their Con-Ed bill will be able to convert their electric bills to Wind Power. A representative from New Wind Energy will be present to give information and make the switch.
For more information: Jeff.Cheek@NewWindEnergy.com

Hosted by FCW Society co-founders Joanne Morton and Courtney McLean
Performances by Jun Bustamante, Amy Clarke, Erin Cronican, Christine "Skylark" Larkin, Flash Rosenberg, Nichelle Stevens, Marjia Vukovic and other special guests... plus a screening of the FCW Society short film!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Pro Choice Education Fund

FCW Society member Mary Mahoney works at the Pro Choice Education Project which is the organization we are donating proceeds of the our 2nd year Anniversary Special.

The Pro-Choice Public Education Project (pep) is an organization dedicated to engaging young women on their terms around the critical issue of reproductive freedom. www.protectchoice.org

Here is an article that Mary wrote for Center forAmerican Progess.

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Is the USA ready for a women president?

This past month, Senator Hillary Clinton has begun to start her campaign to be the next president of the USA. She isn't the first to show interest ... could she be the first woman president? Would be fucking cool...

Here is a list of some other women who were interested in the position:

1872 and 1892 Victoria Chaflin Woodhull, for The Equal Rights Party in a number of States. She lived (1838-1927).

1884 and 1888 Belva Ann Bennet McNall Lockwood, for National Equal Rights Party. In 1878 she was the first female attorney to practice before the supreme court. Her running mate in 1884 was Marietta Lizzie Bell Stow. She lived (1830-1917).

1964 Senator Margaret Chase Smith, member of the House of Representatives 1940-49 and Senator 1949-73. In 1964 she was Presidential candidate in the primary elections. She was defeated by Barry Goldwater in the party convention. Chairperson of the Republican Conference in the Congress 1967-72. She lived (1897-1995).

1968 Charlene Mitchell , Candidate of the Communist Party with Michael Zagarell as her running mate.

1972 Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm, she was the first female black member of the member of the House of Representatives 1968-82 and was candidate for the Democratic nomination of Presidential candidate at the Democratic Party Convention. She lived (1924-2005)

1972 Patsy Takamoto Mink, she was member of the Territory House of Representatives of Hawaii 1956-58, the territory Senate 1959 and the State Senate 1962-64. Member of the US House of Representatives 1965-77 and from 1990. 1983-85 Chairperson of the Honolulu City Council. She was a candidate for the Democratic nomination as Presidential candidate, but withdrew her candidature before the convention. She lived (1927-2002).

1972 Bella Savitzky Abzug, stood as a candidate for the Democratic nomination as Presidential candidate but withdrew from the race before the party convent. She lived (1920-98).

1976 Margaret Wright, candidate for The People’s Party.

1984 Sonia Johnson, Candidate for Citizen’s Party. Her running-mate was Emma Wong Mar

1984, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Dr. Isabelle Masters

1988 and 1992 Leonora B. Fulani, Candidate for the American New Alliance Party. The first black woman to appear on the ballot papers in all 50 states. In 1992 her running-mate for the post of vice-President was Elizabeth Munoz.

1988 Willa Kenoyer, candidate for the Socialist Party.

Some of this information was taken from this site:


This site (which is a fucking cool women site!!) is dedicated to the women who have ruled since the beginning of times - or as long as the sources date back.

There have always been female rulers. Some Egyptian Queens are believed to have governed from around 3000 BCE, and the first to be named by the sources without any doubt is Ku-baba, who ruled the Mesopotamian City-State of Ur round 2500 BCE.

- trickydame

Friday, January 12, 2007


Because woman's work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and we're the first to get fire and what we look like is more important than what we do and if we get raped it's our fault and if we ge beaten we must have provoked it and if we raise our voices we're nagging bitches and if we enjoy sex we're nymphos and if we don't we're frigid and if we love women it's because we can't get a "real man" and if we ask our doctor too many questions we're neurotic and/or pushy and if we expect childcare we're selfish and if we stand up for our rights we're aggressive and 'unfeminine" and if we don't we're typical weak females and if weant to get married we're out to trap a man and if we don't we're unnatural and because we still can't get an adequate safe contraceptive but men can walk on the moon and if we can't cope or don't want a pregnancy we're made to feel guilty about abortion ..for lots and lots of other reasons we are part of the women's liberation movement.

- found this online ... trickydame

Saturday, December 09, 2006

On this day in 1897....

Stage actress, journalist and leading suffragette Marguerite Durand (true fucking cool woman!) founded the feminist newspaper La Fronde.

La Fronde (The Sling) was a feminist newspaper first published in Paris, France on December 9, 1897 by activist Marguerite Durand (1864-1936). Durand, a well known actress and journalist, used her high-profile image to attract many notable Parisian women to contribute articles to her daily newspaper, which was run and written entirely by women. To send a message of equality the paper indicated the current date according to a variety of calendars such as the French Revolutionary calendar, the Jewish calendar, and the Gregorian.

The newspaper gave extensive coverage to a broad range of feminist issues and profiled such things as Jeanne Chauvin's demand that the French government grant her the right to practise law and for Madeleine Pelletier who argued for the right to become a psychiatrist.

Circulation for La Fronde briefly reached a peak of 50,000 but in September of 1903, financial problems forced the paper to cut back to a monthly publication, and to close altogether in March of 1905.