October 7, 2012 • Podcasts
Feminism on Film
Transcription by Vidhya Elango
In ‘Feminism on Film’ guest producer Janan Dean takes us across the pond to consider the health of a cinematic project. She talks to several of the actors who’ve contributed to creating the 'Louder Now' feminist film screening series, which takes place monthly, in Newcastle, UK. Dean also speaks to community members who attend these events to find out what draws them to the Star and Shadow Cinema to watch films about women, made by women. Stay tuned to find out!
If you’re interested in clicking around a bit to learn more about some of the organizations Dean and her interviewees discuss in the podcast check out these links:
Louder Now! Feminism on Film Series - http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/season/121
Star and Shadow Cinema - www.starandshadow.org.uk
Cine Nova - www.cinenova.org
Newcastle University Gender Research Group www.ncl.ac.uk/niassh/GenderResearch
Northumbria University Department of Arts - www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/sass/about/arts/subart/?view=Standard
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For a transcription of 'Feminism on Film' read on:
Sarah Feldbloom: Hi, I’m Sarah Feldbloom, Shameless Magazine’s Web Producer. A new issue of Shameless has recently hit the stands which looks at health. Arguably, one measure of health is the quality of freedom and safety of public discourse in a society. In this episode of the podcast, we have a special guest producer, Janan Dean, reporting from the UK about a feminist film project that’s creating dialogue. Currently a PHD candidate in Social Work and Science, and Technology Studies, at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Janan worked in the field of women’s community health here in Canada where she grew up.
Now a little teaser for those of you who haven’t picked up a copy of our health issue yet: we’ve included a feature on disability and media written by Kayla Carter, our Media Savvy column, co-authored by Cynara Geissler and Jenny Henkelman, looks at the frenzy of coverage around childhood obesity, and the Counter Culture Classics column, written by yours truly recounts the history of The Sunday Night Sex Show. And for a consistent stream of awesome fresh feminist content in between issues visit our blog at shamelessmag.com.
But now to Janan, reporting on the state of feminism and film in the UK, giving us a taste of the health of public discourse on the other side of the pond!
[Sound up on Janan reporting from the UK]
Janan Dean: I’m Janan Dean, bringing you this Shameless podcast from the UK. Recently, I noticed there was a lot of talk and blogging going on about gender in film. And I was wondering, what other films are out there that either challenge typical gender roles in Hollywood films or just offer a different perspective? And also, how do you find out about them? Well, in the middle of all these questions, I happened to stumble upon the Louder Now! Feminism on Film series, being organized in Newcastle, which is a city in Northern England. Louder Now! is a series of seven screenings, held at a community-run cinema called the Star and Shadow, all with some link to feminism. I got the chance to meet one of the organizers, Rebecca Knight, and she told me a bit more about this amazing series she’s helping organize.