Women with a Movie Camera


Photo credit: Kaleigh Atkinson

Women shoot movies! They record sound! They ask questions. Tough ones! Of all the film genres, documentary is the one in which women have achieved the greatest success as directors, editors, producers, writers, and gatekeepers. Is there such thing as a “female gaze”? Does gender matter? In this survey course, you'll discover some of the finest international documentary films, all directed by women. Observational, experimental, first-person, hybrid, and traditional forms from around the world will be screened and discussed each week. From Academy Award winners to a girl with a toy camera, this course celebrates women’s contributions to documentary cinema. The next-to-last class will take place at Alice Fest, the local women's film festival, to mingle with filmmakers and enjoy their work. (14 hours/All Levels)

Danielle Beverly began her career at Chicago’s PBS affiliate and has directed for PBS and cable stations since 1999. She worked as a field producer for the longitudinal documentary Rebirth over the ten years of its production; the film premiered at Sundance, won a Peabody Award, and is on permanent exhibition at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. As an independent filmmaker, Beverly typically works as a one-person crew. Her latest documentary, Old South, will debut in spring 2015 and will be distributed by Women Make Movies. Beverly also freelances as a documentary cameraperson and producer. She has taught at the University of Notre Dame and Marquette University.


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