The FEMEXFILMARCHIVE (https://sites.google.com/ucsc.edu/femexfilmarchive) is an ongoing, collective, web-based archive of interviews with feminist experimental filmmakers. We created it as a visibility project that makes space for feminist voices and that can, over time, become a resource for people hoping to learn more about the rich history and dynamic present of experimental feminist filmmaking practices. Filmmakers who challenge the social status quo are often drawn to formal experimentation—questioning and reinventing cinematic processes, methods, forms, and tools. But experimental film's location outside of commercial media—and now outside the wider reach of social-media-enabled cultural conversation—means that experimental feminist film is one of the last communities to gain greater visibility. Thus experimental film history has largely been told by men about men. At a moment when many people have been talking about the ways that women, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming makers have been sidelined from film histories, we hope that this kind of...
Irene Lusztig is a filmmaker, visual artist, and archival researcher. Her film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, and reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. It has been screened around the world, including at the Berlinale; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Anthology Film Archives, New York; the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Flaherty NYC, New York; the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; Hot Docs, Toronto; AFI Docs, Washington, DC; and RIDM, Montreal. She teaches filmmaking at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is a professor of film and digital media.
Julie Forrest Wyman is a filmmaker and performer whose work aims to challenge and expand our culture's narrow range of represented bodies. Her documentary films engage issues of embodiment, body image, gender, and the politics, possibilities, and problematics of media spectatorship. Her 2012 documentary STRONG! about Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth premiered at AFI Silverdocs in Washington, DC; screened in theaters around the United States; and was broadcast nationally as the closing film of the tenth season of PBS's Emmy-winning series Independent Lens, where it won the series’ Audience Award. Wyman is currently an associate professor in the department of Cinema and Digital Media at the University of California, Davis.
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Irene Lusztig, Julie Forrest Wyman; FEMEXFILMARCHIVE: https://sites.google.com/ucsc.edu/femexfilmarchive. Feminist Media Histories 1 October 2019; 5 (4): 61–63. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2019.5.4.61
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