Films for the Feminist Classroom

It can be challenging to identify the best films to work with in the classroom, especially when dealing with complex and sensitive issues.  There are many great resources out there to help find narrative, documentary, and short films that will help spark fruitful discussion and meaningful engagement with the subject matter.  I recently attended a conference presentation that highlighted just one such resource – the Films for the Feminist Classroom open-access web journal, a new joint effort from Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society and Rutger’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department.  Check out their insightful reviews and feature articles at their site:

See something you want to use in the classroom?  Check the library catalog to see if we have the film that interests you.  If not, submit a purchase request.

The Top Secret Rosies of WWII An Illustrated Lecture by LeAnn Erickson– March 30, 1:30 p.m.

The Top Secret Rosies of WWII An Illustrated Lecture by LeAnn Erickson March 30, 1:30 pm At Paley Library, Temple University events.jpgFilmmaker and Temple professor LeAnn Erickson reveals a hidden history of top-secret women war workers during World War II. Through her lecture, she will demonstrate how she constructed her historical documentary, and how libraries, archives, documents and painstaking research come together to create her documentary project The Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WW II. This event includes a screening of the trailer of Erickson’s still-in-process documentary.

Philadelphia Stories 7 airs on Friday and Saturday Nights

The series, airing on MiND tv (channel 35.1 and 35.2) on Friday and Saturday nights, features films by Temple students/ alum/ faculty such as Tina C. Morton, Ted Passon, Louise Akanlu, Mike Kuetemeyer and Anula Shetty, Laska Jimsen, Andrew David Watson, and more. Tomorrow night, Laska Jimsen’s Horse in the City: Lessons from the Bill Pickett Riding Academy Jimsen_Horse_in_City.jpg

Panel Discussion on the Works of Ryan Trecartin

A Panel Discussion on the Works of Wolgin Prize Finalist Ryan Trecartin October 7, 5:30 pm, Paley Library Lecture Hall Ryan Trecartin’s work advances understandings of post‐millennial technology, narrative and identity. Discussed from a variety of perspectives, panelists will examine issues of social media and networks; gender and aesthetic themes in video art; and more. Participants include Temple University’sGerard Brown, Chair of Foundations, Tyler School of Art (moderator); Scott Gratson, Director of the Communications Program and SCT Undergraduate Studies; Aaron Smuts, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy; Elisabeth Subrin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts; and Andrew Suggs, Executive Director of Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia. This event is part of a series of collaborative public programs presented in conjunction with the Tyler School of Art’s Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts

Philadelphia Cinema and Media Seminar: Documentary Studies

April’s event for the Philadelphia Cinema and Media Seminar will be a one-day symposium on documentary studies. Additionally, there may be a couple of additions to the roster, which will be updated at the PCMS website: Documentary Studies: A State of the Field Symposium Saturday, April 11 Temple University Center City (TUCC) room 320 10:30 AM – 5:15 PM This one-day symposium will gather area scholars and media makers in a conversation about documentary studies today. Documentary studies has often held a minority but important position within the larger field of film studies. During the 1980s and 1990s, post-semiotic interventions into the truth and meaning of documentaries dominated the research agenda. Lately, newer concerns – from a social theory of cinema to the phenomenology of spectatorship – have supplemented this agenda. How do we best characterize documentary studies today? How has the subfield responded to wider changes in the discipline and to changes in documentary itself? How has the relationship between documentary makers and documentary scholars changed? To address these questions, the symposium will comprise panels and workshops, allowing for both substantive scholar or artist presentations and wider dialogue. Contexts and Institutions will ask in workshop format how have documentary institutions evolved, particularly in the contemporary mediascape. Documentary Studies: Traditions and New Directions will explore new methodologies and research agendas in the discipline and weigh them against an impressive body of scholarship already existing. Non-Griersonian Genres will theorize nonfiction filmmaking that departs from the Griersonian documentary model: experimental documentaries, essay films, etc. DRAFT SCHEDULE 10:30 – 12:00 Contexts/Institutions Workshop-Discussion D.B Jones (Drexel University), on film policy and the National Film Board of Canada Patricia White (Swarthmore College), on distribution and Women Make Movies María Teresa Rodriguez (University of the Arts) on public broadcasting and community video Ben Kalina (Temple University) on environmental production practices 1:30 – 3:15 Documentary Studies: Traditions and New Directions Panel Jane Gaines (Columbia University), on documentary cinephilia Jonathan Kahana (New York University), on reenactment Warren Bass (Temple University), on fictionalization and Leacock Chris Cagle (Temple University), on documentary reception studies and Grey Gardens 3:30 – 5:15 Non-Griersonian Genres Panel Nora Alter (University of Florida) , on the essay film Elisabeth Subrin (Temple University), on conceptualism and experimental appropriations of documentary Rod Coover (Temple University), on the artifact and the found footage film Jason Zuzga (University of Pennsylvania), on the nature documentary

Voyage Into the Unknown: an interactive documentary

Announcing the launch of the interactive documentary by Roderick Coover: Voyage Into the Unknown.


Blending fiction and fact in a fantastic scrolling landscape, VOYAGE INTO THE UNKNOWN is a multimedia account of John Wesley Powell’s famous journey down the Colorado River beginning May 25 1869. You will discover a landscape dotted with observations, competing diary notes, and side routes – some of which may be deadly… You will travel across writing modes as well as spaces. Knowledge comes in integrating many such modes. Here, first comes the adventure, then comes its representation. Much later, comes critical examination, and, perhaps, as a whole, re-invention…

This work is free and on-line. For more, visit