Bluestocking Film Series Brings 3 Days of Women in Film

Thursday Panel Event: Refocused: Women & Girls On-Screen, 5:00pm
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Talbot Lecture Hall (AKA Luther Bonney Auditorium) on the USM Portland campus
General Admission: $9 / $5 students

2016 Bluestocking Bach and Opening Reception, 8:00-10:00pm
Thursday, July 14, 2016
High Output’s Bell Street Soundstage, 83 Bell Street, Portland
General Admission: $15 / 21+ only, unless accompanied by an adult guardian. All underage attendees must wear badge.

Afternoon Event: Women Make Movies Make History, 2:00pm
Friday, July 15, 2016
Osher Auditorium at Maine College of Art
General Admission: $10 / $7 for MECA Faculty / $5 for MECA Students

Friday Evening Shorts Program, 7:00pm
Friday, July 15, 2016
Talbot Lecture Hall (AKA Luther Bonney Auditorium) on the USM Portland campus, 1st floor of Luther Bonney Hall
General Admission: $12 in advance / $10 in advance for students (with ID)

Saturday Afternoon Youth Shorts Program, 12:00pm
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Osher Auditorium at Maine College of Art
General Admission: Adults 21+ $10 / Youth 16–21 $5.00
Screening of age-appropriate short films followed by Q&A talkback with filmmakers in attendance.

Saturday Evening Shorts Program, 7:00pm
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Talbot Lecture Hall (AKA Luther Bonney Auditorium) on the USM Portland campus, 1st floor of Luther Bonney Hall
General Admission $12 in advance / $10 in advance for students (with ID)

Bluestocking Film Series is an exclusive showcase for provocative, well-produced films that feature complex female protagonists driving the narrative and leading the action. All short fiction films must feature a female protagonist, submissions must also pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test.

The Bluestocking is the first U.S. film event to receive Sweden’s A-Rating (which informs consumers whether films pass the test). We believe female characters deserve to be portrayed with just as much complexity as their male counterparts. We also believe that audiences love a good story no matter what the lead character’s gender is.

The Bluestocking Film Series celebrates and promotes talented, emerging filmmakers who take the creative risk of placing female protagonists front and center and introduces audiences to those who are bound to influence the future of filmed entertainment.

Use of the Bechdel Test can be a catalyst for shifts in how women’s on-screen characters are perceived by viewers and filmmakers alike. “The more this idea percolates into the public consciousness, the more likely it is that real change will be seen on the screen,” Kate Kaminski, founder of Bluestocking Film Festival, and faculty at Maine College of Art says. “It’s become clear that television is now the primary medium where well-rounded, flawed, and complex women characters flourish –– we want to see the same thing happen on the big screen.”

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