10/21 | 12:00 PM
The fourth annual Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival (GRFFF) is a FREE one-day celebration dedicated to elevating voices and showcasing talent from historically underrepresented groups in mainstream media.
WHEN THE FAT GIRL GETS SKINNY
Fiction from U.S.A. | Film by Abby Thompson
A young woman loses weight. Her friends and family applaud her so-called progress, but being thin and being healthy are not always the same thing.
ANNA GARCIA DOES A ONE WOMAN PLAY
Fiction from U.S.A. | Film by Anna Garcia
The night of Anna Garcia's one-woman play is fast approaching. If only she knew what she was doing.
Documentary from U.S.A. | Film by Walden Smith
Three teenagers reflect on growing up, gender identity, and how their homeschool experience shaped them as people.
Animation from Hungary | Film by Anna Katalin Lovrity
A young tigress lives in harmony on an island, until her awakening femininity is noticed by an older male tiger. She is afriad, but the forces of nature remind her she is not alone.
Animation from Belgium | Film by Britt Raes
Catherine was never very good at keeping pets. Their time in her life was always... short-lived.
OF TIDES / TO DISTILL
Experimental Film from Canada | Film by Courtney Verwold
This experimental film challenges expecatations in form through a series of artistic, absract vignettes.
THAT'S SO GREAT (SHE LIKES BOYS), LIPSTICK JODI
Music Video from Michigan, U.S.A. | Film by Dani Dillon
Prom gets a queer do-over in this debut music video from Grand Rapids' band, Lipstick Jodi.
LOVE ME FOR ME, LADY ACE BOOGIE
Music Video from from Michigan, U.S.A. | Film by Dani Dillon
Expressions of familial, romantic, and platonic love are explored in this music video from Grand Rapids' artist, Lady Ace Boogie, all centered around a dining room table.
Experimental Film from U.S.A. | Film by Danielle Adair
Caution bomb is a 'brief' of artist Danielle Adair's findings at the 2016 US Democratic and Republican National Conventions, which she covered acting as a representative for a gossip blog.
Animation from Croatia | Film by Irena Jukić Pranjić and Maša Udovičić
A woman's life after marriage is presented as a computer game. It's not the happily ever after she was hoping for.
Documentary from U.S.A. | Film by Janelle Kung Marley Nelson / Submitted by Diana Yip
Young people reflect on gender roles and identity in this one-minute short.
Documentary from U.S.A. | Film by Jessie Skeva Kelly Lau / Submitted by Diana Yip
A teen relates to the term "androgyny" and discusses clothing and gender.
INOCENTE CONFUSIÓN (A LITTLE JIG)
Fiction from Mexico | Film by Sara Cortijo
Eva just wants to have a normal, healthy sex life, but every time she tries to get intimate, visions of her conservative upbringing haunt her with guilt and shame.
HIJABI (WRAP MY HIJAB), MONA HAYDAR
Music Video from Michigan, U.S.A. | Film by Tunde Olaniran and Dani Dillon
This music video for indie artist, Mona Haydar, is Mona's debut single is a defiant celebration of women who wear the hijab.
SPIT IT OUT // A SPARKLE UPRISING
Experimental Film from England | Film by Eleonora Cristin
Domestic violence has been decriminilized in Russia, and the Golden Gag Rule has been reinstated in the US. This video serves as a response to the misogyny of world leaders: women share their frustrations to music, adorn their bodies with sexist quotes, and spit glitter.
IN THE SKIP DISTANCE
Fiction from U.S.A. | Film by Emily McNeill
A girl alone in the wilderness discovers analog technology.
Experimental Film from U.S.A. | Film by Grace Mitchell
The sunset multiplies thousands of times through the lenses of tourists capturing a keepsake, showing someone somewhere where they are – here’s the sun, for you, and you, and you. There’s enough for all of us. "Sunset Song" swells between the dissociation of observation and an anthropologist’s tender heart.
Documentary from Michigan, U.S.A. | Film by John Prussner
Emma Loo is a Grand Rapids' musician whose debut album, "Ancient," received two Jammies. This documentary highlights her genre-bending music, life journey, and creative process(es).
Fiction from Ireland | Film by Katherine Canty
A reflection on grief, January Hymn sees Clara return home for the first anniversary of her father's death. Taking the form of a fractured narrative, the film considers how Clara's experience of grief shapes her poetic relationship to a home which has been forever altered by loss.
OTHERWISE YOU LOSE STREET CREDIBILITY
Documentary from Finland | Film by Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
Tuuli Helle is a 83 years old artist with congenital cerebral palsy. In the film she talks about her independence process with the support of personal assistance. 2016 the Government of Finland decides to take away personal assistance from people over 75 years of age. As an activist, Tuuli Helle writes an open letter to the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services about the importance of personal assistance to people with severe disabilities and difficulty in speech.
NOTHING A LITTLE SOAP AND WATER CAN'T FIX
Experimental Film from Michigan, U.S.A. | Film by Jennifer Proctor
In films, as in life, the bathtub is often considered a private space for women - a place not only to groom, but to relax, to think, to grieve, to be alone, to find sanctuary. For Hollywood, though, it's also a place of naked vulnerability, where women narratively placed in harm's way have no escape. // Using appropriated movies, this experimental found footage work deconstructs the representations of women in this domestic space as historically framed in popular film.
Experimental Film from U.S.A. | Film by Katina Bitsicas
"Hypnagogic Regression" simulates the multiple flashbacks that occur of specific traumas in my past. I recreated these memories, down to every detail, including the clothing I was wearing, and also included archival footage from the same time periods. This footage is then mixed with shots of my mother’s face; my guardian and the one who I guard, because I am that perfect little untarnished girl with a glass case full of "Wizard of Oz" Madame Alexander dolls.
KADAM LACH (ONLY DARKNESS PRECEDED YOU)
Music Video from Israel | Film by Michael (Mysh) Rozanov
One of the workers at a gloomy factory dreams up a passionate dancer, who fills the assembly lines with color and emotion. Her vision spreads up among the workers, and liberates them from their mechanical existence.
Fiction from Iran | Film by Milad Jarmooz
Virginity is a very important issue in the lives of Iranian women. They need to remain "pure" until marriage. Setareh is accused by her husband of lying about her purity the day after their wedding...
Documentary from Israel | Film by Molly Stewart
"Objector" offers a window into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the perspective of a Jewish woman making an uncommon sacrifice.
SEEN, NOT HEARD
Experimental Film from Michigan, U.S.A. | Film by Samantha Mannino and Mayabeth Jagosz
An artist creates a new form of typography to challenge gender norms.
Fiction from U.S.A. | Film by Samara Lerman
During the First World War an unflinching young woman determined to defy traditional roles, travels west to pursue a job working the rails.
DON'T TOUCH ME
Fiction from U.S.A. | Film by Savannah Smith
Don't Touch Me focuses on Jay. While navigating their first relationship, Jay discovers that the typical model of dating isn't really for them. Jay discovers that they are demisexual. Demisexuality is an orientation that describes a person who does not feel sexual attraction until they are deeply emotionally connected to a person. This discovery prompts Jay to create their own model for falling in love.
THUNDER THIGHS, MISS EAVES
Music Video from U.S.A. | Film by Shanthony Exum and April Maxey
Featuring rap artist, Miss Eaves, "Thunder Thighs" praises beauty in all body types in this bold and unapologetic music video.
SICK, MATT ROSE
Music Video from Michigan, U.S.A. | Film by Virginia Anzengruber
Music video for the song "Sick" by Matt Rose. Exploring the dynamics of sibling relationships as well as our relationships with ourselves. "Sick" tells the story of Matt's older brother who battled Sickle Cell Anemia.
See full film schedule here: http://www.grfff.org/film-schedule
List of Panels
Feminist Parenting: How to Raise a Rebel Kid
1:30-2:15 p.m. in The Theater
Girls Aren’t Funny: Sketch Comedy with Funny Girls
1:15-2:00 p.m. in The Commons
Representation on Set: Why Crew Diversity Matters
2:30-3:15 p.m. in The Commons
Art is a Drag: What Drag Means For Feminism
3:45-4:30 p.m. in The Commons
Art is a Drag: Drag Show
4:30-5:30 p.m. in The Commons
A Discussion About Title IX with Theresa Rowland, GVSU Title IX Coordinator
6:00-6:45 in The Theater
I’m Not Okay, and That’s Okay: Mental Health Advocacy When Everything Sucks with Elena Gormley
6:15-7:00 in The Commons
That’s Not Yours: Cultural Appropriation in Popular Culture
7:30-8:15 p.m. in The Commons
The Final Girl: Feminism Horror Films with Jennifer Proctor
9:00-9:45 p.m. in The Commons
Indie Media: Free Speech and Fake News
12:30-1:15 p.m. in The Studio
Women in Advertising: A 15-Year Study with Dr. Kathryn Woods
1:45-2:30 p.m. in The Studio
More Than Cartoons: An Interactive Animation Workshop
3:00-3:45 p.m. in The Studio
Know Your Rights: Social Justice and the Law with Diana R. Lamphiere, J.D.
4:15-5:00 p.m. in The Studio
What’s the T?: Misrepresentation of Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Folks in Media
5:30-6:15 p.m. in The Studio
My Body is NSFW: Working in the Style Industry as a Plus-Size Woman
6:45-7:30 p.m. in The Studio