Summer Reading Continues with the Women's Film Fest

Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation is a one hour film about the women's liberation movement covering the years 1963-1970. Jennifer Hall Lee, the filmmaker,  started shooting the interviews for the film in 2004. It was released in 2013 and has been shown in film festivals, on college campuses, for non-profit organizations, in middle schools, high schools, and has been shown globally. It won "Best of the Fest" for documentary at the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival. Music in the film is by the all female rock band from the 1960s, Fanny.

Q & A with filmmaker, Jennifer Hall Lee afterwards. Jennifer Hall Lee is an independent documentary filmmaker who has had a 25 year career in visual effects for feature films. She is the director of this award winning film.

Inez Milholland - Forward Into Light is a short documentary that tells the story of American icon, Inez Milholland who broke convention with her striking conscience advocating for gender equality, pacifism, racial justice, unions and free speech in the early Twentieth Century. She became the voiceof suffrage.

Known for her elegance, beauty and public presence, she led a big march down Fifth Avenue for New York Suffrage in 1912. On the heels of that great spectacle, Inez was drafted by Alice Paul to lead the NAWSA radical parade to disturb the inauguration of the newly elected Democrat, Woodrow Wilson. March 3, 1913. Inez led 8,000 women down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

Q & A with film maker, Martha Wheelock afterwards. Martha has combined education and filmmaking for over three decades when she discovered that there were so very few films about women and women’s history for the “new” subject area – Women’s Studies. Frustrated that she had to teach only male writers in her American Literature course caused her to make films on eclipsed women writers like Kate Chopin, May Sarton, and Madeleine L’Engle.  For over 40 years, Martha taught English, Ethics and Women’s Studies in both high school and college, East and West Coast, most recently, at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles.