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Bluestocking Film Series 2014
SPACE Gallery
Portland, ME
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Bluestocking Film Series 2014
The Bluestocking Film Series returns to Portland, Maine on July 18-19, 2014. That's right. 2 days of women in film at SPACE Gallery (http://space538.org)!

Set in the beautiful and culturally vibrant city of Portland, Maine, Bluestocking Film Series is an exclusive showcase for films that pass the Bechdel Test and feature fascinating, multifaceted female protagonists who drive the story and lead the action.

Think about the last movie you saw. Now ask yourself:

1. Were there two or more (named) women characters in it?
2. Did they talk to each other?
3. Did they talk about something other than a man?

These three simple questions are called the Bechdel Test. Once you start applying the test to the films you watch, you will notice that even in the year 2014, there is still a long way to go to see as many women characters in movies who are as strong and complex as their male counterparts.

The 12 films to be shown over 2 evenings were curated by Bluestocking's Founder and Artistic Director Kate Kaminski with assistance and input from two discerning judges: Ellen Tejle, A-Rating activist and the Director at Cinema Rio in Stockholm, Sweden and Amanda Trokan, Director of Content at the crowdfunding site Seed&Spark. Trokan has also worked at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and is a screener for the Hamptons International Film Festival.

And now...the 2014 official selections!

Friday, July 18th Screening Lineup

'Hanna' (Joel Stockman, Sweden  World Premiere)
'Dear Santa' (Maura Smith, Massachusetts  Maine Premiere)
'The Run' (Penny Eizenga, Canada  World Premiere)
'Countertransference' (Madeleine Olnek, not in competition)
'Grace' (Liz Cooper, Australia  Maine Premiere)
'The Rapture and Gammy Gwen' (Brittany Reeber, Texas  East Coast Premiere)

Saturday, July 19th Screening Lineup

'Crystal' (Chell Stephen, US/Canada  Maine Premiere)
'Sticks and Stones' (Chloe Dahl, Los Angeles  New England Premiere)
'Gretchen' (Carin Br├Ąck, Sweden  US Premiere)
'Rawhead and Bloody Bones' (Merry Grissom, Los Angeles  Maine Premiere)
'Cabbie' (Brian C Miller Richard, Louisiana  Maine Premiere)
'Kimbap' (Alex Kyo Won Lee, New Zealand  US Premiere)

Also playing, out of competition will be two surprise shorts to be unveiled at the screenings.

Film Synopses:

SCREENING ON FRIDAY

Hanna
A hardworking businesswoman gets promoted to her dream job: a place on the company's board. At the same time she finds out she's pregnant.

Dear Santa
When Ann asks Santa Claus to turn her into a boy for Christmas, her request throws her conservative mother into a tailspin. Dear Santa is a lighthearted look at the complicated, funny, and sometimes dysfunctional ties that bind a family together.

The Run
Grieving the loss of her daughter, a woman takes a not-so-routine run, re-awakening to the life around her.

Countertransference
Dark comedy about a shy woman with assertiveness issues who finds her problems multiplied in therapy.

Grace
In spite of her letter being returned, Grace won't give up on meeting her birth mother.

The Rapture and Gammy Gwen
At the stern request of Great Grandma Gwen, Regan must spend the day with her overbearing family as they await the rapture.

SCREENING ON SATURDAY

Crystal
Cursed with a real crumby attitude and a boring-ass hometown, 17-year-old Crystal relies on her passion for dance to escape the mundane life of rural Ontario and pursue her out-sized dream of being a pop superstar.

Sticks and Stones
A true story about a 14-year-old girl who's being bullied by those she once thought were her friends.

Gretchen
Gretchen is a retired lady on a pension who, after seeing an ex-con on TV extolling the quality of food in prison, decides she wants to go to jail. But first she has to become a prisoner.

Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Lily tells her parents there's a monster in the house.  And there is.

Cabbie
An aspiring writer who has become stuck behind the wheel of a cab picks up a fare that changes her life forever.

Kimbap
A clash of cultures shatters the fragile existence of an isolated Korean immigrant and her daughter living in Auckland, New Zealand.

Location

SPACE Gallery (View)
538 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
United States

Categories

Film > Festivals

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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