CHICAGO ( Feb. 16, 2017 )Columbia College Chicago will host the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, now in its second year, featuring 55 short films produced, directed and/or created by individuals of diverse backgrounds from around the world, including seven films from Columbia alumni and students.
The festival draws attention to the need for greater diversity and representation of under-represented individuals in the film and entertainment industry. The event will be held at Columbia's Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., on March 1-3. The festival is free and open to the public.
The festival will kick off March 1 with a screening of the critically acclaimed all-female-directed horror anthology XX, which includes the directorial debut of musician St. Vincent as well as a directorial contribution by Karyn Kusama ( The Invitation, Girlfight ). XX Director Roxanne Benjamin ( Southbound ) will be in attendance and available for a post-screening Q&A.
The event will conclude with the Chicago premiere of the documentary Woman on Fire, which focuses on New York City's first openly transgender fire fighter. Woman on Fire director Julie Sokolow and the documentary's subjects Brooke Guinan and James Baker will also be in attendance and available for a post-screening Q&A.
A recent study by the University of Southern California-Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism analyzed the top 100 highest-grossing films each year from 2007 to 2016. The study shows that out of these 1,000 films, only four percent were directed by women and out of 1,114 directors, only 45 were female. Of these 45 female directors, only three were black and three were Asian American. The study further noted that for every female director there are approximately 23.8 male directors.
The Chicago Feminist Film Festival showcases independent, international film, predominantly shorts, spanning documentary, fiction and experimental genres. This year, festival organizers received 800 films for consideration, from which 57 short films from 22 countries were selected.
The full schedule is available at ChicagoFeministFilmFestival.com .