April 19, 2008

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

April 17 - May 3 2008

The 26th edition of the Minneapolis/St. Paul program includes 40-odd U.S. premieres among about 135 features. Many, many, many films by women!!!

Judy Chicago in Minneapolis! FREE!

April 23, 2008 6:30 pm
Judy Chicago Lecture:
Feminist Art in the 21st Century: Content, Context and Continuity

FREE and open to the public!

at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
Auditorium 150
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

With a career spanning four decades, Judy Chicago is an artist, author, educator and one of the founders of the Feminist art movement. Her talk, "Feminist Art in the 21st Century: Content, Context and Continuity," promises to be informative, provocative and inspiring, as it reflects upon the beginnings of the Feminist art movement in California in the 1970s and its worldwide spread and influence.

A signing of her book The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation (Merrell Publishers) will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; books are for sale at MCAD's Art Cellar and at Auditorium 150 prior to the lecture.

Auditorium 150 is located on the first floor of MCAD's Main Building; follow the Auditorium 150 signage. Please contact the Communications Office at (612) 874-3838 during regular business hours if you have any questions.

April 18, 2008

.EDU Film Fest: A Minnesota Festival for Students

=Deadline: April 23,

The .EDU Film Fest is now accepting short film/video submissions from student filmmakers through April 23rd. The festival is put on by ComArts High School and will screen at the Parkway Theater in the spring. The festival will have networking and learning opportunities for youth media makers at the festival:
All Day: Small group chats with film directors, writers, producers, and educators. Schedule to be announced.
All Day: Meet with colleges and post secondary institutions catering to film/video production
1:00-4:30: Equipment Demo (Professional "movie set" available for demonstration and creation of a "Day-of-the-Fest Reel")

For more information and to submit work visit

26th Annual Mpls.-St. Paul International Film Fest, April 17th - May 3rd

The 26th edition of the biggest film event of the year in the Upper Midwest, the Minneapolis/St.Paul Int’l Film Festival, rolls out Thurs. Apr.17 for a 15-day run through Sat. May 3 at some five Twin Cities venues, showcasing more than 100-plus international feature films from 40-plus countries. Included will be a dozen Oscar entries from, among others, Poland, Israel, Italy, plus a hefty slate of new works again from Scandinavia, China, The European Union. On tap also is Russia, recently absent (with a visiting director and scriptwriter), as well as premieres of new features, rarely seen, dealing with Laotian Hmongs and Somalis, reflecting the huge Twin Cities Hmong and Somali demographics. Out-of-the-way places like Estonia, Mongolia, Slovakia and Bulgaria will also have their days in the fest.

For locales, the five-screen St.Anthony Main Theaters (with “almost-free? parking) comes on board this year, in addition to the flagship Oak Street Cinema of Minnesota Film Arts, and satellite venues scheduled for the Riverview and Kerasota Block E. theaters. Among expected visiting guests will be former Minneapolis filmmaker Mirek Janek, now working in the Czech Republic, with his newly directed “Citizen Havel,? veteran Russian director Valery Pendrakovsky and scripter Anna Pendrakovsky (“Full Scope?), Beijing independent director Jian Li with feature debut “Bamboo Shoots? (after making 10 documentaries on Chinese village life); ace U.S. cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind) with her feature debut documentary “The Betrayal? (Nerakhoon) shot in Laos and USA; Somali actress Sam Sam with “Family Motel? (shot in Toronto); from Chad, leading African director Mahatma-Saleh Haroun with “Dry Season?; from U.S.A., Nanette Burstein (Kid Stays in the Picture) with “American Teen? (Indiana high school story won Sundance prize).

The annual special children’s series “Childish Festival,? spotlights on Minnesota shorts and features, and “emerging? independents competition are also slated. A “Dinner and a Movie? Special will be new this year. For list of titles, times, tickets click on Mpls/St. Paul Int’l website: Single event tickets this year will be $10 with discount passes available at several levels (students, seniors, MFA members, l0-pack and gold pass.) Thanks for your continuing faith in the organization and your support!

April 9, 2008

FREE Conference / Spoken Word Event

It’s All in You: Finding Home, Heart, Courage and Smarts
Voices Merging hosts a Self Development Conference through Spoken Word and Hip Hop

On April 11th and 12th, the University of Minnesota’s Voices Merging will host the 2nd Biennial Self Development Conference through Spoken Word in the U of MN’s Coffman Union.
Take advantage of this amazing opportunity for young artists!

Contact: Moira Pirsch - - 608-772-2597

DETAILS after the jump

Registration Form HERE

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April 7, 2008

Tonight at Amazon Feminist Bookstore

Please join us in welcoming Margaret Randall TONIGHT at Amazon!
Margaret Randall is on tour here in Minnesota. Please don't miss your chance to get to hear her wonderful prose and poetry read by her personally in this intimate setting.

Monday, April 7, 7pm
Margaret Randall
Stones Witness: Reading and Signing
Margaret Randall is a writer, photographer,, and social activist. For a quarter century she lived in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua, where she raised four children, wrote, and participated in social change. Upon her return to the U.S. in 1984, the government ordered her deported because of opinions expressed in some of her more than 80 books.
In Stones Witness, published in 2007 by University of Arizona Press, Margaret Randall explores her connections to land and landscape, drawing from her own rich history to create a universal link between place time, and identity. A fluid and provocative collection of poetry, prose, and photographs, Stones Witness is in part an account of an extraordinary woman’s radically committed and inventive life.

Store Hours:
Mon-Fri 10-8 (later on event nights)
Sat 10-6
Sun 12-5

Amazon Bookstore Cooperative, Inc.
4755 Chicago Ave. S.

March 28, 2008

TALK :: The Nation in Hindi Film: The Film of the Hindu Nation

Kulvinder Arora
Visiting Assistant Professor
Macalester College

Monday, March 31st, 2008
400 Ford Hall
3:30 – 5:00 PM

Kulvinder Arora's talk will deal with how religious nationalism has
framed heteronormativity in both mainstream Bollywood and "Art" Hindi
films. While some postcolonial scholars have argued that early Hindi
film constituted the formation of a national project that no longer
exists in Bollywood cinema, Arora will argue that heteronormativity
and religious nationalisms both function as national projects in
which the state and media collude. She will analyze the popular films
of Director Karan Johar like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Kal Ho Na ho
and also Deepa Mehta's Fire for their construction and subversion of
religious and gender normativity.

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March 26, 2008

On Campus Events

LECTURE ON "BRINGING FEMINISM HOME": Daisy Hernández, writer and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women on Today's Feminism, will discuss how gender and race have shaped her identity as a feminist and what it means to connect feminism to the communities we call home. March 27, 7 p.m., 125 Willey Hall. RSVP to or 612-625-9837.

DOCUMENTARY: Free screening of No! Confronting Sexual Assault in Our Communities by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. The film, about the impact of sexual violence on black women and girls, features first-person testimonials and interviews with violence prevention advocates. March 28, 12:15-1:45 p.m., 238A Morrill Hall. Space is limited; RSVP to or call 612-624-9547 by today.

TOWN HALL MEETING ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS with Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. The event will focus on issues of gender identity that create barriers for gender access and equity, such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Social Security gender-record matching, and the Real ID Act. March 31, 7-8:30 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. For more information, see GLBTA or e-mail

A talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (today); "AIDS bombs: HIV, Race, and Compliance in Minnesota" (March 27); "Common Senses: Perception and Perspective" (March 28); "Wopida Wotapi Thank You Feast And Celebration" (March 29); and "Communication Before Language" (March 31)

Another possible event


March 25, 2008

Walker Art Center: Women with Vision 2008


Women With Vision 2008: Past/Preset

March 6, 2008

Wonder Women :: Art & Technology Event Info

culturing nature :: culturing technology

an exhibition presented in conjunction with
Wonder Women :: Art & Technology 1968-2008 (phase 1)

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm Gallery Phone: 612.624.7530
Parking is available in the 21st Avenue Ramp.
All events are free and open to the public.

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February 25, 2008

FREE: Photography Exhibit Opening on Motherhood

Monday, April 7, 2008
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota West Bank 222 21st Av. S., Minneapolis

Monday’s event will feature the opening of the Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood Is Not a Class Privilege in America photography exhibit, along with a talk by exhibit creator and historian Rickie Solinger. Tours of the Social Welfare History Archives, located in the Andersen library, will also be available.

February 18, 2008

FREE Lecture: Artist Amy Youngs

Amy Youngs, Visiting Artist
An artist using electronics, kinetics, sound, insects, plants, and pixels to create art about the complex relationship between technology and our changing concepts of nature and self.

Lecture 7 pm, Wednesday, March 12, In-Flux, Regis

February 15, 2008

LOTS of Films at the Walker


Human Rights Film Festival
Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 7 p.m.
Highland Park Branch Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy.

Not For Sale and
So Deep A Violence

Not For Sale and So Deep A Violence are two compelling short films that address prostitution as violence against women and the links between prostitution and trafficking. These films, produced by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, go beyond the myths about prostitution and sex trafficking, to demonstrate clear harm and explore what the world needs to do about this massive violation of women’s human rights.

Film: The Sugar Curtain (El Telon de Azucar)

Friday, February 29 at 7:30 pm
at the Walker Art CenterCinema
$8 ($6 Walker members)

In her autobiographical documentary, the filmmaker returns from the United States to Cuba to reflect on her idyllic childhood shared with her classmates from the mid-1970s to the 1980s—the most prosperous economic period in the country’s history. Her generation was filled with hope that went unfulfilled when Cuba’s financial support from socialist countries abroad dried up as the Soviet Union spun apart in the early 1990s. 2006, France/Cuba, in Spanish with English subtitles, 82 minutes.

Followed by a post-screening discussion led by August H. Nimtz, Jr.; Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota.
In her autobiographical documentary, the filmmaker returns from the United States to Cuba to reflect on her idyllic childhood shared with her classmates from the mid-1970s to the 1980s—the most prosperous economic period in the country’s history. Her generation was filled with hope that went unfulfilled when Cuba’s financial support from socialist countries abroad dried up as the Soviet Union spun apart in the early 1990s. 2006, France/Cuba, in Spanish with English subtitles, 82 minutes.

Followed by a post-screening discussion led by August H. Nimtz, Jr.; Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota.
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Film Festival: Women with Vision 2008

2008 Festival Info

As we mark the 15th year of this festival, it seems fitting that we evoke the dramatic structure used so often in film of sliding forward and backward in time. This year’s festival is subtitled Past/Present, a theme many of the 2008 filmmakers have embraced. Each finds a way to reveal how the past has shaped the present—whether focusing on the legacy of women media artists from the 1960s, Native American boarding schools, human trafficking in Africa and Europe, or the way Jewish humor impacts today’s comediennes. A primordial forest becomes the source of new life in Japan and the Taliban’s destruction of the giant Buddhas has changed the way that Afghani children see the world.

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Lots of [on campus] Events: Women's Student Activist Collective (WSAC)

1. S. Bear Bergman: writer, theater artist, instigator, gender-jammer!

**Tuesday, Feb. 19**
Meet & Greet with Bear at WSAC (Women's Student
Activist Collective), U of M Coffman Union, Rm 202 FREE PIZZA!

"Butch is a Noun" book reading at the Amazon
Bookstore Cooperative, 4755 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis

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Talk: "Race, Politics, and Capitalism in the Global Metropolis"

A conversation with American Studies Graduate Students Rodolfo Aguilar and
Lisa Arrastia about research, work, and activism in the City of Chicago.
Aguilar considers Mexican diaspora, migration, and cultural production.
Arrastia links the built environment and public school system as to her
broader project on race, political mobilization, and the politics of

Talking Back is a speaker series that features the work, reseach, and
politics of graduate students in American Studies and related disciplines
and interdisciplines.

Friday, February 22nd
Scott Hall Commons
Cocktails to follow at The Kitty Kat Club
University Avenue at 14th Avenue

7th Annual Political Theatre Festival

In the true tradition of Latin American theatre, Teatro del Pueblo joins forces with Intermedia Arts, the Resource Center of the Americas, and the University of Minnesota to co-present Teatro’s Political Theatre Festival!

The Political Theatre Festival brings together political issues and theatre to create a forum where ideas and information are exchanged through performance and dialogue. New this year, we focus on the issue of Latino identity; bringing seven new plays to the stage, including two all new interactive pieces, international artists from Columbia, and a world premiere exhibit of the political paintings of Santiago Zarzosa.

For ticket reservations, call (612) 871-4444 or email
For festival information, call (651) 224-8806 or visit

February 10, 2008


At 38, Lori Benson, an aspiring filmmaker living in downtown Manhattan, was relishing life and motherhood with her one- year-old daughter Talula. Then a single phone call changed her life forever: it was her doctor; the diagnosis was breast cancer; and surgery was imperative. Dear Talula is a portrait of a woman whose grace and courage allow her to transform her breast cancer diagnosis into a journey of self discovery.

What: An intimate director's roundtable discussion with Lori Benson
When: Friday, February 8th - screening at 11:30am; discussion at 12:00pm
Where: IFP MN's classroom (2446 University Ave W, in St. Paul)
What Else: Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. There will also be a FREE screening of Dear Talula the night before:

The Survivors' Studio Proudly Presents A Free Public Screening of DEAR TALULA Thursday, February 7th, 7 p.m.
White Bear Township Theaters
A post-film discussion with Lori Benson follows. For more information about the film, go to For directions to the theater and to get your free ticket, go to Or call 651-748-4760.

February 6, 2008

2/13 FREE: Angela Davis at Macalester

Angela Davis
A Socially Conscious Conversation with the Legendary Activist

5 p.m., February 13
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom
Macalester College

This event is free; however, tickets will be required and available for pick up at the Macalester Campus Center Information Desk beginningon February 6 for students and February 8 for the general public.

January 21, 2008

FREE EVENT: Human Rights Film Series

Killer’s Paradise

In this powerful film, an award-winning team of filmmakers document the story of the brutal killings of women in Guatemala. Since 1999, more than 2,000 women have been murdered there, with the numbers rising every year. Killer’s Paradise documents the story of Claudina Isabel Velasquez, a 19 year old law student murdered in 2005, as her family urges the authorities to investigate who killed her.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Riverview Branch Library, 1 E. George Street, Saint Paul

Second Showing: January 30, 5:30 p.m.
Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

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