First of all, I just want to say how much I loved taking this class. I learned a great number of film terms I never knew before, and now find myself analyzing movies constantly. Mulvey’s article and terms were the most helpful in terms of feminist theory, and Kaplan’s feminist theoretical models were simple and descriptive, so that I could understand the basics of each term. I also particularly enjoyed learning about the history of feminism, especially second wave feminism because I was always perplexed as to the details of this movement. The Hip-hop documentaries we watched in class were also very helpful, because they gave an overview of the music industry and music videos, and provided a great deal of information—I have taken other classes that discuss hip-hop, but have not shown films like these, that provide so much information.
In regards to feminist film, I would suggest that directors attempt to make films that contain aspects of homosexuality, or that allow for ambiguity of sexual preference—to at least eliminate heteronormativity. I would also suggest films that are more ambiguous, open-ended (as Kuhn suggests) and that lean away from conventional plots and camera shots.
Again, I just want to say how much I loved this class. This class has inspired me to make a documentary about my own family. I have always toyed with the idea, but now I’m determined to make it. My uncle has editing software, and we both think it would be a great idea to tape our next family reunion and make a doc. with interviews. Thanks so much Rachel!