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Brainwashed Screening, Q and A + Networking and Nibbles
Feb 7 | 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm PST
Women In Media, Outside the Box [Office], and Kino Lorber
hosted a special theatrical screening of the game-changing documentary
Brainwashed: Sex – Camera – Power and pre screening networking and nibbles event
Directed & Produced by Nina Menkes
Executive Produced by Tim Disney, Susan Disney Lord, and Abigail E. Disney
Brainwashed Sex-Camera-Power Event
All were invited to a special screening of Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power with an energizing town hall at USC. The focus was shot design and who holds the power when creating the frame and camera movement. How can we rethink the language of film for a new audience, keenly aware of visual language, societal shifts, and how women are portrayed in visual mediums?
We engaged with the esteemed panel of speakers as well as members of the viewing public, filmmakers, tastemakers, and academics who are shaping visual language for the next generation of storytelling.
Nina Menkes: Producer/Director: Brainwashed, Phantom Love, Queen of Diamonds
Sandra Valde – Hansen, ASC: Cinematographer/Educator: The L Word: Generation Q, Now Apocalypse, Plan B
Catherine Hardwicke, Director: Lords of Dogtown, 13, Twilight
Sandra de Castro Buffington, Co-Producer: BRAINWASHED:Sex~Camera~Power, Executive Producer: #SHOUT, Founder of UCLA’s Global Media Center for Social Impact
Moderated by Tema L. Staig ~ Women In Media Executive Director/Producer/Production Designer
photos by Sharon Rene
photos by Hannah Myamoto
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP HERE.
Pre – Screening Networking and Nibbles
4pm – 6:15PM
929 W Jefferson Blvd #1650
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Please join us before the screening to meet up with old friends and new colleagues over an early dinner and drinks at Greenleaf Restaurant. You do not need to be a WiM member to join us for networking and nibbles or the screening. 20% of your food and beverage purchases will be donated to Women In Media by the restaurant. Please mention us when you place your order, or present the digital flyer that we will be emailing you.
If you would like your contact information shared with the group for further networking outside of this event, please opt In on the RSVP form.
We will walk from the restaurant to the screening as a group (about 6 minutes). Women In Media Members will have VIP reserved seats at the theater.
RSVP FOR NETWORKING AND NIBBLES HERE. All are welcome – the more, the merrier!
Brainwashed Screening + Q and A Town hall
7 PM – 10 PM
USC Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90007
Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power is the eye-opening documentary, celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design. Using clips from hundreds of movies we all know and love – from Metropolis to Vertigo to Phantom Thread – Menkes convincingly makes the argument that shot design is gendered. Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power illuminates the patriarchal narrative codes that hide within supposedly “classic” set-ups and camera angles, and demonstrates how women are frequently displayed as objects for the use, support, and pleasure of male subjects.
Building on the essential work of Laura Mulvey and other feminist writers, Menkes shows how these not-so-subtle embedded messages affect and intersect with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse and assault, as well as employment discrimination against women, especially in the film industry. The film features interviews with an all-star cast of women and non-binary industry professionals including Julie Dash, Penelope Spheeris, Charlyne Yi, Joey Soloway, Catherine Hardwicke, Eliza Hittman, and Rosanna Arquette. The result is an electrifying call-to-action that will fundamentally change the way you see, and watch, movies.