Five picks from the Women + Film Voices Film Festival
As with past editions, this year's third annual Women + Film Voices Film Festival aligns with the celebration of International Women's Day -- which is Friday, March 8. Curated by festival producer Tammy Brislin, FilmCenter artistic director Brit Withey and festival director Britta Erickson, narratives and documentaries alike get top billing in this collection of women-centered pieces from around the world.
Maritza Santiago Hernandez and Abbie Cornish in The Girl.
The festival kicks off this Sunday, March 3, with a live performance of A Conversation With Edith Head, followed by more than two dozen movies screening throughout the week. In advance of all that action, Brislin took time to share her favorite films in this year's lineup:
- Susan Claassen becomes a fashion icon in A Conversation With Edith Head
- Q&A: Director Joan Grossman talks about Drop City, her latest Colorado-connected film
- Shoot your heart out: VOICES Mobile Film Festival is now taking short film submissions
"It's a beautiful film -- it's shot really well and narrated by celebrities. When Meryl Streep is speaking, I thought, oh, my god, you couldn't have a better voice for telling a story of a young girl."
"This opening night film is great -- it tells the story of Leonie Gilmour, whose son is the famous sculptor Noguchi. I'd always known Noguchi's work, but had never known his story. Gilmour was quite a character -- she had two kids and she was unmarried and lived in Japan. She was an American educated at Bryn Mawr and (Noguchi's father) Yone Noguchi was a Japanese poet. It was interesting to see that at the time, the racism was so bad against Yone that Leonie wanted to go back to Japan to raise their kids -- it wasn't even legal for her to be married to a Japanese man in America."
"Visually, it's just really beautiful -- it really draws you in. It's a more subtle story -- Abbie Cornish plays a woman trying to turn her life around. The young girl who she ends up trying to help is just great."