Coming up tomorrow in New England is the second film screening in a monthly series launched by film critic Leah Gage of Leah's Movie Lowdown (a Her Film Project media partner) in cooperation with her site's media partner, WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio in New Hampshire. For this screening, Leah has partnered with Bluestocking Film Series based in Portland, Maine, and will introduce a "Sneak Preview' lineup of films from Bluestocking's 2017 program which is also a traveling festival this year. Bluestocking screens short fiction films that feature strong female protagonists and pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test which ensures female-female dialogue about something other than a male subject.
Gage launched Leah's Indie Film Series earlier this year. About this month's screening with Bluestocking, she says, "I'm really excited that we were able to partner with Bluestocking and Kate Kaminski for the second edition of Leah's Indie Film Series; not only because of Bluestocking's message that female driven narratives are just as compelling and interesting as anything else, but because of the great films Kate will share with us and our audience. Portsmouth is the perfect place to hold an event like this, and we're happy to help Kate and Bluestocking kick off their 2017 road trip!" Gage conducted interviews with some of the filmmakers from the first months' event. Which you can listen to here (scroll toward the bottom of the page for links). Leah's Indie Film Series is ongoing and accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Filmmakers can get in direct touch to inquire about submitting.
This year, in addition to the May 18 sneak preview in New Hampshire, Bluestocking is hosting a traveling film festival in different areas of the U.S., but will also include a screening in its home base of Portland, Maine. On June 23, it will premiere its 2017 program in Los Angeles at a screening hosted by CineFemme in the Spielberg Theatre at The Egyptian. About this year's events, Bluestocking's Artistic Director Kate Kaminski states, "We're really pleased to partner with other women, like Leah Gage, who are building audiences for female-driven films on a grassroots level. Bluestocking's 2017 lineup features a fresh bunch of very complicated women and girls and I'm excited to share the program in New Hampshire on Thursday."
Founded in 2011, Bluestocking has been a leader in the world of independent film as it's pushed forward the agenda of social justice through increased and complex female protagonists on screen. Passing the Bechdel-Wallace Test is a requirement of all films in order to be eligible for the series. The test can be good gauge of gender roles and representation in film and can be handy as well when implemented in connection with, or within the context of other tests such as, the DuVernay Test, the Shukla Test, and the Asian Pacific Bechdel Test (also known as the Long Duk Dong Bechdel Test) that help to focus on racial and ethnic minority and female representation. (Also, specific to Swedish film is the Chavez Perez Test which focuses on diversity and roles played by actors with immigrant backgrounds.)
Leah's Indie Film Series
Featuring 2017 Bluestocking Film Series Sneak Preview
Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm (Eastern)
909 Islington Street, Suite 1,
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Follow Leah's Movie Lowdown on Twitter @LMovieLowdown and Bluestocking Film Series @BluestckngFilm.