The ninth annual Davis Feminist Film Festival will screen a new selection of cutting-edge short films Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St.
Showcasing narrative, documentary, and experimental work, this grassroots event links art to social issues and exposes audiences to perspectives often missing from mainstream media. The films featured this year are variously funny, sad, charming, quirky, disturbing, entertaining and thought-provoking. Filmmakers represent many countries around the world, including Denmark, Kosovo, Spain, Germany, France, The Netherlands and the UK. The program is curated by students in a class at UC Davis who get hands-on experience with festival organizing.
Thursday night features an interactive video project titled “Keep on Truckin’,” created by local artists Glenda Drew and Melissa Chandon. Through the use of photography, video, and audio, the project documents the experiences of drivers at truck stops in the Central Valley. It investigates the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of truck drivers, as well as their challenges and adversities, including grueling schedules and long absences from home.
Thursday also features student filmmakers enrolled in a documentary production class at UCD and other local filmmakers. Selected artists will be available for a question-and-answer session at the conclusion of the evening’s program.
Friday’s line-up highlights a variety of films from primarily international filmmakers. A full listing of each night’s film line-up will be available on the festival website http://femfilmfest.ucdavis.edu.
The festival creates an inclusive public space for under-represented artists — particularly women and people of color — to raise consciousness about gender, race, class, sexuality, and other dimensions of social inequality. The festival is a fun, inspiring, community-building event for artists and audiences alike.
The festival is free and open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $5 for students and $10 for general admission. A reception with food and beverages for sale will start at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 6 p.m. on Friday. Films begin 30 minutes after the doors open.
The Davis Feminist Film Festival is organized and hosted by the Consortium for Women and Research at UC Davis. The festival is nonprofit; money raised goes toward operating costs and providing invaluable internship experience for the student organizers.