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UB to present women’s film festival

The award-winning film “Orlando” will open the 15th annual International Women's Film Festival presented by the Gender Institute.

  • “Our intention is to highlight the depth and breadth that independent women filmmakers bring to the table.”

    Ruth Goldman
    Adjunct Professor of Media Study
Published: February 14, 2011

UB’s Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender will kick off its 15th annual International Women’s Film Festival at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 with Sally Potter’s 1992 award-winning film “Orlando,” starring Tilda Swinton.

The festival will screen films in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St., Buffalo, every Thursday at 7 p.m. through March 31, with the exception of March 17, when UB will be on spring break.

Additional screenings will take place in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, and Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resource, 712 Main St., Buffalo.

Ticket prices are $9 for general admission and $6 for students with ID, seniors, and Hallwalls and Squeaky Wheel members.

In addition to the UB Gender Institute, festival sponsors are the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, UB Law School; the UB College of Arts and Sciences and its Canadian-American Studies Committee; the Government of Canada; Global Lens, a series of the Global Film Initiative; the UB Humanities Institute; Hallwalls; and Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resource.

“This is a unique chance for the university and Greater Buffalo communities to come together to see and discuss films not usually available to mainstream audiences,” says festival programmer Ruth Goldman, adjunct professor of media study.

“Despite women’s tremendous creativity, talent, perseverance and success in every genre of filmmaking,” she says, “they still have trouble getting consistent funding. Our intention is to highlight the depth and breadth that independent women filmmakers bring to the table.

Goldman notes that the festival lineup includes some animated shorts in anticipation of the March 31 screening of “The Toe Tactic” by Emily Hubley, an experimental film that combines live action and narration. Hubley will teach a master class on April 1 at UB, and at 8 p.m. that night at Hallwalls, she will screen some of her animated shorts, along with a program of films by her parents, the well-known animators Faith and John Hubley.

For more information and the festival lineup, visit the Gender Institute’s website.