2013 Factory-style: Gender equality film premieres & a living collage expands and inspires

Posted on: Wednesday, January 02 2013

The Factory kicks off 2013 with the Miles to Go film premiere and a consciousness-expanding collage project in the Annex.

Check out Miles to Go a PSA about gender equality in political engagement made for the Girls Impact the World filmmaking competition— directed by Julia Retzlaff, Jane Huff, Win-Mon Kyi and Buffy Almendares.

Additionally, Factory filmmaking instructor Jazmin Jones updates us about the Factory collage project currently growing in the Annex:

In an attempt to reclaim the Annex, the Factory filmmakers have been brainstorming about social justice leaders to display on the walls. We spent a few weeks carefully selecting a diverse group of icons- a collection of innovators and filmmakers that the students can look to during the darkest hours of editing. 

Buffy suggested including the Mirabal sisters, explaining that three Dominican activists were assassinated in 1960 for standing up to dictator Rafeal Trujillo. Esteban advocated for Cesar Chavez and Óscar Romero, who ended up in a neon green frame for his controversial humanitarian work in the 1970s. Win-Mon continued with the inspirational political prisoner theme, recommending Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi for the collage. As the class consciousness expands and students are exposed to new innovators, this living document will continue to grow.

Currently, the Annex Hall of Fame includes:

1. Alice Guy-Blanche

2. Tupac Shakur

3. Mindy Kaling

4. John Waters

5. bell hooks

6. Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X

7. Aung San Suu Kyi

8. Wes Anderson

9. Oscar Romero

10. Alfred Hitchcock

11. Malala Yousafzai

12. Deepa Mehta

13. Woody Allen

14. Ang Lee

15. Miranda July

16. Maya Deren

17. Muhammad Ali

18. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

19. Akira Kurosawa

20. Barack Obama

21. Sophia Coppola

22. Nelson Mandela

23. Spike Lee

24. Angela Davis

25. Cesar Chavez

26. Guerilla Girls

27. Mirabal Sisters

28. Wong Kar Wai

29. Oscar Grant

30. Vivian Maier

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