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Women Take the Reel

A Film Festival Celebrating
Women’s History Month

Films to take place throughout the Month, read below for more information

Beginning in March 2013, this annual film festival is a collaborative effort among Women’s and Gender Studies departments involved in the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies (as well as select institutions/universities aligned with its mission) that features films directed by women and about issues relating to gender, race, sexuality, class and/or feminism.
The focus is on intellectual investigation of these issues as well as visibility for female directors, and so every film is accompanied by a Q&A and discussion with either the film director, producer, or a faculty member from the film screening’s host institution host institution. All films are free and open to the public.

For detailed information about the 2013 film screenings and locations, visit:

Abbreviated listings below:

More information about each of the festival films below.


Orchids: an intersex adventure
Director: Phoebe Hart

FRIDAY -- March 1, 2013
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue , BLDG [ 6 -120 ]

Discussion with WGS Professor K. Surkan to follow.


A national festival of films by, for, or about women returns to Simmons College for the 12th year.

TUESDAY -- March 5, 2013
Simmons: Room: Kotzen in Lefavour Hall, 300 The Fenway, Boston

A Moment in Her Story: Stories from the Boston Women's Movement
Directed by Catherine Russo

WEDNESDAY -- March 6, 2013
Lesley University, Amphitheater, Room 2-150

Discussion with film director to follow.


License to Thrive: Title IX at 35

Directed by Theresa Moore

FRIDAY -- March 8, 2013 (International Women's Day)


Tufts University, 304 Tisch Library

Discussants: Lisa M. Coleman, Ph.D. - Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President at Harvard University & Susan Marine, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director in Higher Education at Merrimack College.


Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC

Directed by Abby Moser

MONDAY -- March 11, 2013


Brandeis, Mandel G-12


Groundbreaking Films of the Early Women's Movement

an evening with filmmaker Liane Brandon

TUESDAY -- March 12, 2013


Boston College, Stokes Hall S195 Auditorium

Liane will show two short films, "Anything You Want to be" (1971) and "Betty Tells Her Story" (1972)


Love and Diane
Directed by Jennifer Dworkin

FRIDAY -- March 15, 2013
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, BLDG [ 32-141 ]

Discussion with social sorker and Director of Outreach for Hearth, Inc., Adrienne Beloin to follow.

Orgasm Inc.

Directed by Liz Canner

TUESDAY -- March 19, 2013


Boston University, Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism CGSA

775 Commonwealth Avenue (GSU lower level)


Directed by Alisa Lebow and Cynthia Madansky

WEDNESDAY -- March 20, 2013


[90 Snell Library]

Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115


First Person Plural
Directed by Deann Borshay

THURSDAY -- March 21, 2013
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, BLDG [ 4-163 ]

Discussion with WGS Professor S. Haslanger to follow.


Women, Action and the Media!

WAM! Boston Film Festival

SATURDAY -- March 23 - 24 2013


Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA


Inside Lara Roxx

Directed by Mia Donovan

TUESDAY -- March 26, 2013


Discussion with Director Mia Donovan and Melissa Gira Grant, cofounder of Glass Houses and co-editor of Coming & Crying to follow.


A Walk to Beautiful

Directed by Mary Olive Smith

THURSDAY - March 28, 2013


Simmons, School of Management Building - Room M501

WOMEN TAKE THE REEL is a FREE roaming film festival SPONSORED BY: MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies; the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies; Boston College Women's and Gender Studies Program; Boston University Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Brandeis University Women's and Gender Studies Program; Harvard University Committee for Degrees in Women, Gender and Sexuality; Northeastern University Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Simmons College Department of Women's and Gender Studies; Tufts University Women's Studies Program; UMass Boston Women's Studies Department; Lesley University; Emerson College Visual and Media Arts; Women, Action and the Media (WAM!); and Women Make Movies.

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Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 14N-211
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-324-2085