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EVENT – Winter Film Series

Thursdays, March 4, 11 & 18 @ 7:00pm



Produced by Rochester Contemporary with help from Visual Studies Workshop

co-sponsored by Alliance for Democracy-Rochester


What:  Women & Sports—Beyond Title IX: the Winter Film Series


When, Where & How Much:  All screenings start at 7pm and will be shown in the Visual Studies Workshop MEDIA CENTER at 31 Prince St. (wheelchair accessible) Suggested donation: $3 RoCo members, $4 general public. This is a Rochester Contemporary satellite event.


March 4th Films:


In the Spirit of Title IX

Filmmaker: Pat Powell (28 minutes / 1981) A Title IX coordinator from Colorado challenges teachers and students to explore new avenues while rejecting stereotypes. Intercut with her workshop for school officials on the spirit of Title IX is footage of examples of its benefits.


See What We Can Be

Filmmaker: Patricia Naggiar (28 minutes / 1981)
Examines problems of sex stereotyping, looking at the efforts of teachers to eliminate role playing at an early age. "Innovative non-sexist educational activities in a variety of settings and with diverse populations... will be of interest to teachers and education students." - Catalyst Media Review.

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Heart of the Sea : Kapolioka'ehukai

Filmmakers: Lisa Denker & Charlotte Lagarde (57 minutes / 2002)
"Heart of the Sea" is the inspiring portrait of surf legend Rell "Kapolioka'ehukai" Sunn, founding member of the Women's Professional Surfing Association and one of Hawai'i's most beloved community leaders. While known for her incredible physical power, grace and luminous beauty, it was her generous spirit and relentless work as a youth, environmental and breast cancer activist that made her an icon on the Islands. As she carved a path for women in a sport dominated by men, Sunn tragically discovered that she had breast cancer at the early age of 32. Despite the diagnosis, she continued surfing and promoting breast cancer awareness among native Hawai'ian and Pacific Islander women until her final days. Not only a moving profile of an important figure in contemporary Hawai'ian history, but an important look at Hawai'i as an integral part of America's rich cultural landscape and heritage.

March 11th Film:







Uphill All the Way

Filmmaker: Khin May Lwin and Robert Nassau (80 minutes /2000)
"Uphill All the Way" is the astounding true story of five troubled teenage girls who face the challenge of their lives: a 2,500-mile bicycle journey along the United States Continental Divide. The girls are students at the DeSisto School, a rehabilitative high school in Massachusetts for drug addicts, victims of sexual abuse, and juveniles that have had run-ins with the law. Despite the emotional risks posed by their unstable backgrounds, they sign up for the bike trip as an opportunity to prove individually and collectively that they can reach once unfathomable heights. If finished, the trek will be the first time in their lives the girls have set a goal and met it. Over the course of three months, they mature in ways that are visible, thought provoking and completely unexpected.
Rather than portray these girls as victims, "Uphill All the Way" highlights their resilience and ability to persevere despite great emotional and physicals barriers. Providing much-needed alternatives for young women to learn how to improve their self-esteem, this unique documentary is an inspiration for every viewer ­ both young and old ­ to accomplish great feats in their lives. Narrated by Susan Sarandon. CINE Golden Eagle Award

March 18th Films:


Playing Unfair: The Media Image of the Female Athlete

Filmmaker: Media Education Foundation (2002, 30 minutes)
It has been 30 years since Title IX legislation granted women equal playing time, but the male-dominated world of sports journalism has yet to catch up with the law. Coverage of women's sport lags far behind men's, and focuses on female athletes' femininity and sexuality over their achievements on the court and field. While female athleticism challenges gender norms, women athletes continue to be depicted in traditional roles that reaffirm their femininity-as wives and mothers or sex objects. By comparison, male athletes are framed according to heroic masculine ideals that honor courage, strength, and endurance.

Playing Unfair is the first video to critically examine the post-Title IX media landscape in terms of the representation of female athletes.
Sports media scholars Mary Jo Kane (University of Minnesota), Pat Griffin (University of Massachusetts), and Michael Messner (University of Southern California) look at the persistence of heterosexism and homophobia in perpetuating gender stereotypes. They argue for new media images which fairly and accurately depict the strength and competence of female athletes. Using numerous media examples, Playing Unfair is sure to stimulate debate among women and men, athletes and non-athletes about the meaning of these images in world transformed by the presence of women in sport.



Amazing Grace : Black Women in Sport

Filmmaker: Black Women in Sports Foundation (25 minutes)
Highlighting the achievement of black female Olympic and professional athletes. Strength, skill, speed, grace, African American women have done it all in sports, blazing new trails and setting higher standards of excellence. They are an inspiration to young women everywhere. This video emphasizes the process of developing and sustaining a lifelong interest in sports activity. Narrated by Robin Roberts.

Run Like a Girl

Filmmaker: Carol Cassidy (1999, 57 minutes)
In this down-to-earth program, the unconventional yet extremely demanding sports of rugby, synchronized swimming, and double-Dutch rope jumping provide the context for teenage girls from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds to probe the issues of adolescence. They discuss their feelings of liberation within the strict regimentation of competitive sports, their search for identity and self-esteem while revolting against the stereotyped expectations of others, body image, dating, and the importance of mothers and coaches as mentors. They also tackle social concerns, including bulimia, self-injury, suicide, broken homes, teen pregnancies, and crime. Run Like a Girl is a presentation of the Independent Television Service, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Who:  The Rochester Contemporary (RoCo), in collaboration with the Visual Studies Workshop, is presenting an on-going series of films and videos which deal with topical issues and promote independent voices, as well as reflect a part of our own community in Upstate New York.  The second set of screenings in the 2003/04 series, scheduled for this March, will be "Women & Sports--Beyond Title IX".  Award-winning independent filmmaker, educator, and former New York Foundation for the Arts artist advisor Pia Cseri-Briones is the series curator.


  This film series is supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media & Film Program. Additional support provided by Alliance for Democracy-Rochester and the Visual Studies Workshop. Special thanks to Chris Burnett, Romolo Celli, Pia Cseri-Briones, Rich Della Costa, Scot Gulbranson, Kristen Merola, and our volunteers.


Contact: For further information contact Elizabeth McDade at 461-2222

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