Film series “Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmakers” starts on Tues., Mar. 8, with “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Best Video Film & Cultural Center is pleased to announce a new film series that will highlight up-and-coming and historically unrecognized women behind the camera. Raizine Bruton and Jules Larson, of BVFCC staff, have curated as their first installment of the series “Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmaking,” three films that display the significance of women’s direction and leadership on the movie set. How the women have led these projects, what stories are told, and especially how they’re told, matter.

Support for this series has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

The series will launch with Céline Sciamma’s modern feminist classic, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”(2019) on March 8th at 7:30 PM. It will be introduced by film scholar, Leana Hirschfeld-Kroen. She is currently a lecturer in Film & Media Studies at Yale University, where she received her PhD in Film & Media Studies and Comparative Literature in 2021. There will be time for discussion until the screening, starting at 8 PM. Tickets for admission will be $5.

This will be an indoors event with the following covid protocols in place:

• 35 attendees max
• proof of vaccination required
• masks required (they can be lowered to take drinks or eat popcorn but should be raised back up when done)

The schedule for the series:

Tues., March 8, 730 PM: “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (2019, Lesbian romantic drama, dir. by Céline Sciamma)

Tues., March 15, 730 PM: “Losing Ground” (1982, comedy/drama, dir. by Kathleen Collins)

Tues, March 22 730 PM: “Variety” (1983, neo-noir, feminist sexploitation, dir. by Bette Gordon)