Lincoln Film-Goers Are Abuzz with a Powerful Perspective
Last month, 300 people gathered in Lincoln's Ebner, Elson, Hart Music Center for a screening of Miss Representation, an official selection for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Lincoln's audience had strong reactions to the 90-minute film, which was written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Guests for the viewing ranged from Lincoln alumnae and parents, to women's groups around the state, to interested members of the community.
The documentary shines a light on the American media's negative and often destructive portrayal of women and girls, demonstrating how it inhibits the ambitions of women today. The film revealed shocking and disturbing data: The US is "90th in the world for women in national legislatures"; "women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media"; "over 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors" (http://www.missrepresentation.org/the-film/). With interviews ranging from high school students to a-list actors, activists to news anchors, the film provides a forum for women to speak their minds. As it turns out, what they have to say is provocative, passionate, and left our audience buzzing with a powerful new perspective.
Lincoln is hoping to provide a forum for further discussion of the film and the issues it raises this spring. Stay tuned for more information.
Watch the trailer for the film below (not suitable for young viewers), and to learn more visit www.missrepresentation.org.
Miss Representation 8 min. Trailer 8/23/11 from Miss Representation on Vimeo.
Lincoln's special screening of Miss Representation was made possible thanks to the support of the Jeffrey R. Paolino Fund at Lincoln School. This Fund was given in memory of Jeffrey R. Paolino a friend to many at Lincoln, an adventurer, and a historian.