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Women and Non-Binary Filmmakers Showcase

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November 20, 2019

On November 15, 2019, the Media Factory presented a showcase featuring the short films of four local women and non-binary filmmakers: Athena Kafantaris, Kate DonnellyJude Domski, and Alex Escaja. All of the filmmakers were in attendance and participated in a Q&A session with host Gin Ferrara, the Community Engagement Manager at the Media Factory. It was a packed house on a snowy evening and we are thrilled to have had such a wonderful turnout for the event.

Athena Kafantaris presented three of her short films: "Feather, Drifting", "Terrible, Secret", and "For What?".

Kate Donnelly presented “Given Your Position” and “(Un)settling”. 

Jude Domski presented “AutoBiography”, a short film about Erika Senft Miller’s large scale public performance event of the same name. Inspired by Wagner Ring Cycle and car culture, the one-time happening in Burlington’s Cherry Street Parking Garage included performances by ivamae, the band Julia Caesar, an Acapella group and opera singer. Domski and Senft Miller answered questions following the screening.

Alex Escaja presented "Looking Back at Me", about Sade, a non-binary musician from Vermont. Alex and Sade received a standing ovation and answered audience questions after the screening.

Thank you to all who were able to join us for this amazing showcase! Special thanks to Jude Domski for curating the films and to Gin Ferrara for hosting the event.

 

MORE ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Athena Kafantaris is an artist, puppeteer, and host of Throat of the Loon on WBTV-LP. Kafantaris incorporates montage, appropriation, visual and audio layering to create original experimental films. 

Kate Donnelly explores notions of fragmentation, constructs of happiness, and feminist consciousness through performance, installation, sound, and video. Donnelly’s current endeavors include the project Single Channel, a quarterly event highlighting the history, practitioners, and genres of the moving image and time based media through collaborative viewings and discussions.  

Jude Domski is a Production Technician at the Media Factory and a professional photographer and videographer providing visual storytelling services in New York City and northern Vermont.

Alex Escaja is currently majoring in Film Studies and Gender Studies at UVM where he continues use film and video as a platform for queer advocacy. "Looking Back at Me" was previously shown at the FM LGBT Film Festival, Young Filmmakers of New York, and the Vermont International Film Festival, winning the "Best Ethnographic Film Award" at the Freedom & Unity Film Contest.