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There She Goes

Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond

Edited by Corinn Columpar and Sophie Mayer

Film Theory and Criticism, Filmmakers, Gender, Women's Studies

Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series

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Published: October 2009
ISBN: 9780814333907
Pages: 240 Size: 6x9 Illustrations: 20

Following in the footsteps of the filmmakers whose work it features—including Miranda July, Janie Geiser, Tracey Moffatt, Sally Potter, Cindy Sherman, Samira Makhmalbaf, Sadie Benning, Agnès Varda, Kim Longinotto, and Michelle Citron—There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond seeks to make trouble not only in the archives but also at the boundaries between artistic, industrial, political, critical, and disciplinary practices. Editors Corinn Columpar and Sophie Mayer have assembled scholarship that responds to women’s work in the interstices between different branches of the film industry, modes of filmmaking, national or transnational contexts, exhibition media, and varieties of visual representation in order to assess the exchanges such work enables.

Essays in the first three sections of There She Goes explore connections at the level of curation and exhibition, while the subsequent four consider local connections such as those between the film and the audience or between works within an oeuvre, down to those occurring on the surface of the film. Contributors reach beyond traditional screen cinema to interact with a larger field of artistic production, including still photography, music videos, installation art, digital media, performance art, and dance. Essays also pay particular attention to a variety of contextual factors that have shaped women’s filmmaking, from the conditions of production and circulation to engagement with various social movements and critical traditions, including, but not limited to, feminism.

By foregrounding fluidity, There She Goes presents a an exciting new appraisal of feminist film culture, as well as the intellectual and affective potential it holds for filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Scholars of film and television studies and gender studies will appreciate the fresh outlook of There She Goes.

Corinn Columpar is assistant professor of English and cinema studies at the University of Toronto and author of Unsettling Sights: The Fourth World on Film.

Sophie Mayer is an independent scholar and author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love.

Contributors Include:
Ailson Hoffman, Chloe Hope Johnson, Corinn Columpar, Elizabeth Watkins, Homay King, Kay Armatage, Melinda Barlow, Michelle Citron, Michelle Meagher, SF Said, Sophie Mayer, Theresa Geller, Virginia Bonner

Ultimately, There She Goes is a rich-and much-needed-contribution to feminist film scholarship."

– Bitch Magazine

Alongside a bruising context of limited production and distribution opportunities for experimental work by women, this collection evokes-celebrates even-a vibrant moving image culture of women artists producing extraordinary work, intervening in, and reworking conventional modes of portrayal."

– Yvonne Tasker, professor of film and television studies at University of East Anglia, UK