Film historian Kate Hearst curates this film series, highlighting five features directed by women that explore journeys of self-discovery. After a short introduction where Kate will suggest elements to look for in each film, we’ll screen the movies together and have a discussion afterward. Kate will focus on each film’s unique place in history and it’s cinematic techniques, such as narrative structure, cinematography and visual construction. Together we’ll find meanings both visible and hidden, and discuss why each film continues to be a milestone in cinema today.
The films include: Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnés Varda, 1962), Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991), The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993), Frida (Julie Taymor, 2002), and Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016).
Kate Hearst is a film historian and critic, recently seen in CNN’s “The History of the Movies.” Since 2011, Kate has been teaching film studies at various New Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, and Brooklyn College. She regularly writes for Film International and advises the web-based series, Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP). She earned her Ph.D. in American History and MFA in film, both from Columbia University.