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The Future of Film Is Female, Part 2

February 14, 2019 – February 21, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art presents The Future of Film Is Female, Part 2, the second installment in a two-year, seasonal effort to champion contemporary films directed by women early in their careers. Organized with the funding initiative The Future of Film Is Female, a group dedicated to increased representation, equitable workplaces, and gender parity for women in cinema, the series at MoMA provides an opportunity for female directors to screen and discuss their new projects. The recurring series highlights films that reflect and respond to changes in filmmaking, financing, and exhibition, in addition to broader societal challenges. This winter’s The Future of Film Is Female series runs February 14–21, 2019, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters and is organized by Caryn Coleman, guest curator, and Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

The Future of Film Is Female’s winter edition includes a weeklong run of Bridey Elliott’s Clara’s Ghost. In her debut feature, Elliott stars alongside real-life family members (including her comedian father, Chris Elliot) as members of a showbiz family brought together to celebrate their dog’s birthday. As vodka flows, the night slowly devolves and the family matriarch, Clara, begins communicating with a spirit. Also included is a world premiere from variety TV show The Eyeslicer titled “Marlon said to me: ‘Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie.” The feature-length new episode includes eight shorts that investigate the female body in continuance of conversations involving assault in the filmmaking industry. Additionally, the series highlights films by Josephine Decker, Kate Novack, Nia DaCosta, Veronika Kedar, and Karen Kusama with most filmmakers in attendance at screenings. Each feature in the program will be preceded by a short film.

Organized by Caryn Coleman, guest curator, and Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.


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Blame. 2018. USA. Directed by Quinn Shepherd. Courtesy Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Isidora Goreshter as Adelia in“Clara’s Ghost”a film by Orion Classics. Photo courtesy of Orion Classics.

Eyeslicer presents: Before the Portrait. 2012. United States. Directed by Karissa Hahn. Courtesy of the artist

Eyeslicer presents: (rough cut). 2016. United States. Directed by Walter Woodman. Courtesy Nikolay Michaylov.

Eyeslicer presents: Takako Vs. Nine Lives. 2018. United States. Directed by Lauren Wolkstein. Courtesy Jen Schneider.

Family. 2017. Israel/Germany. Directed by Veronica Kedar. Courtesy Christian Huck.

The Gospel According to Andre. 2018. USA. Directed by Kate Novack. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Little Woods. 2018. USA. Directed by Nia DaCosta. Courtesy NEON.

Madeline’s Madeline. 2018. USA. Directed by Josephine Decker. Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

9at38. 2017. South Korea / United States. Directed by Catherine Lee. Courtesy of the artist and Chapin Hall.

Edgecombe. 2018. United States. Directed by Crystal Kayiza. Courtesy of the artist.

Feathers. 2018. United States. Directed by A.V. Rockwell. Courtesy Chris Soos.

Happy Birthday, Marsha!. 2018. United States. Directed by Sasha Wortzel and Tourmaline. Courtesy of the artists.

Low Road. 2018. United States. Directed by Eleanor Wilson. Courtesy Suzi Sadler.

Puppet Master. 2018. Finland. Directed by Hanna Bergholm. Courtesy Arttu Peltomaa.