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Field Trip #15 with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan,

January 2, 2017 posted in events, projects


Mothertime, still

29th of January 2017
15:00 – 18:00h
Upominki hosts m/other voices

During The International Film Festival Rotterdam: IFFR 2017, m/other voices holds a Field Trip with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, to talk and share creative insights brought forth by her practices as a mother and a film maker. As part of the Field Trip we will be screening her work Mothertime. (For more information scroll below.)

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan teaches courses on documentary filmmaking at the School of Theater, Film and Television. Her first feature-length film was an acclaimed documentary covering four years in the lives of four adolescent girls. Going on 13 was an official selection of Tribeca, Silverdocs, and many other film festivals worldwide. It received funding from ITVS and was broadcast on public television in 2009. Guevara-Flanagan has also produced and directed several short films, including El Corrido de Cecilia Rios, winner of the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Short Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival, a chronicle of the violent death of 15-year-old Cecilia Rios. It was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and subsequently broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Her most recent feature, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, traces the evolution and legacy of the comic book hero Wonder Woman as a way to reflect on society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The film garnered numerous awards, premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2012 and was broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2013. Guevara-Flanagan received her M.F.A. in cinema from San Francisco State University.

Embracing the innovative technology of the Go-Pro camera, Mothertime is an essayistic portrait sweeping us into a corporeal experience in parenting. By using a very small, portable camera worn by mother and child, or left on any surface and turned on and off remotely, this video is a real-time, sensorial journey spanning the frenetic to mundane. Set primarily amidst scenes of domestic life in their first home, the camera captures the whimsical, ordinary, sometimes claustrophobic repeating loops of work and play in daily life. The audience is drawn into the raw and messy reality of the mother-daughter relationship as the markers of toddlerhood become the turning points of the film itself. Early mobility, language acquisition, and increasing independence play out as preparation for the move from one house to another. Like a feminist Leviathan, the video aims to disrupt expectations as the audience itself embodies the mother-child. Ultimately,Mothertime breaks down the distinction between artist and corporeal mother and invites the viewer to do the same. To see the labor of motherhood as neither romanticized nor banal. 

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