Monday, December 20, 2010

Last October, Laura Rattner (Ph.D. candidate at Penn State University
and local Seattle resident) presented doctoral work from her time spent with
ReelGrrls (2005) at the The Reimagining Girlhood: Communities, Identities, Self-Portrayals. This conference at State University of New York College atCortland, New York featured papers from over 150 interdisciplinary GirlsStudies scholars from over 14 countries. Additionally, A Participatory Media Workshop for girls was led by Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film at University of Texas at Austin.
 Mary is a leading Girls’ Studies scholar and author of Girls Make Media (Routledge, 2006), and several other books and articles. She also is the founding director of
Cinemakids, a program for aspiring young media producers in Austin.

October 22-24, 2010; State University of New York College at Cortland

Cortland, New York USA

Monday, December 06, 2010

Media Literacy Monday: The Media Show

The Media Show is an excellent web series starring two puppet siblings. They've made an incredible 72 videos covering all manner of media literacy topics. The creators have also put together an excellent site documenting their experiences making videos for YouTube and teaching media literacy to youth. An incredible resource for anyone teaching media literacy!

Check out on of their latest episodes below, discussing how Hollister sells us an idea of California glamour that may not live up to the reality.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Youth Media Thursday

We love all kinds of youth media at Reel Grrls- not just video. We want to see youth embracing their creativity in any way that makes them happy. Check out this great piece from a young woman in Kentucky about the difficulty of finding health care as a low-income adult.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Wenesday Link Round-Up

Women and Hollywood posted this terrible ad for BBC home video. Apparently men can have jobs and adventures, women just get to be... ladies. 

Woot! Reel Grrls filmmaker Naomi Nelson just won the Adoption Stories Audience Award from POV for her film Why Not. We could not be prouder.

BarnMaven writes a great story on BlogHer about why she's glad her little girl punched a boy in the privates.

You may have heard the upsetting news- Comcast is seriously challenging net neutrality. Make your voice heard by signing Media Reforms petition to the FCC.

You've probably heard of the Bechdel Test before. Our friend Anita Sarkeesian made this great video explaining exactly what it is:

Well, right now at Bitch Magazine, Alyx Vesey is doing a great series called Bechdel Test Canon, cataloging some of the best films that pass the test. Check it out next time you're trying to figure out what to rent!

Become a Reel Grrls Mentor!

It's the end of the year. And I know that has a lot of you thinking, "Yeah, 2010 was great and all, but in 2011 I am looking for a way to really make a difference." Well, look no further!

Reel Grrls is currently seeking committed mentors for our after-school and school-break programs in early 2011.

What is a Reel Grrls mentor? Reel Grrls relies on the support and commitment of phenomenal adult women volunteers who mentor, train, and learn alongside our participants. We value mentors with a variety of backgrounds and skills to share: the main requirement is a commitment to empowering young women through media production.

In exchange for their hard work and time commitment, mentors gain access to Reel Grrls video equipment and the opportunity to network with other Seattle-based filmmakers, artists, activists, and educators.

The first step to becoming a mentor is to complete an online mentor application.

We are seeking mentors for the following programs:

Lights, Camera, Reel Grrls!
Wednesdays, January 19 - April 27, 4:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturdays, Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 9, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mentor Orientation: Wed, Jan 12, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

All meetings to be held at the Reel Grrls office in the Central District
- LCRG is the signature intro video production program. Volunteer mentors work will small teams of 3-4 girls on short video pieces, usually on personal topics.
- If you are interested, contact Maile (maile at reelgrrls dot org) for the full program calendar - we do not meet on certain weeks due to school breaks.

Winter Break Animation Camp
Monday - Friday, February 21 - 25, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mentor Orientation: Tuesday, Feb 15, 5:30 - 7:30

All meetings to be held at the Reel Grrls office in the Central District
- Reel Grrls has some positions for paid animation instructors, and some stipended positions for mentors who will guide small groups of 3-4 girls (ages 9-19) through the process of making short animated videos.

Spring Break Camp: Topic TBA
Monday - Friday, April 18 - 22, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mentor Orientation: Monday, April 11, 5:30 - 7:30

All meetings to be held at the Reel Grrls office in the Central District
- Additional program details coming soon.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or if you have questions, please contact Maile for details (maile at reelgrrls dot org).

Reel Grrls mentors are a vital part of our community. But don't take my word for it!