Monday, October 13, 2014

The Theatre Library Association Presents:
Women in Film:  Research, Digital Preservation & Access

Join us on October 17, 2014 for a discussion moderated by TLA President Nancy Friedland looking at women in film from three different perspectives. Mark Newton, Production Manager for Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS), will discuss the Columbia University’s Women Film Pioneers Project (, a freely accessible online database showcasing the hundreds of women who worked behind the camera during the silent film era. Kathryn Hearst, professor of women’s history at Sarah Lawrence College, will speak about her work as a scholar and professor and the challenges to researching early women filmmakers. Bette Gordon, filmmaker and film professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts will address women in film in the twenty-first century. Brief panel presentations will be followed by lively moderated discussion.

Nancy E. Friedland has been affiliated with Columbia University Libraries for 19 years, where she is Librarian for Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts, and liaison to School of the Arts.  She served as faculty partner on The Film Language Glossary and the advisory group for Women Film Pioneers Project. Nancy currently serves as TLA President, and was Co-Chair of the SIBMAS TLA 2014 Conference.  She also was Editor and contributor to Documenting: Costume Design (2010), part of Performing Arts Resources’ design series.  She contributed to the first editorial team of Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies.  Ms. Friedland is Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science and Long Island University’s Palmer School of Information Science, where she teaches courses in Film and Media Collections: Archival and Curatorial Practices, Researching Local History: Cities and Towns, and Digital Humanities.  She currently serves on the board of Women Make Movies.  She received an MA in Theatre Studies from New York University and MLS from Rutgers. 

Bette Gordon is a filmmaker and film professor who premiered her newest feature Handsome Harry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival with subsequent screenings at the IFC in New York City and Sunset 5 in Los Angeles. Handsome Harry featured a stellar ensemble cast, including Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott, John Savage and Jamey Sheridan. A pioneer in the American independent film world, Gordon is best known for her bold explorations of themes related to sexuality, violence and power. She has been the subject of various retrospectives including at IFC Cinema (2010) and Anthology Film Archives (2011), as well as at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 2011 and Indiana University in 2012. Her early short films, most notably Empty Suitcases, won numerous awards and festival acclaim worldwide, including showings at the Berlin International Film Festival, New York's Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Biennial. Variety (1984) marked her debut as a feature film director, particularly in light of the film's invitational showing at The Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight. Luminous Motion, based on the acclaimed novel History of Luminous Motion, was produced by Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman of Good Machine.

Kathryn Hearst has been on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College since 2011, teaching undergraduate history and graduate-level women’s history. She specializes in gender, race, sexuality, and class in film and media; women’s and gender history; and social and cultural history of the United States and Europe. Kathryn has worked in television, film, and media development at The Polone Company and Hearst Entertainment. In addition to her work with the WFPP, she is a contributor to the Bancroftania, University of California-Berkeley; and an advisor to MoMA’s To Save and Project film series. Kathryn is a member of Women Writing Women’s Lives, CUNY; the advisory board for the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History; and the advisory council of Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She received a PhD in History and a MFA in Film, both from Columbia University.

Mark Newton is the Production Manager for CDRS. He oversees the production schedules of the Web-based projects of the Center, including publication support for online scholarly journals, conference proceedings, and other digital projects related to the needs of the Columbia University community for scholarly exchange, and manages a staff of eight developers, designers, and project managers in the service of the center’s multiple project timelines. Prior to joining CDRS, Mark was Digital Collections Librarian and Assistant Professor at Purdue University Libraries. He received a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2007.

At the New York Public Library’s Bruno Walter Theatre, 111 Amsterdam AvenueOctober 17, 2014.
TLA Annual Business Meeting (open to the public) will take place from 5:30-6:00PM.
Doors open at 6:45, panel event from 7:00-8:00 PM.
Reservations required: RSVP FORM
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