Girl Power and A Herstory of Women Filmmakers
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Girl Power and A Herstory of Women Filmmakers

Set to music by Bikini Kill, Sadie Benning’s video Girl Power (1992, 14 min.) exemplifies riot grrrl creative explosion and gendered personal rebellion. Kelly Gallagher’s A Herstory of Women Filmmakers (2009, 15 min.) animates interviews with friends to music by Le Tigre, celebrating women, trans, and genderqueer filmmakers.

The 30-minute program loops in the Walker Cinema all evening.

Sadie Benning began making videos in 1989 at 15 years old, using a Fisher Price Pixelvision toy camera. Their early works recorded thoughts and images revealing the complexities of a developing queer sexuality and transgender identity in evocative experimental form. At age 19, Benning exhibited videos at the 1993 Whitney Biennial. Since then, Benning has made work that includes lo-fi, experimental videos, cofounding the electronic rock band Le Tigre, abstract painting, photography, sculpture, sound, and installation. Their work has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the British Film Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Hammer Museum, and others.

Kelly Gallagher is an experimental filmmaker and assistant professor of film at Syracuse University. Gallagher’s award-winning animations, experimental films, and documentaries have screened internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, Sundance Film Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, London ICA Artists’ Biennial, LA Film Forum, and Anthology Film Archives. She is founder of Purple Riot Studio, a film and animation production house.

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