Women in Film
Following the Oxford International Women’s Festival Jo Thoenes celebrated women filmmakers who live in the county by talking to some of the inspirational women who are paving the way for women in film in very different ways.
Ali Palmer Smith
Ali has been a self employed filmmaker since 2003, working with organisations such as OVFM (Oxford Film & Video Makers) with whom she trained, Fusion Arts, schools and small charities; as well as independently managing and producing shorts.
Ali Palmer Smith
In February 2008 Ali made the film “Cool Young Carers”. This involved a six day workshop with four young people exploring what it takes to be a young carer.
Last year she made a five minute film with eight young people for the anti-bullying forum at the Kassam Stadium.
Having been interested in storytelling since childhood, Grey Burdick went on to study film at the London Institute, where she discovered her passion for authentic film and the film making process. Her stints as production assistant were Roger Corman's film production company (Concorde Anais Teo) in Ireland, followed by a daytime magazine programme for UK TV (The Mag). Being an office manager at top American ad agency Weiden and Kennedy provided an excellent learning curve. Grey collated artistes portfolios and would work alongside world class photographers, writers, editors and directors.
Later, having moved to Oxford, Grey researched and developed a ground breaking course teaching people with autism and learning disabilities to write and direct short films. These films were shown at screenings and film festivals, and picked up a number of awards.
More recently Grey has been involved in Arts Council projects such as Hidden Faces, and a key element in organising the Flash Forward film festival.
Erica is a filmmaker and cinematographer who has shot over 60 films and was one of the first ever camerawomen in the UK. She has her own production company: “Erika Stevenson Productions”. Her documentary credits include “Tales Out of School” featuring Judi Dench, Julie Walters, Victoria Wood and Kate Adie to name but a few.
She recently completed the 37 minute film “Deafness Matters” which portrays a week in the life of deaf and hard of hearing young people. The film took seven days to make and involved 11 young people having fun, doing mock job interviews and role-playing.
Zoe is a campaign filmmaker working for Greenpeace and a member of “Undercurrents” – a series of videos about activism around the UK which comes out twice a year.
Zoë's work is often seen on TV News i.e. protesters on Big Ben, on top of aircraft at Heathrow, the unrest in Burma.
Zoe Broughton (photo Cobb/Greenpeace)
She recently made a film that showed that beagles were being maltreated when used for drugs testing, and that results were being faked by some technicians. The Home Office launched an investigation and two employees were subsequently convicted under the Protection of Animals Act.
Jo Thoenes talked to Zoe about her life and a secret filming trip to Burma.
Iona Fabian has 13 years experience working in the media industry, the majority of which has been as a freelancer leading to a very varied career. Starting as graphic assistant at a new media firm she quickly progressed to video editor, then department manager producing corporate and educational videos. She currently teaches at OFVM running the new 'Experimental Digital Media' and the 'Adobe Premiere – Cutting Room Basics '. She also specialises in 'Stop-Motion Animation' workshops mainly with children, working with schools and holiday schemes.
One recent project involved being 'Animator in Residence ' at Chalfont College Grammar School, and working with The Police and Neighbourhood Watch. The resulting animated film featured outrageous octogenarians causing havoc in Chalfont St. Peter. She has also been involved with government funded Action Research body CARA.
She collaborated with Caroline McKyntire at Northbourne Primary School, Didcot, to explore how creating animated films effects young children's communication skills. She also works on documentary films, and is currently directing and editing a film for the charity Mind and a film documenting the rise of West Mill Wind Farm near Swindon. She makes animated films and works with Animation Station in Banbury.
Zuleika trained in video production as part of her degree course and first began working for an independent documentary production company as a production assistant.
She went freelance in order to make her first film which gave her the experience and opportunity to work on Phil Agland's award winning documentary in China "Beyond the Clouds". She is currently a founding partner of Distant Object Productions.
Zuleika works with the Arts and often in Africa and abroad.
Her most recent feature “Rock Music Rock Art” was filmed at Lake Victoria and sets out to discover the musical sounds of our earliest ancestors and fuse two very different musical styles.
last updated: 05/11/2008 at 15:44
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