SCEDI Webinar: Women in Film - Teaching for Change

Presented by SCEDI, the Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


On March 11, 2022 SCEDI hosted an online roundtable discussion focused on barriers still being faced by women/female identifying students and faculty members in film schools. Panelists included scholars and filmmakers from CILECT North America schools who presented their research, experiences and potential solutions for breaking the bias and activating change in our media programs.

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Gerda Cammaer is an Associate Professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto (Canada) specializing in documentary and experimental film. Her film work centres around forgotten and overlooked histories in film in combination with recent developments in smartphone filmmaking and microcinema. She is co-founder and director of the Moving-Image-Arts International Short film festival in Toronto. Currently, she is completing Pink Tape, a film that addresses persistent sexism in the film industry and film education, which she will be talking about during her presentation.

Kathleen Cummins is a professor in the Bachelor of Film and Television Program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Her research interests include feminist cinemas, Irish-language cinema, and Indigenous media. Kathleen’s films and screenplays have received support from various government agencies and have been screened and broadcast internationally. Her recent book, Herstories on Screen:  Feminist Subversions of Frontier Myths, was published in 2020 by Wallflower Press.  She is currently completing a research project and documentary film about the experiences of female-identifying students enrolled in professional film training programs.

Maureen McKeon is a professor in the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design and the Program Co-ordinator in the Advanced Television and Film program at Canada’s Sheridan College.  A screenwriter, story editor and producer, she has worked for all the major Canadian networks, with credits that include the award-winning series Traders, Bliss  and The Associates.  She is currently working on the CBC series Janestown, set in Canada’s Wild West in the 1860s and is collaborating with Kathleen Cummins on their research project about female-identifying film students.

C.A. (Crystal) Griffith is an associate professor in the Arizona State University School of Theatre and Film. Her camera department and cinematography credits include the feature film Juice starring Tupac Shakur, A Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde, and Hegedus and Pennebaker’s Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You as well as music videos on such disparate subjects as Tracey Chapman and the Rolling Stones.  As director, Griffith’s credits include the award-winning documentary Mountains That Take Wing - Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama, and her dramatic feature debut, Del Otro Lado (The Other Side), a Spanish language, gay male film that was shot on location in Mexico City.

Brigid Maher is a tenured associate professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker focusing on women, from women’s issues in the Middle East to women’s health and beyond. She recently completed her third feature documentary, Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story, about a little-known pioneer in the male-dominated art world who transformed experimental cinema by helping film artists make it and the public see and understand it. The film will receive its premiere at the 2022 Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Wenhwa Ts’ao is a tenured professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago.  Born and raised in Taiwan, she is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has received numerous grants, scholarships and screened worldwide. Tsao’s work focuses on issues related to the Chinese American experience, especially the immigrant experience. She is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College Chicago and an Excellence in Teaching Award from University Film & Video Association.



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