Screening Room To Host Forum On Female Filmmakers

By Jack Shea
The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Several top female filmmakers with ties to the Boston area will come together to discuss the many responsibilities of leading a production.


This Sunday, the public will have a chance to receive a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking from a female perspective.

“Women Behind the Lens: A Women’s HerStory Film Forum,” will be held at the Screening Room at 7 p.m.

Three Boston and New York City women filmmakers representing feature film and documentary writing, production and cinematography, will discuss and contrast their approaches to making motion pictures.

It’s one of the crowning events of Women’s HerStory Month, a citywide celebration of local female artists and perspectives through many modes of storytelling sponsored by The Actors Studio of Newburyport and featured each weekend throughout March.

The event was developed by Actors Studio board member Adair Rowland, who wanted to find the backstory of women in filmmaking while delving into the creative process behind an artistically demanding mode of storytelling.

“When we think of storytelling, we think of writing but the whole idea of telling a story with moving pictures is a completely different mindset,” Rowland said.

The event was originally to be hosted by writer and director Nikole Beckwith, a Newburyport native who has gone on to have success in the filmmaking industry, especially through her debut film “Stockholm, Pennsylvania”.

The feature film has gone from the Sundance Film Festival to the Lifetime TV network.

Beckwith, who was filming in California, realized she could not return in time for the event and instead opted for a prerecorded interview that will be incorporated into the discussion.

In her place, two other award-winning filmmakers stepped up to carry out the forum, including Tracy Heather Strain, who has received national attention for “Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart,” which aired in January on PBS’ “American Experience”.

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