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Best Film Analysis
First Place

"Ida & Deleuze's Time-Image"

by Maria Moreno

Maria Moreno is a Venezuelan filmmaker working between Miami, FL & Portland, OR. Her work explores her intersecting identities as a queer Latinx immigrant, primarily through documentary and experimental film. She is the founder of F*ck Film School Fest, an inclusionary space for filmmakers of all backgrounds and experience levels to showcase their work without rules or monetary restrictions. 

 

Writer's Statement

I was particularly interested in exploring Gilles Deleuze and his theory of the Time-Image because of its relation to memory & trauma. As an immigrant whose home country is currently experiencing intense decades-long sociopolitical crises, the idea that the past, present, & future can all exist in one moment allows me to better understand my position as a person who experiences my countries past through memory and its present through the media. 

Second Place

"Conflicting and Commodifying Womanhood in Angels Wear White"

by Ruby Mullen

I am a filmmaker and multimedia artist. I spent my first two years of college in Olympia, WA, before transferring to PSU. My films have been shown at festivals such as the Portland Film Festival and the Olympia Film Festival.

I work in a style of "video collage" and attempt to encapsulate the aesthetics and moods of life in the Pacific Northwest. I like to make sentimental films.

 

Writer's Statement

I wrote this paper for a class on Mainland Chinese Cinema with Jennifer Ruth, which was my first real exposure to these films and topics. This was one of the course's only films directed by a woman, and engaged most directly with issues presented in many films we studied, such as sexuality, pregnancy, virginity, and sexual assault. I initially did not want to write about this film and deal with it so closely because it is both difficult to watch, and appears to make many statements about womanhood which are controversial, conflicting, sometimes hypocritical and confusing. Ultimately, I found something exciting and potentially challenging in writing about a film which makes many statements that are not always harmonious. There are elements in this film which encapsulate the experience of womanhood in a fascinating and satisfying way for me as a viewer, while simultaneously I feel pushed away and frustrated by it. Its flaws and imperfections are what make it such an interesting subject for a paper. 

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My name is Lisa Tracy and I am currently a senior at PSU with a huge interest in the studies of Film and Education. 


Writer's Statement
Through my love of cowboys (and even more so, cowgirls) I stumbled upon Guinan researching for my Film 486 class, Women in American Silent Film, and immediately was entranced by the numerous constantly clashing stories of her highly documented life from various seemingly credible journalists. Living through the tabloids, Guinan was and still very much is a highly interesting and important part of Hollywood cinema in that she represents much more than a fast-talking, charismatic actress and hostess. She represents a changing tide in feminism during the Silent era, one that marked many successful moments in the suffragette movement, as well as provided an interesting, un-academically documented look into the star image of an entertainment-driven and successfully self-sufficient woman of the early 20th century.

Fiona Coffey a graduating senior at Portland State University, who has always had a passion for film. She hopes to go into film production as a career, and also hopes to continue talking about the topic of women in film. 

 

Writer's Statement

The topic of women in film is not often enough addressed. Throughout my time in college, I was lucky enough to take one class specifically about this topic, but I feel as though there is room to talk about so much more. This paper is about female comedians in silent film comedy of the early 1900s, and how the act of performing in comedy allowed these women to become a visible example of women defying gender and class norms. 

"Comediennes and Femininity in Silent Film Comedy"

by Fiona Coffey 

"Texas Guinan: Feminism through the Progressive Era"

by Lisa Tracy

Best Historical Research Essay
Second Place
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