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March 29 Reel Women Film Series features films by Stillwell and Lain

February 27, 2012

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Films by MSU film professor Cindy Stillwell and MSU graduate Kate Lain will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in room 182 VCB, as part of the MSU Reel Women's Film Festival. The film is free and open to the public. A discussion led by Stillwell will follow.

"Git Along, Little Dogies," by Lain, is a nine-minute amusing personal meditation. A woman confronts the fact that she's always been defined by her breasts rather than by her actions and accomplishments. Employing a "mockumentary" style, the film explores the gap between the promise of gender freedom and the reality of gender constraint in a world in which one size does not fit all.

"Mating For Life" is part first-person essay, part nature film. Stillwell features the yearly migration of a half million Sandhill cranes to the Platte River in central Nebraska. The film positions the journey of the cranes alongside the human search for meaning as we move into "the second half," meditating on turning 40, the lessons learned and our human ability to mate for life. The film is shot in HD, 16mm, and super 8.