Archiving women in film and television

Hooper, Sharon, Dossett, Kate and Denton, Georgina (2016) Archiving women in film and television. [Video]

Abstract

This output is a documentary film. It results from a collaboration between Hooper, documentary/artist filmmaker, and historians/archivists on Archiving Women in Film & Television. The documentary includes video interviews with archivists, historians and filmmakers, and it represents archive material from Feminist Archive North (FAN). Research Process: Drawing upon a larger project, ‘Feminist Archives, Feminist Futures’ (Dr Kate Dossett and Dr Gina Denton, University of Leeds), Archiving Women in Film & Television focused on collections of women in film and television held at FAN, including the papers of Leeds Animation Workshop and Vera Media (independent feminist filmmaking collectives based in Leeds), and the Women’s Film, Television and Video Network. Hooper directed, filmed and edited the documentary. In addition to interviews, other project footage gathered includes conference material, workshops at Leeds City Museum and at Glasgow Women’s Library as part of the Radical Film Network Conference. Public screenings and Q&As held as part of the project at Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, over the course of three years were documented. Research Insights: The film serves as a possible means to share academic research and inquiry into women’s filmmaking and television history with a broader audience. It is also a conscious recognition of the digital archive created as part of the process of the research project. This edited cut is a precursor to a pilot interactive documentary. Dissemination: The research was disseminated at the following: Presentation and workshop, Glasgow Women’s Library, Radical Film Network Unconference, April 2016. Paper & workshop, Women’s History Month, Leeds City Museum, March 2016. Presentation and workshop, i-Docs Symposium, UWE Bristol, March 2016. Feminist Filmmaking Screenings, Hyde Park Picture House, May 2015, May 2016 and May 2017.

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