2012 Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival

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Winning Documentary Films:

Little House in the Big House,Tiffany Rhynard, Director won first place in the 5thAnnual Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival’s New and Emerging Filmmakers Competition.

Little House in the Big House takes you inside the gates of the Vermont state women’s prison where 45 women build a single family home from start to finish. Under the instruction of the tradeswomen’s group Vermont Works for Women, these women find the tools necessary to build a house and construct a sustainable future.

Meet four women who tell their own stories inside prison and outside after their release. Witness the significant triumphs and the harsh complications of trying to make lasting changes.

Vermont artists and sisters Kim Brittenham and Tiffany Rhynard produced the film under their production company, Sisters Unite. Vermont songwriters and performers Anais Mitchell and Steph Pappas contribute to the soundtrack in addition to musicians Cara Hagan and Karma Mayet Johnson.

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Good Hair, Camille S. DeBose, Director, won second place in the Documentary category of the 5thAnnual Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival’s New and Emerging Filmmakers Competition for Good Hair.

The film focuses on cultural language and practices that negatively impact the development of a healthy sense of self. The filmmaker's commentary asserts a criticism of the way wavy hair, lighter skin and a slender nose are still considered more attractive in the black community in light of historical and contemporary movements which have sought to liberate black self-esteem. As a practicing and teaching sociologist the filmmaker sought to illuminate the notion of symbolic violence through the lens of Pierre Bourdieu and spark conversation not just in the black community but all other communities as well. Cultural practices which value some features but not others are issues common to every family and every community. For the filmmaker this is an issue of valuing and finding beauty in every human being.

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Effects of Genetically Modified Food, Alexandra Miller, Director, won first place in the Student/Amateur category of the 5thAnnual Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival’s New and Emerging Filmmakers Competition.
Fictional Film Winner:

Valentina, Gaia Bonsignore, Director, won first place in the Fictional(narrative) category of the 5thAnnual Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival’s New and Emerging Filmmakers Competition.