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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

FILMS BY FEMALE DIRECTORS SERIES - July 12 - August 16, 2007

Women in Film & Video New England (WIFV/NE) presents its outdoor summer screening series GARDEN SHORTS, a selection of short films by female directors held at the Somerville Growing Center. The first program, on Thursday July 12th will feature films by Patricia Rozema, Lana Z. Caplan, Jennifer Matotek, Carly Short, and C.C. Webster.

Canadian director Rozema's first feature length film, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, won the Prix de la Jeunesse at Director's Fortnight in Cannes in 1988. Her other long form projects include the 1999 Miramax film Mansfield Park. WIFV/NE will present her 2005 short Suspect. Multimedia artist Caplan's experimental films have screened in local galleries and her latest, Half Light, will be presented, with the filmmaker in attendance. Back by popular demand is Matotek, whose short film Cats & Pants was a crowd pleaser last year. The series will also introduce several promising young filmmakers. Carly Short, a recent graduate of Mass College Art, will do an audience Q&A after screening her documentary Come On Baby Remember, which explores the relationship between memory and imagery. C.C. Webster's short film Civil War is currently playing the festival circuit, with a stop at the Cambridge Film Festival in the U.K. also in July.

The August program, scheduled for Thursday, August 16th, will include films by acclaimed animator Karen Aqua, nationally recognized photographer Marnie Crawford Samuelson, Emerson College student Nicole Prowell, and writer and director Patricia Rozema.

Screenings are free, open to the public, and will begin just after dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. The July rain date is July 19th. Ben & Jerry's and Avanti Media ( have generously donated ice cream and projection equipment for the series. Continuing its benevolent sponsorship this year is the Growing Center, located at 22 Vinal Avenue, just outside of Union Square, in Somerville. For directions, call 617-666-2969 or visit

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