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Texas Tech University and Alamo Drafthouse Launch Fall 2017 Sexism|Cinema Series

Dana Weiser

August 30, 2017

The series features several films analyzed for how sexism is embedded, endorsed or challenged in films.

The Texas Tech University Women's and Gender Studies Program, International Film Series, Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE) office, Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema are hosting the sixth semester of Sexism|Cinema Series.

Four films will be screened at the Alamo Drafthouse throughout the semester. Following each film, a discussion will be led by faculty members from Texas Tech or expert guest speakers. All of the films feature women protagonists.

The series asks attendees to consider how sexism is embedded, endorsed and/or challenged in the cinema.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 6) with "Thelma & Louise.” A discussion led by Becky Aikman, author of "Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge,” follows the film. In the book, Aikman draws on 130 exclusive interviews with the actors, writers and filmmakers to tell the story of how the film was made despite the pervasive sexist culture of Hollywood.

A book signing will follow the film and discussion. Aikman also will be signing books from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Student Union Building.

The other films selected for this series include:

  • "It Follows” – 7 p.m. Oct. 4 – Speaker: Allison Whitney – associate professor in the Department of English
  • "The Fits” – 7 p.m. Nov. 8 – Speaker: Genevieve Durham DeCesaro – vice provost for academic affairs in the Office of the Provost
  • "Saving Face” – 7 p.m. Dec. 6 – Speaker: Aliza Wong – associate professor in the Department of History and associate dean of the Honors College.

All of the viewings will be at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Alamo Drafthouse. Tickets are $3.

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