Body Parts (in progress) Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Produced by Helen Hood Scheer
“Body Parts” explores the female body in Hollywood media — hyper-sexualized, under attack, exploited on- and off- screen — and what this means for women in the real world. From Edison’s first kiss in the 1800s to the rise of graphic content in cable TV, the film asks: when scenes are about sex, to whom are they sexy and by what standards? How can the female and queer gaze redefine desire and sexuality?
· Sundance Documentary Grantee
· Fork Films Grantee
· California Humanities California Documentary Project Grantee
Aguilas del Desierto (in progress)
Aguilas del Desierto follows the all-volunteer organization, the Aguilas, whose mission is to Search and Recover the remains of undocumented immigrants in the vast desert between the United States and Mexico.
The End of Weed (2018)
Set amidst the rugged mountains of Northern California, The End of Weed, is a short homage to a passing California way of life, that of the independent dope grower. Fires, heavy rains, and endless physical toil fill the days of the small batch grower over the agrarian year in which filmmaker and farmer document his crop.
This is a film about marijuana as a once-powerful engine of iconoclastic, land-based homesteading in an era in which it is increasingly a slickly-marketed, corporate investment opportunity with a panoply of carnival-barker marketing claims. As such it is as much a meditation on the beauty of life in the mountains, in the garden, and on the edges of society and economy. A view from the garden rather than a detached story about it.
• Premiered at SF Doc Fest
• Hot Springs Documentary Festival, Mendocino Film Festival, and the Santa Cruz Film Festival selection
Embracing the innovative technology of the Go-Pro camera, this personal video diary takes us on a corporeal journey in parenting via a small HD camera mounted on the filmmaker and her toddler over a year and a half period. Early mobility, language acquisition and increasing child independence provide an intimate perspective of the mother–child relationship, intentionally blurring where the mother ends and the child begins.
• Selection of the national, 12-city, microcinema tour, “Mothering Every Day” (March – Sept 2018)
What Happened to Her (2016)
WHAT HAPPENED TO HER is a forensic exploration of our cultural obsession with images of the dead woman on screen. Interspersing found footage from police procedural films and television shows and one actor’s experience of playing the part of a corpse, the film offers a meditative critique on the trope of the dead female body.
The visual narrative of the genre, one reinforced through its intense and pervasive repetition, is revealed as a highly structured pageant. Concurrently, the experience of physical invasion and exploitation voiced by the actor pierce the fabric of the screened fantasy. The result is recurring and magnetic film cliche laid bare.
· Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2016 World Premiere, Honorable Mention Best Short Documentary
· New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Traverse City Film Festival selections
· Grand Jury Prize at Dallas International Film Festival
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN!looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.
WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
From Tweety Bird to Bow Wow, double dutch to chat rooms, Daddy's girls to first deceptions, watch as Ariana, Isha, Rosie, and Esme let go of childhood and fumble — or sprint — toward an uncertain future. This is puberty and for each of these girls of color, it’s a whirlwind of change and new choices. Without flinching, GOING ON 13 enters their world as they negotiate the precious, precarious moments between being a little girl and becoming a young woman.
EL CORRIDO DE CECILIA RIOS is an inspiring documentary about the life and death of one teenage girl. When the life of Cecilia Rios is tragically cut short by her brutal murder, a group of teens comes together to commemorate her life and speak out about the violence that intersects their lives. Using the traditional structure of the Mexican ballad and featuring the music of the acclaimed folkloric group, Los Cenzontles, EL CORRIDO DE CECILIA RIOS offers a unique entry into the lives of Latino youth and an empowering narrative about community healing.
· Sundance International Film Festival, Mill Valley International Film Festival and Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards
· Golden Spire award-winner at the San Francisco International Film Festival
· Broadcast nationally on the Sundance channel, 1999-2000
Love and Strife (1999-2006)
The Love And Strife collection positions a blow up doll within the four primordial elements of the universe: air, water, earth and fire. Her apparent destruction by these indestructible elements offers a cathartic release of the image of woman cast into the grotesque plastic mold of a life-sized doll.
· Shown at the Getty and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
· Screened at festivals including, the Los Angeles Freewaves Experimental Media Arts, Ann Arbor and Women in the Director's Chair