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REEL SUCCESS STORIES: The films and art of Lynn Hershman Leeson

  • 12 Nov 2008
  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking

Lynn Hershman Leeson has always been at the cutting edge. She is an amazing artist who works in many media, including films, photography and installations. She has produced over fifty major video works and has been a pioneer in combining traditional film, new special effects and digital technologies. Some of her feature films are: CONCEIVING ADA, TEKNOLUST, and STRANGE CULTURE, starring academy award winning actress Tilda Swinton. Lynn's films have won dozens of awards at major festivals in the USA and Europe. She has also had over 200 art exhibitions in major museums and galleries throughout the world, and her artwork is included in such collections as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Seattle Art Museum, The D.G. Bank, Frankfurt, The Hess Collection, and the Walker Art Center.

Her current project is a major work about the history of feminist art and the long struggle that women have had to endure to show their art and be recognized in the art world. We will be treated to sequences from this new film, and clips from some of Lynn's other films, and hear about her creative process and the driving forces that propel her work.

In addition to her film work, Lynn has always simultaneously put a big part of her creative energy into the art world. In November she is having three shows in the Bay Area: "The Art of Participation," which opens at SF MOMA on Nov. 6, a show at the Paule Anglim Gallery in SF, which also opens Nov. 6, and a show at the Hess Collection, in Napa, which goes through November."

Her breakthrough work often uses overlapping genres that explore questions of identity, presence, and the human body in relation to technology. Four interviews Lynn created, were partially shot in the virtual world of Second Life, intentionally subverting the distinction between real and simulated life, and explore interwoven themes of revolution, empowerment, technology and the remix. They examine how new and mass media mechanisms have generated change and how cultural and technological infrastructures have shaped the ability of individuals to have social and political impact. More about this project at: Tate Gallery

Don't miss this rare and very special opportunity to engage with one of the most innovative and talented women filmmakers working today.

DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2008


7:00 p.m. Networking and light refreshments
7:20 - 9:00 p.m. Panel
9:00 - 9:30 Networking


The San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking , 2565 Third St., Suite #337, between 22nd & 23rd Streets, San Francisco, CA. Street parking is usually available.

ADMISSION: FREE for Current Members, $5 general, $3 students with ID

Please refer to the information on location and directions to the School provided on our website. There are two campus locations for SF School of Digital Filmmaking if you look on their website. We provide the correct location for this event at

NOTE: **** Reminder: Unlike our special events, this month's meeting is for women only. **** .


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