Media Arts Program

Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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Cultivate Cinema Circle and Hallwalls present

Women Direct: Anna Rose Holmer's The Fits

Tickets available online now.

Introduction by Buffalo International Film Festival director Tilke Hill

Women Direct: First Films By Modern Visionary Filmmakers

According to the Motion Picture Association of America's most recent reports, women account for 52% of moviegoers, though the San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film reported that of the top 100 grossing films of 2016, women represented: 4% of directors, 11% of writers, 3% of cinematographers, 19% of producers, and 14% of editors. Obviously, the movie industry has a gender disparity problem.

In an attempt to help right this unfathomable wrong, over the past two years we'vehosted over 60 screenings at various venues around Buffalo, all the while continuously highlighting the immensely important, formally inventive work of female filmmakers, including organizing a five film retrospective of work by Agnès Varda (who just recently received an honorary Oscar), hosting Jessica Oreck at Squeaky Wheel, screening Oscar shortlisted films by Nanfu Wang and Bonni Cohen, and showing important new work by Kirsten Johnson, Petra Costa, and Jenni Olson.

With the coming year, we've decided to go further with Women Direct: First Films By Modern Visionary Filmmakers, a year long series celebrating the first films of modern masters like Kelly Reichardt, Lucrecia Martel, Sofia Coppola, and Julie Dash, as well as important new voices in cinema such as Dee Rees, Desiree Akhavan, and Anna Rose Holmer, each of whom emerged with fully formed, wholly unique perspectives from the start of their careers and have helped shape the world of cinema as we know it today. The series will be graciously hosted by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and will run from January through November, with special introductions by Buffalo's most notable women cinephiles and film scholars.

Synopsis courtesy of New Directors/New Films:
The transition from girlhood to adolescence is one that's nearly invisible in cinema. Enter Anna Rose Holmer, whose complex and absorbing narrative feature debut elegantly depicts a captivating young woman's journey of discovery. Toni (played by Royalty Hightower) is an 11-year-old budding boxer drawn to a group of dancers training at the same rec center in Cincinnati. She begins aligning herself with one of the two troupes, the Lionesses, becoming immersed in their world, which Holmer conveys with a hypnotic sense of rhythm and a rare gift for rendering physicality—evident most of all when a mysterious, convulsive condition begins to afflict a number of girls. Set entirely within the intimate confines of a few familiar settings (public school, the gym), and pulsating with bodies in motion, The Fits encourages us to recall the confused magic of entering the second decade of life.

"First-time writer-director Anna Rose Holmer crafts a meticulous mood of psychological isolation and beguiling mystery through her metaphorical tale, which exhibits less interest in traditional dramatic conventions than in situating viewers in its protagonist's particular headspace…this immensely promising debut suggests a bright future for its maker."
— Nick Schager, Variety

Anna Rose Holmer Filmography:

The Fits [2016] trailer HERE.