November 8, 2018, 7:00 PM

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Alumni Screening Series and Netflix invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

Directed and Produced by Johanna Demetrakas


Followed by a Q&A with Johanna Demetrakas, Lisa Remington, Kate Amend, Bret Cornish, and Abby Potts

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
900 W. 34th Street, SCA 108
Los Angeles, California 90007



About Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

In the late 1970s, Cynthia MacAdams was roaming the streets of Los Angeles and New York, photographing women. She did it, she said, because something new was happening in women and she wanted to see if it would show up in photographs. Indeed, her landmark book Emergence, published in 1977, shows something more complex than political fervor, more basic than sexual identity. It captures the freedom for these women to be completely who they are.

During this complex moment in our nation’s history, after a recent shocking and misogynistic presidential campaign, Feminists – What Were They Thinking? revisits those photos, those women and those times – and takes aim at a culture that shows all too vividly the urgent need for continued change. Featuring new interviews with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Laurie Anderson, Judy Chicago, Michelle Phillips, Meredith Monk, Sally Kirkland and others, the film captures that “aha moment” when each person shed the cultural restrictions of her childhood and awoke to her full humanity. Lily Tomlin speaks of the day she felt the “embryonic kicking of feminism.” Jane Fonda reveals having to “stuff anger” and “be a good girl,” only to reclaim the feisty girl she once was.
More than a look back at the past, Feminists – What Were They Thinking? catapults the conversation into the present by contrasting the women’s personal stories with a sweeping range of historical and contemporary footage. News clips, beauty commercials, Internet memes, movies, TV shows and YouTube videos play off the women’s stories to create a fresh dialogue with current culture. No subject is off-limits, including the women’s movement itself, which is examined through the lens of intersectionality. In this way Feminists – What Were They Thinking? departs from traditional linear storytelling and becomes an immersive, organic experience that pushes, provokes and prods.
What does it take to truly change? Is our culture finally ready to accept the full humanity of women? Feminists – What Were They Thinking? ignites the dialogue past, present and into the future through the powerful medium of film.

Presented courtesy of Netflix. Runtime: 76 minutes. Not rated.

Official Website: www.fwwtt.com
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About the Guests

JOHANNA DEMETRAKAS (Director, Producer, SCA Faculty)
Visionary filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas’ first documentary, Womanhouse, about a ground-breaking feminist art installation, won a spot in the Whitney Museum's New American Filmmaker Series, played at the Venice Biennale and was later acquired by the Pompidou Centre in Paris.  Her second effort, Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago's Dinner Party, was met with international acclaim at the London and Berlin Film Festivals. Her recent film Crazy Wisdom was nominated for a Jury award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Demetrakas is also an Emmy nominated editor of over two dozen films including: Busrider's Union, which she co-directed with legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and the Emmy winning Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, winner of both the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at Sundance. She is on the faculty of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Lisa Remington loves the collaborative nature of documentary filmmaking and revels in the rewarding challenges of every project. She’s produced almost two dozen documentaries including: Nathaniel Kahn's The Price of Everything, Grand Jury Prize nominee at Sundance, recently picked up by Dogwoof and HBO, Rory Kennedy’s touching portrait of her mother, Ethel, also for HBO, Davis Guggenheim’s short for the Obama campaign, The Road We’ve Traveled, and Jessica Yu’s Sundance celebrated short ForEveryone.net for the Ford Foundation. Remington co-produced Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Cesar’s Last Fast; Participant Media’s Countdown to Zero, directed by Lucy Walker; and collaborated with Robert Greenwald on Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers and the Freedom Files, a 9-part series for PBS.

KATE AMEND (Editor, SCA Faculty)
Gifted storyteller, Kate Amend edited two Academy Award–winning documentaries, Into the Arms of Strangers and The Long Way Home. She’s also the recipient of the International Documentary Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing, the ACE Eddie Award, and an Emmy nomination for her recent film, The Case Against 8. Amend broke into the documentaries as an apprentice editor on Johanna Demetrakas’ Right Out of History. Since then she’s brought her unique creative sense to dozens of films including: Sound of Redemption, First Position, Jimmy Carter Man from Plains, and the Netflix Series The Keepers. Amend represents the Documentary Branch on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  She is on the faculty of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is an advisor at the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Labs.

BRET CORNISH (Associate Editor, Alum)
With a strong background in documentary and fiction, Bret Cornish is a filmmaker with skills ranging from editing to directing to animation and visual effects. A recent MFA graduate from the USC school of Cinematic arts, he worked as an assistant editor on a number of documentary features including: Telescope, directed by Nathaniel Kahn, and James Turrell: You Who Look, directed by Jessica Yu. Cornish was the recipient of the Best Editor Award from the First Look Film Festival for the documentary short Carry Me Home. He also edited Paper Lotus, an official selection at the Palm Springs International Shortfest and 30-Love, winner of the best Canadian short at the Montreal World Film Festival.

ABBY POTTS (Rerecording Mixer, Alum)
Abby Potts is a freelance sound designer, supervising sound editor, and re-recording mixer. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film and Television Production. While at USC, she was honored to be twice nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editor's Verna Fields Award in Sound Editing for her work as Supervising Sound Editor on the thesis film Fragments (2012) and as Foley editor on Exedia Nation (2012).

Abby has served as the supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer on multiple feature films, both scripted narrative and documentary, and has also worked on many shorts, commercial projects, and various TV shows. Some of her credits include You See Me (2015), Born This Way (2016-2018),  End of Fall (2017), and Citizen Rose (2018). She enjoys working in all movie and television genres, but especially loves telling stories with socially relevant themes.

About the Alumni Screening Series

The USC School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by alumni and faculty throughout 2018. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening.

Check-in & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring either a printed or digital confirmation of your reservation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. 

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. and the RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Limited handicap seating is available. For guests who require special accommodations, please contact Matthew Meier at mmeier@cinema.usc.edu with the subject line: "Accommodations Request – FEMINISTS WWTT."


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the McClintock Avenue Entrance (formerly Gate #5) or Royal Street Entrance (formerly Gate #4) on W. Jefferson Blvd. We recommend parking in the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD), at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd, with limited non-metered spaces also available north of Jefferson and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Especially if you plan to utilize street parking, we HIGHLY recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the screening, as parking can be difficult to find and it may take time to walk to the theater from your parking space.

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Contact Information

Name: Matthew Meier
Email: mmeier@cinema.usc.edu