Feb 29, 2012: Director Leitman on Loyola WOMEN & FILM panel

Loyola University Chicago’s (LUC) International Film & Media Studies program is sponsoring a panel on Women and Documentary Film, Wed. Feb. 29th, 7-9 PM, Information Commons, 4th floor.

Documentary filmmakers Ruth Leitman, Danielle Beverly, Bren Murphy and Elizabeth Coffman will discuss the challenges and rewards of independent documentary filmmaking.

Ruth Leitman’s films “Alma” , “Lipstick & Dynamite”, “Wildwood, NJ” have screened at the Whitney Biennial and won multiple awards.¬† Her latest, “Tony & Janina’s American Wedding” is about the immigration crisis in this country and has already been instrumental in political advocacy efforts to change how immigrant families are legally separated from each other.¬† Read about Ruth here:¬†http://ruthlessfilms.com/about/

Danielle Beverly, currently teaching at Marquette, was just at Sundance last year for a documentary that she served as field producer on–Project Rebirth.¬† Her documentary feature, “Learning to Swallow” premiered at Silverdocs.¬† Danielle is currently finishing a social issue documentary on a community in Georgia.

Bren Murphy’s first documentary, “A Question of Habit,” co-produced with Loyola’s Gannon Center, is about the history of women religious in popular culture.¬† The film screened at the New York Film festival and just aired on WTTW in Chicago.¬† Bren, an LUC faculty member, has also produced radio documentaries.

Elizabeth Coffman will moderate the discussion.¬† Her latest documentary, “Veins in the Gulf,” an environmental look at Louisiana’s disappearing coastline, is currently screening around the country.

For more info, contact:

Elizabeth Coffman, Director
International Film & Media Studies
Environmental Curriculum Developer
Loyola University Chicago
800 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 915-6716

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