Short Film Series “Her Story” Showcases Canadian Women Scientists and Local Filmmakers

Short Film Series “Her Story” Showcases Canadian Women Scientists and Local Filmmakers

Media Contact: Theresa Liao (see info below)

Her Story: Canadian Women Scientists,” a film series dedicated to sharing the stories of Canadian women scientists, will premiere on September 13th and 14th at the Annex theatre. Four pairs of local filmmakers and Canadian women scientists collaborated to create 5-6 minute videos; for each film in the series, a scientist tells her own story, interwoven with the story of an inspiring Canadian women scientist who came before her in her field of study.

Produced by Vancouver-based non-profit organization Curiosity Collider, this project was developed to address the lack of storytelling videos showcasing remarkable women scientists and their work available via popular online platforms. “Her Story reveals the lives of women working in science,” said Larissa Blokhuis, curator for Her Story. “This project acts as a beacon to girls and women who want to see themselves in the scientific community. The intergenerational nature of the project highlights the fact that women have always worked in and contributed to science.”

This sentiment was reflected by Samantha Baglot as well, a PhD student in neuroscience who collaborated with filmmaker/ science cartoonist Armin Mortazavi in Her Story. “It is empowering to share stories of previous Canadian female scientists… it is empowering for myself as a current female scientist to learn about other stories of success, and gain perspective of how these women fought through various hardships and inequality.“

When asked why seeing better representation of women in scientific work is important, artist/filmmaker Michael Markowsky shared his thoughts. ”It’s important for women — and their male allies — to question and push back against these perceived social norms, and to occupy space which rightfully belongs to them.” In fact, his wife just gave birth to their first child, a daughter; “It’s personally very important to me that she has strong female role models to look up to.” His film will feature collaborating scientist Jade Shiller, and Kathleen Conlan – who was named one of Canada’s greatest explorers by Canadian Geographic in 2015.

Other participating filmmakers and collaborating scientists include: Leslie Kennah (Filmmaker), Kimberly Girling (scientist, Research and Policy Director at Evidence for Democracy), Lucas Kavanagh and Jesse Lupini (Filmmakers, Avocado Video), and Jessica Pilarczyk (SFU Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences).

Screening events will be hosted at Annex (823 Seymour St, Vancouver) on September 13th and 14th. Events will also include a talkback with filmmakers and collab scientists on the 13th, and a panel discussion on representations of women in science and culture on the 14th. Visit http://bit.ly/HerStoryTickets2019 for tickets and http://bit.ly/HerStoryWomenScientists for project information. This film series is supported by Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) and Eng.Cite. The venue for the events is provided by Vancouver Civic Theatres.
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About Curiosity Collider Art-Science Foundation

Curiosity Collider Art-Science Foundation is a Vancouver based non-profit organization that is committed to providing opportunities for artists whose work expresses scientific concepts and scientists who collaborate with artists. We challenge the perception and experience of science in our culture, break down the walls between art and science, and engage our growing community to bringing life to the concepts that describe our world.

Website: https://curiositycollider.org
Twitter: @ccollider
Facebook:@curiositycollider
Instagram: @curiositycollider

Available for Interviews

Filmmakers

  • Michael Markowsky (604 788 5433; studio@michaelmarkowsky.com).
  • Lucas Kavanagh (lucas@avocadovideo.com) and Jesse Lupini (jesse@avocadovideo.com) of Avocado Video. Available September 9th to 13th.

Scientists

  • Jessica Pilarczyk, SFU Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences (jessica_pilarczyk@sfu.ca).
  • Samantha Baglot, PhD Student (Neuroscience, University of Calgary) (s.baglot@gmail.com).
  • Jade Shiller, UBC Oceanographer (shillerj@gmail.com), available after August 29.

Related Links

Download Media Package

http://bit.ly/HS2019MediaPackage

Media Contact

Theresa Liao
Director of Community Relations
Curiosity Collider Art-Science Foundation
604-377-3874; theresa@curiositycollider.org