A look at women’s roles in the history of the moving image—as subject, object, maker, viewer, consumer, and critic. What influence has feminism had on how we make and watch moving images today? We’ll study typically female roles within the film industry and notable women who occupied them, as well women who broke barriers to penetrate traditionally male realms. We’ll look at women directors, cinematographers, editors, video artists and experimental filmmakers such as Dorothy Arzner, Maya Deren, Agnes Varda, Martha Rosler, Alanis Obomsawin, Adrian Piper, Hito Steryerl, Trinh T. Min-ha, Chick Strand, Shirley Clarke, Chantal Akerman, Dee Rees and many others who have made major contributions in moving image arts. The class will consist of readings, screenings and discussion. Students will write several short response papers and give presentations.