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Mills College Welcomes Debra Chasnoff, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker

Oakland, CA–February 05, 2014 Debra Chasnoff, an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and activist whose films have helped advance many social justice issues, will be in residence as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Mills College from February 10–14, 2014.

A champion of film as an organizing tool for social justice, Chasnoff is recognized as a pioneer in the international movement to create safe schools and communities. Her highly acclaimed documentaries are hailed by educators and advocates as an effective tool to help open up dialogue and activism related to many of the most challenging issues affecting young people’s lives and school environments.

On Wednesday, February 12, Chasnoff will present a screening of Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up at 4:00 pm. With a fearless look at a highly charged subject, Straightlaced unearths how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens.

Chasnoff’s other films include, Choosing Children and Deadly Deception—General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment, for which she won an Academy Award.

Her nonprofit production company, GroundSpark, developed the Respect for All Project, through which she has produced and directed many documentaries designed to help address homophobia and other bias issues in young people’s lives, including Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up, It’s Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School, It’s STILL Elementary, Let's Get Real, and That’s a Family! These films are used widely in educational settings throughout the nation and world.

Following the full screening of Straightlaced, Chasnoff will lead the audience in a series of activities and dialogue focused on understanding and challenging narrow gender role expectations and homophobia.

Film Screening
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
3:30 pm, reception
4:00 pm–6:00 pm, film screening and dialogue
Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business
Mills College

This event is free and open to the public.


Last Updated: 2/6/14