This Thursday, the Art Theater will be screening the 8th Annual Feminist Film Festival, sponsored by Women's Resource Center. The festival features several 5-15 minute short films created by University of Illinois students, and aims to raise awareness of social issues through the work of underrepresented artists and filmmakers. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the films begin at 7:00. Admission is free, which is pretty awesome, and seating is first come first served. So you may want to get there early. Here's the list of participating films:

Olguiemar Freyre // Directed by Elizabeth Ortiz
Zhuang // Directed by Duo (Mani) Xu
Therapy // Directed by Avalon Ruby
W_a_ i_ I _old you a __ory? // Directed by Liza Sylvestre
Devotion // Directed by Jessie Seitz
Fast Rodney, Who Was On His Way Out // Directed by R.R. Berry
Revolution Study 1: Towards Utopia // Directed by Charli Brissey
Prisoner, A KingHinna Visual Poem // Directed by Hinna Raja
Pride & Prejudice // Directed by Sue Kay Lee
Greene--Are You Ashamed of Me? // Directed by Keenan Daily
Anthadi // Directed by Earthling Koushalya
GRoW BEYoND // Directed by Lyndsey Scott
LM7805 // Directed by Lan Li

**Note: the recommended age is 18+ as some of the films will contain strong language and sensitive content. The full press release is below:

8TH ANNUAL FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL
Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 7pm
The Art Theater (126 West Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820)
Free film festival—No tickets necessary. First come, first served.

CHAMPAIGN, IL — The Annual Feminist Film Festival at the University of Illinois is a student film festival and a grassroots event that utilizes art and alternative media to bring social issues into the fore. The goal of the festival is to showcase independent film spanning documentary, narrative, and experimental genres in order to explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture. Now in its 8th year, the festival strives to serve as an inclusive public space for underrepresented artists and filmmakers-particularly women and people of color-to raise consciousness concerning issues related to gender, race, class, sexuality, and other dimensions of social inequality. All films are between 5 and 15 minutes in length. Doors open at 7:15pm. A red carpet walk will begin at 7pm outdoors. Come get your picture taken in your finest on the red carpet!
The University of Illinois Feminist Film Festival is organized and hosted by the University of Illinois Women's Resources Center, in collaboration with variety of campus units and departments with support from the Art Theater Co-Op and Shatterglass Studios.
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Awards will be given in the following categories:
BEST NARRATIVE FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
FIERCELY FEMINIST ACHIEVEMENT
CINEMATOGRAPHIC ACHIEVEMENT
AUDIENCE IMPACT AWARD

Red carpet walk and doors open: 6:45pm!
Screening begins promptly at 7pm at the Art Theater
Q & A with filmmakers to follow the screening.

Free and open to the public. No tickets required. First come, first served.