Reboot Readings

Sunday, January 29th, 4-8pm

Lately, with the advent of #OscarsSoWhite and the ACLU investigation of discrimination against women in the film industry, the outcry for inclusive content have been louder than ever. A popular solution this year has been to reboot movies starring white men, and recast the protagonists as women and people of color. We want to interrogate the costs and benefits of this kind of content by staging mini-reboots of our own. People will sign up in advance to do readings of scenes from films that have nearly all-male and/or all-white casts. Parts are first-come, first-served, and anyone can sign up for any part; with the caveat that, when picking their character, a reader should be able to identify at least one major systemic privilege benefiting their character (i.e. male privilege, white privilege, straight privilege, able privilege…), that the reader herself has not experienced. During this workshop we will rehearse, perform, and discuss our scenes.

About Women In Film: Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise 50 percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education— provides scholarships, grants, and film finishing funds—and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.

Morgan Green is the Communications Coordinator at Women In Film and an interdisciplinary artist. She manages Women In Film’s social media presence, website, and newsletter. Her artistic practice includes poetic engagement with both video and text, and aims to to revive smothered nuances and disrupt essentialisms. Her work has been curated in group shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Malibu, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Chicago; as well as in online spaces and zines. She received her BA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and is currently pursuing an MFA part-time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.