“Half the History” Short Film Series at Tufts

Directed by Jennifer Burton
March 29, 2018 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Tufts campus Alumnae Lounge Aidekman Arts Complex

The HALF THE HISTORY project is a series of short films exploring the under-told stories of women in American history.  The series is produced by Jennifer Burton with Five Sisters Productions in conjunction with advanced film students at Tufts University.  The introductory Tell Her Story, highlights the richness and diversity of stories yet to be explored.  Belinda’s Petition is an experimental short exploration of Belinda Sutton’s successful petition for a pension to the Massachusetts Legislature in 1783, filmed in the actual house where Sutton was enslaved.  Margaret Lothrop and the Wayside, created in cooperation with the Minute Man National Park, tells the story of Lothrop's commitment to historical preservation of the Wayside (the former home of Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and best-selling children’s book author, Harriet Lothrop and their families).  A companion stop-action animation The Wayside Families details the organic growth of a living space over time.  Abstract Expressionists is a tryptic on the painterly visions of Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and Elaine deKooning.  This spring’s film Shirley Chisholm explores a model of moral leadership.  Next year's planned Amy Beach will dive into the subject of how social pressures inhibit the full development of artistic talent.  By highlighting these diverse stories, HALF THE HISTORY joins the conversation of current feminist efforts to enrich our understanding of our American past and present, and to open up new possibilities for our future.