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Film Studies American Dream of Owning a Home

Part of SMCM Feminist Filmmaker Series
January 31, 2012
Press Release #12-015

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(St. Mary’s City, MD) January 31, 2012—Social anthropologist and filmmaker Jenny Cool will screen her film, “Home Economics,” and then take questions at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Cole Cinema in the college’s Campus Center as part of the college’s 2012 film series, Out of Bounds: Feminist Films and Filmmakers.

 “Home Economics” (1994) takes an anthropological look at the American dream of homeownership in the suburban “edge city” of Antelope Valley, 55 miles outside of Los Angeles. Cool helped launch Wired magazine online and Craig’s List. She was a senior producer at Netscape, and director of new media for Disney/ABC Cable Networks. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California, where she teaches video production.

The final film in the series will be “Faces of Change, scheduled for Feb. 20. Each filmmaker in this year’s series has distributed her film through the feminist film collective New Day Films, which just marked its 40th anniversary. Formed in 1971 by a small group of independent filmmakers who could find no companies willing to distribute their feminist films, New Day was one of the first media collectives to self-distribute its work.

 For more information about the 2011-2012 theater season and annual film series, visit the Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies’ website, www.smcm.edu/tfms.