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Sun 03/28/21 — Sun 04/04/21
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MOVING IMAGE | guest programmer: Britany Gunderson | FemFest Video Showcase


Cactus Club Moving Image Series welcomes guest programmer Britany Gunderson who has organized the third Femfest Video Showcase. This year the showcase will be available virtually for one week. The program features film and video work from Milwaukee artists that explore gender and identity through performance, history, and personal storytelling. 



RHYTHM AS A GIRL – Sara Sowell (11:35)

RHYTHM AS A GIRL is an experimental essay film that challenges notions of hierarchy between visual, bodily, and spiritual systems used by painters Hilma af Klint and Mark Rothko. af Klint’s notes guide us through the 20th century and the artist’s burgeoning understanding of perception and sensations.

*wednesday, march 03 – Cristina Ossers (0:43)

Pigs at Work – Cece Stocker (3:10)

“Pigs at Work” presents some of the issues women face working in a male-dominated field.

*thursday, january 21 – Cristina Ossers (1:22)

Orange you pissed? – Katie Bedolla (4:00)

A performance on how I have felt throughout the past four years within the U.S. administration. Now more than ever, we need to organize and unite with one another.

*thursday, february 02 – Cristina Ossers (0:57)

Amusia – Grace Mitchell (7:47)

If I could just sing along
then I wouldn’t have to know the words
I could just go along
every day’s the same
I wouldn’t think about how I feel so lame
without you in my life
with time just passing by
if I could sing along
then i wouldn’t have to cry
it sounds so simple
the words to a song
they make sense of the world
and where I’ve gone wrong

*wednesday, february 03 – Cristina Ossers (0:52)

American Tgirl – Ellen Suhr (15:00)

American Tgirl is a series of sketches interrogating of my transition—the ways I have found peace in my body, gender, and sexuality alongside the uphill battle of self destruction and recreation.

TRT: ​45:26

* = each from the series ​sundays are still sundays​ by Cristina Ossers The series is a direct response to the pandemic.


FemFest goes Digital with #PortraitsOfFemme

As the length of the Pandemic continues to extend, Riverwest FemFest opts to safely continue it’s unifying mission to empower communities through the celebration of art in the form of digital content. FemFest is a platform for femmes, trans, GNC, women, non-binary and BIPOC, honoring the reclamation of power for those who have been historically excluded from, or not had, creative spaces.

Through collaborative planning & execution with a diverse host of women/femme-identifying & nonbinary leaders in local arts scenes, FemFest will optimize its platform for Women’s History Month with “Portraits of Femme.”

The unique endeavor is set to take place throughout the month of March, with an array of events & creative sharing opportunities rooted in curated & community-based involvement.

other upcoming events:

  • March 25th, 6 PM CST | Ms. Lotus Fankh is hosting a panel discussion around the topic Impact & Importance of Women in Music. This event will stream live on Facebook from the Ms. Lotus Fankh and the FemFest pages. Join in to listen to members of Women in Music Chicago, Girls Rock MKE, founding members of FemFest, and other women centered organizations discuss the impact and importance of women in music.



  • Additional segments for the Portraits of Femme event will also include curated work by femme & non-binary visual artists to be featured in an exclusive issue of the monthly zine publication Moody. Starting February 18th, copies will be available for purchase HERE.

Sara Sowell

Sara Sowell is a film editor and multidisciplinary artist working within the intersections of moving image, painting, sculpture, and sound. Born in Houston, Texas, she studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a current MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Cinematic Arts. She is currently teaching introductory film courses and building kinetic light-sculptures.

Grace Mitchell

Grace Mitchell is a video artist and musician residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has received her BFA & MFA in Film, Video, Animation & New Genres at UW-Milwaukee. Her video work has screened both nationally & abroad at festivals such as FRACTO Berlin, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, and Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival.

Cristina Ossers

Cristina Ossers (they/them/theirs) work explores the themes of identity, social transitions, and representation through the language of technology. Because they often don’t see themselves represented in history, mass media, or their immediate environment, they wanted to find a way to create a form of representation for themself and their peers, and to document their personal growth for future generations to feel solidary in. They do this through my dynamic filming approach and media works.

They started spontaneously filming myself before videos could be uploaded to social media. Today, they’re proactive in documenting snapshots of the everyday—both routine and unfamiliar. The present, a global pandemic, on top of their young social transition from ‘she’ to ‘they’, is too complex to process right now. They’re going to come back to this collection of data later.

Cristina studied film for one semester at UW-Milwaukee, changed majors, and graduated with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology. In 2016 they launched DocMyArt, a lifelong, hybrid passion project that both documents and archives the art happenings in Milwaukee, WI. They’ve led a multimedia teen internship in partnership with Walker’s Point Center of the Arts and Artworks for Milwaukee, worked a variety of roles for 5 years at Var Gallery and Studios located in Walker’s Point, and collaborated with an array of creative talent on video projects throughout Milwaukee. Today they work at Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) as a Creative Content Manager.

Cece Stocker

Cece is filmmaker based in Milwaukee in her a third year of the film program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Her work focuses on experimentations with documentary and nonfiction forms, with the goal of sharing the stories of the people around her.  She is an officer of a student film organization and her work has been included in multiple screenings on campus.

Ellen Suhr

Ellen is an artist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who freelances as an interdisciplinary creative between different modes of audio / video / design / print / music

Katie Bedolla

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