Kinvara Area Visual Arts (KAVA) will present an online screening of the award winning documentary film, Seneca Falls (USA, 2010) on Friday evening, August 21st beginning at 7:30 p.m. Funded by a grant from Galway County Council, the event will feature an introductory talk and Q&A with the film’s director, Louise Vance, delivered via Zoom. Vance will also offer a free class, “The Art of the On-Camera Interview,” on Saturday August 22nd, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are required as space is limited. See KAVA’s Facebook page for details.
Seneca Falls follows the life-changing journey of nine teenage girls from the San Francisco Bay Area to the birthplace of women’s rights in America. There, on the very ground where the first public protests for gender equality took place, the teens stage their original play, joining tens of thousands gathered for a weeklong celebration of women. Part teenage road trip, part stunning history lesson, the film is, above all, an awakening of young hearts and minds.
“With documentary filmmaking, you look for stories of transformation and universal relevance,” Vance said. “With no script, you find the story as you go along. The journey of these young women discovering the courage and vision of the activists who came before them – and the lasting impact their activism has had on their lives – proved more powerful than I could have ever imagined.”
Filmmaker/instructor Louise Vance is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. Before moving to county Galway in 2017, she produced and directed television programs in the U.S. for more than two decades, including seven network documentaries for PBS, Turner Broadcasting, and CNN. She taught Documentary Filmmaking at Sonoma State University and now offers editorial consulting to writers and filmmakers. Her independent documentary Seneca Falls aired on public television stations across the U.S. and has been screened at film festivals, universities, and in community settings around the world.
“Filmmaking, like all art, is essentially a construction,” Vance added. “It still amazes me that we can shoot 24 or 30 images per second with sound, then play back these moments, bringing them to life again. It’s a great way to capture emotion and passion by preserving the felt experience of someone else’s truth.”