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Filmmaker Irene Lusztig to share film and process with Bethel students, community

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Oct. 18, 2016


Filmmaker Irene Lusztig to share film and process with Bethel students, community

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The community is invited to attend filmmaker Irene Lusztig’s screening of her film, The Motherhood Archives, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Mantz Library Projection Room on the Bethel College campus.

Described as a meditation on the medicalization and institutionalization of birth and motherhood in America, The Motherhood Archives tells the story through medical films and maternal ephemera made throughout the twentieth century and now buried in archives and sold on eBay.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, Lusztig, associate professor of film and digital media, University of California-Santa Cruz, will visit with Bethel Introduction to Design students about her new film-in-process, Yours in Sisterhood. Her current travels around the country to film the performative, participatory documentary project based on letters to Ms. magazine, 1972-1980, includes stops in Wichita, Lawrence and Kansas City.

According to Lusztig’s website: These letters were written by women, men, and children of all ages, from all over the country (and beyond!) and from across the spectrum of sexual orientation, religious, racial and ethnic background, physical ability, and political viewpoint.

“I find Irene’s archival process - mining historical evidence to create visual work - just fascinating and am so pleased that it works into her filmmaking schedule to visit our campus and share her work with students and interested community members,” said Rachel Epp Buller, associate professor of visual art and design.

Lusztig is an internationally-exhibited, award-winning filmmaker, media archeologist, and visual artist. While her creative work extends across a range of moving image forms (long form cinema essay, web-based interactive projects, and–most recently–video for gallery and museum exhibition), in all of her work she maintains a strong connection to feminist historiography and archival practices, an investment in rigorous and sustained interdisciplinary research into her subject of inquiry, and a conviction that filmmaking itself can constitute a profound act of reframing, recuperating, and reanimating forgotten or neglected histories.

Epp Buller and Lusztig are currently working on a publication together, along with artist Christa Donner.

Born in England to Romanian parents, Irene grew up in Boston and has lived in France, Italy, Romania, China, and Russia. She received her BA in filmmaking and Chinese studies from Harvard and completed her MFA in film and video at Bard College. Her debut feature film, "Reconstruction" (2001) was recognized with a Boston Society of Film Critics Discovery award and won best documentary at the New England Film Festival. Her work has been screened around the world, including at MoMA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, IDFA Amsterdam, and on television in the US, Europe, and Taiwan. She is the recent recipient of a 2016 Rydell Fellowship for Visual Arts and a 2016–17 Fulbright Fellowship.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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