Big Screen, Little Screen,
Jews in British Cinema and Television
Roundtable discussion on Jewish women filmmakers, led by Dr Rachel Garfield with Dr Ruth Novaczek and Dr Jill Daniels. The participants will discuss making films that explore Jewish identity and history. The filmmakers will show clips and discuss the films as well as what perspectives might be pertinent or of particular interest to women in filmmaking.
In partnership with the Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
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The speaker, Dr Rachel Garfield
Dr Rachel Garfield is an artist who works in video. She also writes on contemporary and Modern art. She is Associate Professor in Fine Art at the University of Reading. Some of her recent exhibitions include Unsensed, group show at the Hatton Gallery Newcastle (2015), London Short Film Festival (2016), ICA London, Solo show Beaconsfield London (2012). Other exhibitions include I’m Watching Over You (Centre for Contemporary Art Santa Fe/ Arizona State University Museum, 2009). Her work has featured in Blackwells Companion to Contemporary Art since 1945, An ‘Other’ History: Feminist Art in Britain Since 1970’, Contemporary Art in the United Kingdom, ‘In the Hinterlands: Identity, Migration & Memory’, Cross-cultural Identities: Art, Migrants and the Metaphor of Waste. Rachel Garfield’s writings include ‘Playing with History: ‘Negotiating Subjectivity in Contemporary Lens Based Art’ in Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures, ‘From The Evacuees to Grandma’s House: Class and Jewish Identity on British Television’, in The Hidden Presence of Jews in British Film and Television, ‘Maximalism as a Cosmopolitan Strategy in the Art of Ruth Novaczek and Doug Fishbone’ in Jews on the Move, European Review of History, Vol. 23.
The roundtable participants:
Dr Ruth Novaczek
Dr Ruth Novaczek is a filmmaker who has exhibited her experimental, vernacular films and installations nationally and internationally since the 1990s. She works with écriture feminine, subjectivity and narrative, and uses found footage, live action, and personal documentation in mash-ups that challenge the ‘traditional’ avant-garde moving-image culture. She addresses cultural and sexual identities through music, writing, and cinema, all of which are embedded in her densely montaged films. She has been a visiting and guest lecturer and has taught film production, art history and cinema studies in the US, London and Berlin. She studied film and video at St. Martins School of Art, and has a PhD by practice from the University of Westminster where she is a Visiting Research Fellow. She is an advisor on the Transart Institute MFA/PhD program.
Dr Jill Daniels
Dr Jill Daniels is an internationally renowned filmmaker and scholar based in London. Over thirty years she has made numerous documentary films and won many international awards. Most recently she won the Jury Award for Best Experimental Film at Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA, in 2017, for her film, My Private Life II, which explores the effect on her Jewish family of her father's unacknowledged sexuality. She is currently working on a film project about the Jewish Marxist revolutionary, Rosa Luxemburg. She teaches Film at the University of East London.
Top, Dr Rachel Garfield
Middle, Dr Ruth Novaczek
Bottom, Dr Jill Daniels