about the show:
PARADIGM SHIFT: NYC'S FEMINIST COMMUNITY PRESENTS
"IT WAS RAPE" A Screening and Discussion with JENNIFER BAUMGARDNER, Filmmaker & Activist and a panel of women featured in the film
Rape is wrong, illegal, reprehensibleand yet still tragically common. In this film, eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with peoplenot just absorb faceless statisticsand to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive. Ultimately, these stories shed light on how this epidemic affects us all.
"If [It Was Rape] starts a conversation, it won't be a quiet one, which is just what Ms. Baumgardner wants." Susan Dominus, New York Times
"It Was Rape" will change the way you think about this most terribleand most everydayof crimes. It's heartrending, brave, and important."Katha Pollitt, "Subject to Debate" columnist, The Nation
It Was Rape began screening in December of 2012. This spring it will be part of film festivals, Take Back the Night events and anti-violence programming in Alabama, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Louisiana, Ohio, New York, and Arizona.
about the artists:
Jennifer Baumgardner, Filmmaker & Activist After five years as an editor at the feminist magazine, Ms., Fargo-native Jennifer Baumgardner began writing investigative pieces for Harper's and The Nation, commentaries for NPR's All Things Considered, and contributing to magazines such as Real Simple, Glamour, Redbook, Babble, Harper's Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle.
Jennifer is the author of five books: Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics, Abortion and Life, F 'em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls, as well as the best-selling books about feminism written with Amy RichardsManifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (FSG, 2000) and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (FSG, 2005). In 2002, Jennifer and Amy founded Soapbox, Inc., a speakers' bureau that also produces week-long Feminist Camps and Intensives, and seeks to connect people hungry for feminism with resources and with one another.
The Commonwealth Club of California honored her in their centennial year as a "Visionary for the 21st Century," commenting that "in her role as author and activist, [Jennifer has] permanently changed the way people think about feminismand will shape the next 100 years of politics and culture." She created and produced the award-winning documentary ""I Had an Abortion"" in 2005. She directed and produced ""It Was Rape,"" and is thrilled that Paradigm Shift is supporting this event.
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Paradigm Shift NYC is the New York City metro-area's critically acclaimed and largest feminist community group and event series. We've produced over 40 sold out lectures, discussions, screenings, and performances featuring leaders in feminist thought, that range from artists and academics to filmmakers and policy activists. Paradigm Shift NYC events challenge and inspire attendees to contribute to the feminist movement by providing a unique and welcoming platform for expression and coalition building. In early 2011, Berkeley College commissioned Paradigm Shift to produce a four-part webinar series on domestic violence, LGBTQ community building, and creating sexual empowerment. We have partnerships with over 130 progressive organizations. TimeOut New York named Paradigm Shift "Critics' Pick" on 12 occasions, an unprecedented honor among progressive organizations. Meredith Villano, Co-Founder and Director, was honored by Feminist Press "40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism".