Woman with a Movie Camera was created in 2013 by Joy Schaefer and Sofia Varino to address the need for more visibility, funding and resources for (cis/trans/genderqueer) women filmmakers, video artists and technicians working in audiovisual media. We began with the desire to make video equipment and training more widely available to women worldwide, especially in underprivileged communities. Currently the project comprises a website, a screening series and a podcast. Our aim is to raise funds for providing educational programs to women where they can have access to equipment and education to create their own videos.
Joy C. Schaefer is an interdisciplinary film scholar based in Brooklyn. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University (SBU), where she has designed and taught courses such as Transnational Feminism & Film. She is also an Instructor in the Communication & Media Studies Department at Fordham, where she taught the first Queer Studies in Film & TV course at the university. Joy holds an M.A. in French Studies (NYU) and an Advanced Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies (SBU), and her work has been published in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Studies in European Cinema. Contact her at joy.schaefer[at]stonybrook.edu.
Sofia Varino is an interdisciplinary gender scholar based in Berlin and New York. Varino is currently a Ph.D. candidate in cultural studies at the Department of Cultural Analysis & Theory at Stony Brook University in New York, and Associate Director at Harmattan Theater, a New York City environmental performance collective. Her dissertation project examines how embodiment and materiality are enacted in biomedical narratives since the second half of the 20th century in Europe and North America. Contact her at SV [at] from5to7.com