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"A Girl's Life: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn D. Valadez"
2005-06-25 until 2005-07-26
USA United States of America
Pro Arts and Vaquera Films are pleased to invite you to "A
Girl's Life", an exhibition of video installations featuring short
adaptations from the feature length documentary of the same name, directed
and produced by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn D. Valadez. "A Girl's Life" explores the experiences of four young girls during the
transformative years between the ages of nine and thirteen. The exhibition
will present four separate short-video installations created by the featured
subjects Esmeralda, Ariana, Rosie and Isha.
Each video examines highly
topical subjects from the ranging perspectives of these young girls. For
this exhibition the gallery space will be transformed into separate rooms.
Each room will physically embody the subject of the featured video through
installations devised by each of the girls. Isha's interest in fashion
offers a view into her perceptions about body issues and cross-cultural
values. Rosie interviews her friends at school to create a profile of
understanding about how kids view adults and the politics of the world
around them. With the use of stop action animation, using popular "pre-teen"
dolls, Ariana's classic story of the dangers of gossip come to life in "The
Truth About Gossip." Esmeralda has created "The Esmeralda Villalobos
Show"--one part OPRAH and one part pre-teen comedy. Esme hosts as 3 middle
school archetypes get "make overs."
The feature length documentary "A Girl's Life" was shot in Mini-DV over a
period of four years. It has been produced and directed by Kristy
Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez. Guevara-Flanagan has an extensive
background as an educator, filmmaker and editor for television and film.
Her film "El Corrido de Cecilia Rosas" (1999) was praised at the Sundance
Film Festival and subsequently licensed by the Sundance Channel. Valadez
has worked extensively as a social worker, youth development specialist and
consultant for community and national service programs. Additionally she
served as the co-founder for a nationally recognized AmeriCorps program
BAYAC, which was documented in the film "Everyday Heroes" by Rick Goldsmith
and Abby Ginzberg.
"A Girl's Life" has been funded by The Community Action Fund of the Women's
Foundation, The City of Oakland Cultural Arts Fund, Pioneer Fund,
Fleishhacker Foundation, Open Meadows, BAVC Videomakers Award and many
private donors. The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration
between Vaquera Films and Pro Arts.