A celebration of cinema by and about great women in art

Martha-Cooper-in-Alphabet-City-1978-photo-by-Dan-BrinzacOver six weekends in November and December, the HERE I AM: Art by Great Women festival at Kambri will present an exciting free program of films that profile and celebrate influential female artists, either through documentary or scripted narrative.

Launching the program this Saturday 21 November is Martha: a picture storyan award-winning documentary about iconic American street art photographer, Martha Cooper, made by Australian filmmaker Selina Miles.

Martha: a picture story won the 2019 Sydney Film Festival Audience Award for its energetic and engaging exploration of the life and legacy of Martha, who in 1970s New York captured some of the first images of graffiti at a time when the city had declared war on it. Decades later, Cooper has become influential to the global movement of street artists and is revered around the globe.

Following the movie, Sancho (from Sancho’s Dirty Laundry) will moderate a short Q&A session with Selina, allowing the audience to discuss the making of the biopic and gain further insights into Martha, the incredible subject of her film.

Over the coming weekends audiences can expect to see films delving into the rich, artistic lives of remarkable women such as Camille Claudel, Anais Nin, and Marina Abramovic to name a few.

The free screenings will take place in the Kambri Cinema (ground floor of the Cultural Centre) with free parking available at the Kambri Car Park and the Lobby Bar open for drinks prior to and during the screenings.

Screening Schedule:
Saturday 21 November: Martha: A Picture Story (2019)
Friday 27 November: Henry and June (1990)
Thursday 3 December: Her Sound, Her Story (2019)
Thursday 10 December: Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Friday 11 December: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (1988)
Friday 18 December: Camille Claudel (1988)

For more information about the film screenings and to view the festival program, visit: www.kambri.com.au for details

Image: Martha Cooper in Alphabet City 1978 – photo by Dan Brinzac