GENDER AND STEM GRANTEE
Keira Rosner ('20) used her HASTAC grant to produce a documentary feature about the representation of female characters in student films at Tulane, specifically emphasizing what percentage of them pass the Bechdel Test. The process included applying for this grant, a research phase, arranging interviews with students and faculty at Tulane, filming and conducting the interviews, editing together the footage, and receiving permission from students to incorporate archival footage from their capstone projects. Keira received her HASTAC Scholar distinction during the end of the Fall 2018 semester and is ecstatic for Film, Feminism, & Freret to appear this summer.
Becoming a HASTAC Scholar was one of the highlights of my time at Tulane because it provided me with the resources to make my independent project a reality. In proposing an original idea for a documentary project about the Bechdel Test at it applies to student films at Tulane, I had no idea the journey that I would be taken on or the lessons I would learn. Creating Film, Feminism, & Freret allowed me to not only learn about the experiences of many of my female peers and mentors in the film industry, but also to take on the challenge of producing my first full-length nonfiction piece, which is a huge step towards my long-term goal of becoming a documentary filmmaker. There were many mistakes along the way, but now I know that those aren't mistakes I will make again going forward into the world beyond academia. Next time I take on a project, I can make new, more advanced mistakes! Receiving a grant from NI allowed me to finance higher-quality equipment, hire a Tulane graduate to edit the sound, and cover a plethora of smaller miscellaneous expenses, so I would not have been able to have this incredible experience without it.