Mason Hosts ‘Poster Girl’ Screening, Discussion

Posted: April 20, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: April 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

This information was provided by Cynthia Fuchs, director of Film and Media Studies.

On Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Film and Media Studies (FAMS) program will screen the Oscar-nominated documentary “Poster Girl” in the Johnson Center Cinema. Following the free screening, director Sara Nesson and star Robynn Murray will speak and take questions.

The film, which was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject, tells the story of Murray, an all-American high school cheerleader turned “poster girl” for women in combat.

Home from serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq, her tough-as-nails exterior begins to crack, leaving Murray struggling with the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Shot and directed by first-time filmmaker Nesson, “Poster Girl” follows Murray over the course of two years as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption, using art and poetry to redefine her life.

The film was selected for this year’s Hot Docs Festival in Toronto, the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College, the One World International Film Festival in Prague, the Women’s Film Festival in Brattleboro, Vt., and New York’s Stranger Than Fiction Winter Series.

The film and filmmaker’s presentation is expected to generate discussion on a range of issues, including women in the military, war veterans and PTSD and art as a means to self-expression and rehabilitation.

In addition to FAMS, the screening is sponsored by the School of Art, departments of English, Global and Community Health, History and Art History and Psychology, as well as Cultural Studies, University Life and Women and Gender Studies.

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