Celebrating 30 Years of Strand Releasing

Strand Releasing has been a cutting edge figure in the distribution of arthouse cinema for three decades. With their work, the films of women creators, queer creators, and more underrepresented voices have been able to find their audience. In celebration of their anniversary, filmmakers are contributing to a series entitled 30/30 Vision: 3 Decades of Strand Releasing. Comprised of thirty roughly-one-minute short films shot on iPhones, the collection will screen for the public at the following venues:

  • Thursday, November 21, 6:00 p.m.
    The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN – tickets
  • Friday, November 22, 7:00 p.m.
    Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH – tickets
  • Monday, November 25, 7:00 p.m.
    Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY – tickets
  • Thursday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA – tickets
  • Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
    Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA – tickets

“Over the past 30 years we have been lucky enough to work with many gifted, passionate, and intelligent women directors from around the world. We feel especially grateful this year to be celebrated by so many of them in this program of short films. We are deeply honored that they have come back to share their talents with us to make something so special for our 30th birthday. We admire these women greatly as they continue to thrive and innovate, and it’s been a pleasure to work with them all again.

“We are so happy to have Women In Film premiering these nine shorts as they have been a great Strand Releasing supporter and collaborator over the years.”

—Strand Co-Founder Marcus Hu

"The independent film landscape would not be what it is today without the work of Strand Releasing. Among the rich variety of films they have distributed has been the work of landmark women directors like Claire Denis, Barbara Hammer, and so many more. We have such gratitude for the platform that Strand has given this tapestry of voices, especially as it supports our core mission to transform culture through equal opportunity and representation."

—WIF Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer

We’re pleased to be sharing the women-directed shorts from the 30/30 Vision series with our Women In Film community, in celebration of Strand’s 30th anniversary. View the short films below:

Breillat, Catherine
One of the most provocative French directors of the last three decades, Catherine Breillat’s acclaimed films include THE LAST MISTRESS (2007), SEX IS COMEDY (2002), Strand Releasing film ABUSE OF WEAKNESS (2013), and FAT GIRL (2001). Breillat’s films have premiered and gone on to win multiple awards at Berlinale, Rotterdam, Cannes, Locarno, and the London Film Festival, among other esteemed festivals. In addition to being a filmmaker, she has acted in Bernardo Bertolucci’s LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972) and she wrote the screenplay for Maurice Pialat’s film POLICE. Breillat is also a successful novelist who has adapted several of her own books into films. With uncompromising vision, Breillat’s films explore issues of sexuality, gender conflict, and sibling rivalry.

Hershman, Lynn
Over the past five decades artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has received international acclaim for her art and films. Regarded by many as one of the most influential media artists, her five feature films—STRANGE CULTURE (2007), TEKNOLUST (2002), CONCEIVING ADA (1997), !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION: A SECRET HISTORY (2011), and TANIA LIBRE (2017)—have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Berlin International Film Festival, among others. Leeson’s groundbreaking 2011 documentary !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION was named by the Museum of Modern Art as one of the three best documentaries of the year. She was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Prize for writing and directing TEKNOLUST. Over the last 50 years she has made pioneering contributions to the fields of photography, video, film, performance, installation, and interactive, as well as net-based media art. In 2017 she received the College Art Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kim, So Yong
So Yong Kim is a renowned filmmaker whose debut feature IN BETWEEN DAYS (2006) won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Her two films FOR ELLEN (2012) and LOVESONG (2016) also premiered in competition at Sundance. She has been nominated for four Film Independent Spirit Awards, two Gotham Awards, and is the recipient of the Berlin International Film Festival’s FIPRESCI Prize. Kim has also directed recent episodes of “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” “Transparent,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “American Crime,” “Divorce,” “Vida,” “Queen Sugar,” “Get Shorty,” and the pilot of the upcoming Netflix series “Grand Army.”

Olsen, Jenni
Jenni Olson is an independent writer and nonfiction filmmaker based in Berkeley, California. Her two feature-length essay films—THE JOY OF LIFE (2005) and THE ROYAL ROAD (2015)—premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and, like her many short films, have screened internationally to awards and acclaim. Olsen’s work as a film historian includes the Lambda Award-nominated The Queer Movie Poster Book (Chronicle Books, 2005) and her many vintage movie trailer presentations (Homo PromoAfro Promo, etc.). Her film criticism has appeared in numerous publications including Filmmaker MagazineThe Advocate, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and she is currently a film columnist for Logo TV’s NewNowNext. Her reflection on the last 30 years of LGBT film history, in The Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2020. Olsen is a former Co-Director of Frameline, the oldest and largest LGBT film festival on the planet. Olsen has been honored by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the City of San Francisco for her creative writing and innovative nonfiction storytelling. She holds a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Minnesota and is currently an independent consultant in marketing and digital film distribution. A 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellow, Olsen is now in development on her third feature-length essay film, THE QUIET WORLD, and an essayistic memoir of the same name.

Sherman, Cindy
Cindy Sherman is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential photographers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries and is best known for her series Untitled Film Stills. Sherman’s debut feature film OFFICE KILLER (1997), starring Jeanne Tripplehorn, Molly Ringwald, and Carol Kane, was produced by Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler and distributed by Strand Releasing. Prior to this, Sherman had made six short films including her student film DOLL CLOTHES (1975) that was not shown publicly until 2004 as part of an exhibition titled The Unseen Cindy Sherman: Early Transformations 1975/1976 held at the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey. Following this, the film has been screened as a part of various exhibitions. In 1978, Sherman received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and in 1995 she was also awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant. Cindy Sherman lives and works in New York.

Subrin, Elisabeth
Elisabeth Subrin’s critically acclaimed films and video art have screened widely internationally, including at the New York Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Vienna Viennale, Whitney Biennial, Sundance Channel, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her first feature film A WOMAN, A PART (2016), distributed by Strand, was nominated for the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. She’s the recipient of awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New England Film Festival, and the USA Film Festival, among others. Her film SHULIE was selected for the once-a-decade British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound critic’s poll of Greatest Films Ever. Subrin participated in the Sundance Institute Feature Film Directing and Screenwriting Labs with her first feature screenplay, UP. A 2002 Guggenheim Fellow, she’s also received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller, Annenberg, Creative Capital, and Andrea Frank Foundations. Subrin’s received commissions for new projects from the Danish Arts Council/DaNY Art; Participant, Inc.; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Sue Scott Gallery, New York; and the MacDowell Colony. A 2020 Fulbright Fellow in Paris, Subrin is an Associate Professor in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Troche, Rosemarie
Rose Troche, a longtime friend and colleague of Strand Releasing, is an award-winning writer, director, and producer of film and television. Her first feature GO FISH (1994) was released to wide acclaim and became a seminal film in the history of queer cinema. GO FISH premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and won the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, among other awards. Troche’s second feature, the British comedy BEDROOMS AND HALLWAYS (1998), starring Kevin McKidd, James Purefoy, and Hugo Weaving, premiered at the Edinburgh and Toronto International Film Festivals, and received the Audience Award at the prestigious London Film Festival. Troche also wrote and directed THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS (2001), adapted from the book of short stories by A.M. Homes, featuring Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Kristen Stewart, and Patricia Clarkson. THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, opened the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and won the Critics Award at the Deauville Film Festival. Troche’s television work includes Showtime’s hit series “The L Word” and HBO’s Emmy Award-winning “Six Feet Under.” She is currently working on her next narrative feature THIS IS NOT ME and an interactive VR piece called We Live Here that will premiere early 2020.

Tsangari, Athina Rachel
Athina Rachel Tsangari is a Greek filmmaker and producer whose third and most recent feature CHEVALIER (2015) premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and was distributed by Strand Releasing. It was nominated for a Golden Leopard and went on to play at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Tsangari’s relationship with Strand began in 2010 with her second feature film ATTENBERG that premiered in main competition at the Venice Film Festival. It went on to win more than a dozen best film awards, was selected as Greece’s official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards, and was runner-up for the Lux Prize for Best European Film. Her short THE CAPSULE (2012) was also released by Strand, and written in collaboration with Polish artist Aleksandra Waliszewska. Tsangari’s first feature THE SLOW BUSINESS OF GOING (2000) now resides in the Museum of Modern Art, New York’s permanent film collection. Tsangari co-founded and directed the Cinematexas International Short Film Festival (1997–2007) and has for over ten years operated Haos Film, a pioneering filmmaker-run production and post-production studio based in Athens. Among her credits as a producer are three films directed by Yorgos Lanthimos: KINETTA (2005), DOGTOOTH (2009)—which was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes—and ALPS (2011), the Osella Award winner at Venice.

Wang, Lulu
With the rare ability to captivate audiences with her sincere storytelling, Chinese-American Lulu Wang continues to establish herself as a writer and filmmaker to watch. Most recently, Wang released her second feature THE FAREWELL (2019), which she both wrote and directed. The story follows Billi (Awkwafina), who returns to China after decades in America to join a household of relatives as they convene to say goodbye to the family’s elderly matriarch under the pretense of a shotgun wedding. The film first premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, earning Wang a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. After its success at Sundance, A24 picked it up for worldwide distribution. Since then, Wang’s sophomore feature has garnered a multitude of praises, including Variety naming Wang among its Top Ten Directors to Watch in 2019. The film was recently nominated for multiple awards including Best Feature and Best Screenplay at the 2019 Gotham Independent Film Awards. Wang’s debut feature film POSTHUMOUS (2014) stars Brit Marling and Jack Huston. Released by The Orchard, the indie romantic comedy follows a struggling artist who finds himself accidentally reported dead. On behalf of the debut film, Wang was awards with the Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, as well as earning the 2014 Film Independent Project Involve Directing fellowship. She has been an admirer of Strand’s for years and is a friend of Co-President Marcus Hu.