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Woman and Energy on Film


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In three days--and just in time for SXSW!--the film event I've been planning with colleagues at UT hits the historic ACL stage! Energy at the Movies will navigate through 70 years of energy on the big screen as we explore cultural perceptions of oil, coal, industry stereotypes, renewables, and much more. Best of all, you can watch via the livestream. As a panelist, my role will be to discuss the portrayal of women in these films. To introduce the subject, let's start with the Bechdel test. Heard of it? Here's a great explanation: There are lots of examples to discuss, from Leslie Benedict in 1956's Giant to Kimberly Wells in 1979's The China Syndrome. More coming soon, but for the time being, I'm interested to hear readers' thoughts...

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