in front of us film series, initiated in september 2016, features films by women directors, producers, and screenwriters as well as films that explore gender and films with women in lead roles. The series hopes to address the historical under-representation of women in film by examining films that suggest another future is possible. According to a recent report produced by the ACLU, of the 1,300 highest-grossing films produced in the United States between 2002 and 2014, only 4% involved a womAn director. The situation for women of color is even more difficult. For example, of the 500 highest-grossing films produced between 2007 and 2014, only 2 involved African American women directors. Additionally, films with women in lead roles are still considered risky and when they are made, are the subject of considerable criticism concerning their viability before release. in front of us film series endeavors to build an awareness of the situation for women in film and to develop a film culture that is increasingly inclusive and one where more diverse and better films are made.

IN FRONT OF US IS ORGanized by Tim johnson, caitlin murray, eileen myles, peggy o'brien, carolyn pfeiffer, AND ELise pepple and is supported by marfa live arts

MOST films are screened at the crowley theater in Marfa, texas and ALL SCREENINGS are free and open to the public.