Filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan stops by the Girls That Create podcast to chat about her latest project, “Body Parts.” This thought-provoking film delves into the portrayal of sex in film and television from a woman’s perspective, shedding light on the uncomfortable realities behind some iconic scenes. Guevara-Flanagan shares her journey into documentary filmmaking, the inspiration behind “Body Parts,” and the impact of media on our culture.
“Body Parts” takes a critical look at the use of body doubles in Hollywood and the influence of media on our perception of sex. Guevara-Flanagan explores how the images we see on screen shape our culture and the importance of media literacy for parents and caregivers. The documentary challenges viewers to question the narratives presented in mainstream media and consider the impact they have on society.
You can also read the Girls That Create Creator Spotlight profile about Guevara-Flanagan.
About Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan is an Associate Professor at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television where she heads the MFA Directing Documentary concentration. Her most recent short film Águilas (co-directed with Maite Zubiaurre), about a group of volunteers who help recover bodies of missing migrants crossing the border, was short-listed for the 2022 Academy Awards.
Guevara-Flanagan has been making award-winning documentary films that focus on gender and representation for over two decades. Her debut feature “Going on 13” (co-directed with Dawn Valadez), covering four years in the lives of four adolescent girls, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS. Her follow-up feature, “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines”, traces the evolution of the comic book hero Wonder Woman as a way to reflect on society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The film garnered numerous awards, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, and was broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens.
Guevara-Flanagan’s short, “What Happened to Her” explores our cultural obsession with images of the dead woman on screen and premiered at Hot Docs, where it received an honorable mention for best short. Her latest film “Body Parts” traces the evolution of “sex” on-screen from a woman’s perspective, exposing the uncomfortable realities behind some of Hollywood’s most iconic scenes and celebrating the bold creators leading the way for change.
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