October 2009, Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, an international film festival taking place October 23-25th at the Landmark Harbor East Cinema, announced on October 10 the Maryland premiere of a full-length documentary Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up. Director Debra Chasnoff, who is also a Maryland native, will attend the film screening and take questions from the audience after the film. The screening will be taking place Saturday, October 24th at 8 PM.

Chasnoff has directed and produced a variety of documentary films over the years including Academy Award winning short Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons & Our Environment. Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up is Chasnoff’s newest film. Currently Chasnoff also serves on the board of Frameline, Power UP and Jewish Voices for Peace. She is also Executive Director of GroundSpark, a national social justice media, advocacy, and education organization

Straightlaced demonstrates just about everything teens do involving thinking about gender and sexuality. In surprisingly honest, intimate conversations with 50 students, the film explores, among other topics, certain girls’ reactions to media messages about culture and body image which seek to restrain them, and startling admissions from certain boys about their reasons for becoming, and remaining, sexually active. The film includes the perspectives of teens who self-identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning and represent all points of the gender spectrum. With courage and unexpected humor, these teens open up their lives to the camera in revealing and explaining the countless decisions, big and small, they make relating to issues of gender and sex each day.

The Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, a festival dedicated and focused on seeking out and promoting cinema created by and for women, is currently in its third year. Tickets are $10; all access-passes to all film screenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are $50. Parties, receptions and a live music event are also held in conjunction with the festival. One-half of all ticket sale proceeds will be donated to The Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Center for breast cancer research, outreach, and support. For show times, tickets, and more information, visit: www.bwfilmfestival.com.


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