March 29, 1999

Middlebury College Presents "Shades of Meaning," a Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival

Women and Ethnicity Theme to Include Films "Skin Deep" and "Looking for Wendy"

"Shades of Meaning," a Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival, will be held at Middlebury College on Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m., in Room 110 of Middlebury College's Sunderland Language Center, on Route 125. "Shades of Meaning" is a program of independently produced films grouped around the theme of women and ethnicity, and will include the films "Skin Deep," and "Looking for Wendy." Free and open to the public.

"Skin Deep," co-produced by Alexandra Halkin and Middlebury faculty member Deb Ellis, investigates the controversy--especially in the context of the larger debate of race, class, reproduction, and social engineering--regarding the contraceptive Norplant.

"Looking for Wendy," by Kimberly Saree Tomes, combines aspects of the movies "Roger and Me" and "Desperately Seeking Susan" while addressing issues of biotechnology with interracial adoption to explore the genetics of culture and identity.

A discussion with producer Deb Ellis will follow the film presentation. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact Mary S. Duffy of Middlebury College's May Belle Chellis Woman's Resource Center, at 802-443-5937.