WAM!LA Conference 2014

Date: March 22, 2014
Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 11:30 pm
Location: Santa Monica College, Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg. 263
Address: 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405
Where: Santa Monica
RSVP: on Facebook: Stop Telling Women to Smile, WAM! It Yourself Conference or by email

Conference Organizers: Melanie Klein and Holly Der

Click here to see the guest speakers’ biographies.

Saturday, March 22nd

Santa Monica College, Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg. 263
Santa Monica College campus map: http://www.smc.edu/campusmap/main_campus_map.htm

10 – 10:45: Body Image and Diversity in Yoga Photography
Sarit Rogers and Courtney Sauls

Body Image and Diversity in Yoga Photography
As a photographer, writer, yogini and body image advocate, Sarit Rogers teams up with Courtney Sauls, a yogini, yoga teacher and actress and cover model for the forthcoming anthology Yoga and Body Image. Together they will discuss how they approach creating diverse yoga imagery amidst an abundance of homogenized, whitewashed images common in the mainstream yoga community. Sarit photographs yogis in a unique, sometimes gritty way, breaking the limiting one-look mold of popular yoga images; she will also talk about what it’s like to be one of a few female photographers photographing this genre.

11 – 11:45: Women on YouTube and Do It Yourself Feminism
Jennifer Wilson and Mara Tasker
Control Top
Sheila Scorned

Using the Web to #ChangeTheRatio in Hollywood: Video Streaming and Crowdfunding
How are female writers, directors, producers and performers utilizing the web to bypass the celluloid ceiling? Jennifer Wilson, co-founder of Control Top TV, discusses female content creators on YouTube who are harnessing the power of the web to self-distribute. Mara Tasker, writer/director of SHEILA SCORNED, talks about using the crowdfunding site Seed&Spark to #stayindie

12 – 12:45: The Other “Other”: Intersectionality of Race & Gender in Media

Shaunelle Curry
Media Done Responsibly

The Other “Other”: Intersectionality of Race & Gender in Media
This discussion explores the impact of sexism in media as it relates to mainstream culture’s valuing of women of color. How are women of color predominantly portrayed in mainstream media? How do the resulting archetypes- the “Angry Black Woman,” the “Ho,” the “Mammy,” the “Maid”- impact the identity and self-efficacy of girls of color? How do stereotypical social scripts influence mainstream culture’s valuing of Black and Brown lives? How might we each take part in creating a media landscape that advances the humanity of us all

1 – 1:45: “MADRE” video premiere
Francesca Guerrini ( note: + girls from the Coachella Academy TBD)
Global Girl Media

Video premiere of “MADRE” video series by girls from the Coachella Academy of Global Girl Media

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/600412023369515/


Saturday, March 22
Angel City Roller Derby Event + Mixer – a Two-part Event
Organized and hosted by Genevieve Berrick and Holly Derr

Part 1: Mixer and social
3:30 – 5
Hosted by Holly Derr

Meet up, hang, socialize and network with other LA WAMmers after the conference presentation and before the roller derby double-header at The Back Stage Bar (10400 Culver Boulevard, Culver City 90232)

Email: [email protected] with the subject line “ Pre-skate mixer” and let us know you’ll be there!

Part 2: Skating
5: 30 – 11:30 Double-header
Hosted by Genevieve Berrick and Holly Derr

Buy tickets here: http://angelcityderby.com/events/shore-shots-vs-san-diego-rocket-queens-vs-shasta-roller-derby/

Email: [email protected] with the subject line “ Roller-derby Double-header” and let us know you’ll be there!