Definition of masculinity issue of film, community discussion
See Jane Do will present a local screening of “The Mask You Live In” in Grass Valley. The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.
It will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (March 19) at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion led by Elisa Parker of See Jane Do. The panel will feature educators and community leaders including: Jennifer Singer of The Friendship Club, Ernest Brown of Boys to Men, Veronica Monet, Anger Management Specialist, Jose Gamino, youth leader and Marty Mathiesen principal for Silver Springs High School.
“We are all human, and we all share human feelings. We must put an end to male behavioral stereotypes and learn to listen to what boys of all ages have to say about how they feel,” said youth activist Jose Gamino. “The boys in our community will soon become the men that live and work alongside all of us, so it is crucial that we begin to allow our boys to feel comfortable with themselves in order to have a stronger and more connected community in the future.”
The documentary presents the personal narratives of young boys and men and features experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media, further exploring how gender stereotypes are interconnected with race, class, and circumstance. “The Mask You Live In” ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men, according to event organizers.
“Just as our culture has harmed women and girls, so too are we harming our boys, which has led to a ‘boy crisis’ in America,” said Newsom. “Our intention is that this film sparks a national conversation around masculinity and helps our boys overcome limiting stereotypes, encouraging them to stay true to themselves.”
Newsom’s first film “Miss Representation” premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and exposed the ways in which mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. In response to overwhelming public demand for ongoing education and social action in support of the film’s message, Newsom founded the organization that has become The Representation Project a few months later.
Using film as a catalyst for cultural transformation, The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their human potential. Take the pledge and join The Representation Project’s movement at http://www.therepresentationproject.org.
“Our entire culture sends cues to boys and young men about how they should act and what they are expected to do in order to be considered ‘a man.’ And some of those messages are incredibly damaging. The current state of affairs for boys constitutes one of the most important issues of our time,” said Veronica Monet, Anger Management Specialist. “Please join us in exploring solutions to the challenges facing today’s boys and the parents who love them.”
Tickets are $12 (includes facility fee) and available through the Center for the Arts or at the door. The evening is hosted by See Jane Do. For more about the film, go to http://www.themaskyoulivein.org.
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