Going on 13 || Four Rooms Gallery

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the film
the girls
director's statement

Four Rooms

As part of the documentary, we gave each of the girls cameras hoping to capture the more personal and circumspect moments of their lives. We didn’t realize that at 9 and 10 years old, they really weren’t that interested in videotaping themselves. We decided that somehow, by the end of the filming process, we would provide them with the tools and training to each make their own film — but when they were ready. Out of that decision, the “4 Girls, 4 Videos, 4 Rooms” installation was born.

In the last year of filming the documentary, we met with the girls once a week for 2 semesters. We planned, wrote, shot and edited 4 different films together, one for each girl. These films spanned genres from documentary to animation and examined topical issues such as bullying and political awareness in pre-teens. To showcase these videos we transformed a gallery space into separate bedrooms each representing a different girl. The installation opened to great success at the ProArts gallery in downtown Oakland.

The exhibit included an artist’s talk, a youth video screening held in collaboration with Youth Sounds, and a well-attended opening reception.

A big, gigantic thank you to Andrew Bigler (Dawn's husband and owner of Connect Art International) and his team, Tara Daly, Chris Duncan, and Jason Legeier, for providing the incredible ideas and professional production for making this installation a reality. We could not have done it without them. Thanks also to the artists of Trust Your Struggle for the the awesome murals and to Linda Gonzalez for the funds to make the installation happen. Thanks to everyone who helped create this great installation and series of events displaying the work of the girls and the production of the film. You all rock!

Here are some photos of the show and the opening reception.