A photographer trails a mysterious woman, obsessively photographing her from afar. When he finally gets up the nerve to visit her, he experiences a shocking truth that changes him forever. We explore the concept of the male gaze in cinema and attempt to reverse it in the film.
Last night was pure fun! We saw Cecilia for the first time on a big screen amongst friends at the Gene Frankel Theatre in NYC for Secrets of the Deep: Dreams on Film. Thank you everyone who joined us, you made the experience unforgettable! Check out the article written up about the fest:
In Liz Tabish’s fable Cecilia (2017), the eponymous beautiful woman (Lindsey Lemke), who lives alone in a seemingly American medieval village, confesses to her priest that she has been dreaming of her fellow villagers partaking in an orgiastic masque.
Our launch party for Maenad Films. What the f*&# is a maenad? We weren't exactly sure ourselves when we first started researching them. But the more we learned the more we realized that their untamed, unreserved, unrepressed nature represents the kind of women we like to celebrate. Dancing in the moonlight, laughing until we cry, crying until we laugh, championing each other, exploring new terrain, turning away from repressive systems in favor of freedom, liberation, ecstasy. It seems strange to say that this ancient archetype feels like such a new paradigm for women right now, but things move in cycles...And we are the new maenads.