GWS Program to Screen “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts”

Posted on February 20th, 2013 by

Small Beautifully Moving PartsThe Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program at Gustavus Adolphus College will host a free public screening of the award-winning film “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the Nobel Hall of Science’s Wallenburg Auditorium.

Co-written and co-directed by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson, “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival and was also part of the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival lineup. The screening at Gustavus will be the film’s Minnesota premiere.

When technophile Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. The film takes a comic and poignant look at one woman’s coming-of-parenthood in the age of technology.

View the official trailer for “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts”:

Co-writer and director Annie Howell will be on campus for the screening and will take questions from the audience at the conclusion of the film. While on campus, Howell will work with students in professor Priscilla Briggs’s Video Art class and will also have lunch with students interested in pursuing a career in filmmaking.

Annie J. Howell

Annie J. Howell

Howell has written and directed several short fiction and nonfiction films and has exhibited them internationally on the film festival circuit, including screenings at SXSW, Newport, Full Frame, Clermont-Ferrand, Boston Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, MadCat, and SilverDOCS.

Her films have been screened on the Sundance Channel, PBS, and the International Film Channel. Recent awards include a 2005 Screenwriters’ Colony fellowship, a 2008 IFP Grand Prize Award in Digital Filmmaking from Panasonic, and a 2010 San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant, all for original screenwriting. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Screenwriting/Production at Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts and School of Film.

Other sponsors of this event besides the GWS Program include the departments of Communication Studies, English Department, and Art and Art History, the Writing Center, the Writing Program, and the Center for Servant Leadership. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the GWS Program, Jill Locke at


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