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GEEK GIRLS, the “hidden half” of fan culture

As part of the Dundee Women’s Festival, NEoN is screening GEEK GIRLS, a film by Gina Hara.

When filmmaker Gina Hara sets out to explore the hidden half of nerd culture, she struggles through unexpected resistance. Welcome to the world of cute dresses, professional gamers, fake names and death threats.

A photo of Stephanie Harvey, a professional gamer. She is looking at a screen whilst talking through a headset.

Geek Girls is the first feature-length documentary exploring the hidden half of fan culture: nerdy women. Although geeky communities have recently risen to prominence as major cultural contributors, very little attention has been directed towards the women who live and work with nerd culture on a daily basis. Filmmaker Gina Hara addresses this oversight by delving into a world of professional gamers, cute dresses, fake names, and death threats; she follows her subjects through the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of ostracization while also exploring her own struggles with her geek identity.

DIRECTOR – Gina Hara

Gina Hara was born in Budapest, Hungary. She is an acclaimed filmmaker and artist with a background in art & technology, interested in the experimental aspects and transmedial forms of visual culture. She holds an MA in intermedia, an MFA in film production and had worked in different media with regard to film, video, new media, gaming and design. Her short Waning (2011) was nominated for Best Canadian Short at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her latest project Your Place or Minecraft (2015) is a machinima docu web series about game studies, available on YouTube.

PRODUCER – Michael Massicotte

Michael Massicotte has been working as an independent producer since graduating from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. His latest documentary he co-produced is titled The India Space Opera (2015), which made its first festival appearance in Montreal at the 2016 RVCQ and was recently broadcasted across Canada on the Super Channel network. In 2014, Michael produced his first feature documentary titled I’ve Seen The Unicorn (2014). The film was seen in festivals around the world, including major markets, such as Hot Docs International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival, and many others, including screenings in Europe and Africa.

WHEN: Saturday 4th March 2023; doors open at 1.30 pm for a 2 pm start.

WHERE: Unit 35, Keiller Centre, Dundee, DD1 1DQ.

WHAT: Free film screening. Free film screening. Guidance on age suitability TBC, however we recommend 12+ and that you watch the trailer for GEEK GIRLS here on YouTube.

TICKETS: Tickets are free, but booking is required. Please book your ticket here.

ACCESS: Accessibility info for the Keiller Centre can be found here. The venue has wheelchair access, the room can accommodate a wheelchair, and there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. In addition, a hearing Induction Loop is available. Staff will be available on-site to provide support during the event. If you have any questions regarding access, please do get in touch at [email protected].

Places for this screening are limited. If, for any reason, you cannot make it, please let us know so we can reassign your ticket or cancel via the booking page.

NOTICE: This film contains subject matter that some viewers may find upsetting. It contains reference to cyberbullying, harassment, and sexism.