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Academy students to premier documentaries on Jan. 30
Katerina Guzenko, Madison Sankovitz and Katie Kelly will premiere their documentary at the Bagdad Theater on Jan. 30
Katerina Guzenko, Madison Sankovitz and Katie Kelly will premiere their documentary at the Bagdad Theater on Jan. 30

Cracks are starting to appear in the celluloid ceiling, but film is still a male-dominated industry. Women hold just 18 percent of key behind-the-scenes jobs in the top-grossing films, according to a 2011 report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film.

St. Mary's Academy, an all-girls school, is working to change that with its documentary filmmaking program. Alissa Nicole Creamer, director of the feature-length documentary film "Never to Cry," co-leads the class with St. Mary's theater director Shannon More.
Support for the program comes from Vikki Mee, past parent and former board member and her Faerie Godmother Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.

Students in this year's filmmaking class will present their documentaries at a free public screening on Jan. 30 at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. There's a hosted reception at 6:30 p.m., and the screening begins at 7 p.m.    

Mee helped launch the program in 2005 as a weekend class. It since has blossomed into a full-fledged elective class that meets during the school day. Students learn all aspects of documentary filmmaking, including camera techniques, lighting, sound, interviewing and editing. They work in teams to create their own short documentaries.

A number of alumnae who studied filmmaking at St. Mary's have gone on to pursue the discipline in college and as a career. Students in this year's filmmaking class have big dreams, as well. Senior Katie Kelly is taking the class for the third time, working with classmates Katerina Guzenko and Madison Sankovitz on a documentary about the local band Josh and Mer.

Kelly would like to attend Montana State University next year to study film, and thanks to this class, she'll have three documentary film credits to list on her college applications.
"I really enjoy it, and getting to see my work on the big screen is very satisfying and rewarding," Kelly said.

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