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Poppy Jasper International Film Festival

Women's Day - Women in Film Panel

Friday, Apr. 9, 2021, 12 a.m. - Sunday, Apr. 11, 2021, 12 a.m.

We are thrilled to partner with the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival and participate in their Women in Film Panel. This event is part of Women’s Day at the festival, which celebrates women filmmakers. Join this diverse panel, including SMoCA’s very own director and chief curator Jennifer McCabe, as they discuss the challenges for women in the arts and why their voices are important to be included.

RSVP for the free panel discussion here.

We encourage you to also support the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival by virtually attending here. Use the code SMoCA20#PJIFF2021 at checkout to get 20% off!

About the Panelists

Rucha Chitnis is a photojournalist, writer, and filmmaker whose stories highlight the power and agency of women and frontline communities rising and raising their voices. Her work evinces hope and resilience in the face of an ethnocentric lens that often erases and dehumanizes communities of color.

Consuelo G. Flores is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, writer, and playwright. She was most recently the director of policy strategy & analysis in the Equity & Inclusion department at SAG-AFTRA and has worked promoting diversity at film and writer’s organizations for 20 years.

Debbe Goldstein is the owner of, an online art gallery. She has made a career of supporting, advocating for and hiring artists. Goldstein is the former head of Animation Recruitment at Dreamworks SKG and a former art history instructor at Art Center College of Design.

Kavery Kaul is an award-winning filmmaker whose works have been featured at festival and museums around the globe and on PBS-TV. Kaul has been awarded a Fulbright and a Logan Fellowship. As a TEDx Talk speaker, she addresses the power of storytelling as a way to connect people.

Jennifer McCabe is director and chief curator of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, a position she previously held at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco.  Her curatorial practice and writing explores intersectional feminisms, site-responsive commissions, and artistic interventions.

Kulvinder “Kay” Arora (Moderator) is a writer, educator, activist, president of Literary Legacies, and PJIFF’s Chair of Inclusion. Arora taught film criticism as a former professor of Women’s Studies. She contributes to several nonprofits in the Bay Area by empowering women and youth to write their own stories.

The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is an annual event produced by volunteers as part of Poppy Jasper, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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