Newcomb Feminist Film Series to screen Obvious Child

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Jenny Slate playing Brooklyn comedienne Donna Stern

Maricela Murillo, Senior Staff Reporter

The Newcomb Feminist Film Series will resume with a showing of “Obvious Child” at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the Newcomb Quad. Gillian Robespierre directed the movie which stars Jenny Slate, an SNL alumna, as Donna Stern; a female comedian in her 20s who winds up pregnant after a drunken one-night stand. She ultimately decides to get an abortion, and, unlike in many other films that have touched on the subject, goes through with it.

So far, the film and its cast have been nominated for the Big Screen Award and KNF Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle Film Festival. Producer Elisabeth Holm won the Red Crown Producer’s Award at the Sundance Film Festival and Jenny Slate won the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking-Breakout Performance Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The plot focuses on the many things Stern gains from the abortion, including a possible relationship, happiness and maturity. The film, which runs for an hour and 23 minutes, also stars Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Richard Kind and Polly Draper.

The Newcomb Film Series shows three movies each semester focusing on the empowerment of women, the realities of sexual assault, the fight for equal treatment and the ongoing struggle for women’s rights.

Newcomb College Institute has sponsored the film series since the fall of 2010. Most of the screenings include a presentation by experts, directors, filmmakers and others aimed to encourage discussion about the topics addressed in the movies.

In the past, the series has screened the films “The Invisible War,” which documented the rampant sexual assault against women in the U.S. Military, as well as “Defending our Lives,” a documentary about the truth of domestic violence in the United States.