In the Weeds: Waiting for a Living

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After graduating from Columbia University in 1990, Cheryl Hess spent several years traveling and working in Southeast Asia. Her first film, an experimental documentary, Deck, investigates a property dispute between two sisters (Hess' mother and aunt). Deckhas been broadcast locally and screened at numerous festivals (Women in the Director's Chair, the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, Sinking Creek, Big Muddy, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, the Canadian International Annual Film and Video Festival, and the Slice of Life Documentary Festival, where it won the best of fest jury prize). Deckwas screened at the Independent Feature Film Market's Student Showcase and is scheduled to be aired on the Independent Film Channel. She is currently at work on a new film, Be Sealed with the Gift part of the Temple University Women's Film & Video Collective's collaborative Superstition Project,

Melissa Thompson is from Atlanta, GA. She received a B.A. from Oberlin College in Creative Writing in 1991. She lived in New Orleans for several years before moving to Philadelphia. Her first film, Crush (super 8, 1990), won a festival prize at the Louisiana Shorts Festival and honorable mention in the Rutgers Film Co-op Super 8 Film Festival. Her film Novices (made with Heidi Mau, 16mm, 1995), an experimental documentary about young nuns as recalled by the girls who grew up in their footsteps, has been screened at numerous independent and lesbian and gay film festivals across the country (Frameline, Sinking Creek, Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Reel Affirmations) and broadcast on Philadelphia public television. She is currently at work on a new film, Passing part of the Temple University Women's Film & Video Collective's collaborative Superstition Project, If This Then That.

Both makers are MFA candidates in the
Department of Film and Media Arts, Temple University

and are part of the
Temple University Women's Film & Video Collective.


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