Editorial, Social Media, and Online Activism

Editorial Work

agnès films: supporting women and feminist filmmakers, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief
April 2010 – present

constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief
October 2018 – present

constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space, Co-founder and Managing Editor
May 2016 – October 2018

Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, Founding Editor and Multimedia Editor
July 2009 – May 2016

Social Media and Online Activism

Parents in the Palais: An Open Letter to the 70th Cannes Film Festival
June 2017

Four fellow filmmakers and activists, Sophie Mayer, Mathilde Dratwa, Barbara Ann O’Leary, and Marian Evans, and I wrote a letter to the Cannes Film Festival suggesting that they rethink their 2017 policy of excluding parents who work in the film industry from the festival when accompanied by their children and providing examples from film festivals around the world that have welcoming policies to parents and their children.

Published on agnès films, the letter was been signed by 340 filmmakers, actors, film critics, film festival organizers, distributors, scholars, and activists from 35 countries. Those who have added their names to this cause include Academy-Award winning director Joanna Natasegara, The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Can You Ever Forgive Me? director Marielle Heller, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Wakefield screenwriter and director Robin Swicord, Just Seen It actor and director Liz Manashil, Edge of Tomorrow and London Has Fallen actor Charlotte Riley, and head of development, production, and acquisition at Amazon Studios Ted Hope.

Hidalgo, Alexandra, Sophie Mayer, Mathilde Dratwa, Barbara Ann O’Leary, and Marian Evans. “Parents in the Palais: An Open Letter to the 70th Cannes Film Festival.” agnès films: supporting women and feminist filmmakers. 5 June 2017.

Press

Gardner, Cris. “Hollywood Parents Petition Cannes for More Mom-Friendly Rules.” The Hollywood Reporter. 7 June 2017.

Gardner, Cris. “Moms Mobilize at Cannes.” The Hollywood Reporter. 7 June 2017.

Cross Post: Parents in the Palais: An Open Letter to the 70th Cannes Film Festival.” Women and Hollywood. 7 June 2017.

340 Industry Professionals Sign Open Letter to Cannes Film Festival Regarding Treatment of Parents With Children at This Year’s.” Filmfestivals.com. 7 June 2017.

Hollywood mums fight for family-friendly Cannes Film Festival.” Honey Nine. 7 June 2017.

Hollywood Parents Petition Cannes for More Mom-Friendly Rules.” Movie Breaking News. 7 June 2017.

Open letter to Cannes over how parents were treated.” Women in Film and Television New Zealand. 13 June 2017.

Parents in the Palais – a social media movement that brought filmmaking moms together to condemn sexist practices in film festivals.” Women Making Films India. 13 June 2017.

Cultural Rhetorics Social Media Strategist
November 2015 – October 2016, September 2017-present.

agnès films Monthly Twitter Chats
January 2016 – present
I coordinate monthly Twitter chats with women in various areas of filmmaking, film criticism, and scholarship. Besides selecting the topics and finding participants, I moderate a number of the chats. I list the chats I moderate below. For the rest of the chats, visit the agnès films Storify account.

“Women Filmmakers and Academics.” Moderator Alexandra Hidalgo. Featuring Alexandra Juhasz, bonnie lenore kyburz, and Adela C. Licona. 27 June 2016.

“Women Filmmakers from the 1890s to the 1920s.” Moderator Alexandra Hidalgo. Featuring Elinor Cleghorn, Pamela Green, and Pamela Hutchinson. 28 Jan. 2016.

#DirectedbyWomen / agnès films Twitter Campaign and Screenings
September 2016
agnès films teamed up with #DirectedbyWomen for a social media campaign supporting the work of women directors during the month of September. The campaign included one video, four Twitter chats, one Twitter interview, and two screenings of films directed by women. Besides working with #DirectedbyWomen’s Barbara Ann O’Leary, I collaborated with the agnès films staff of undergraduate students (Elena Cronick, Hannah Countryman, Sabrina Hirsch, Jessica Kukla, Savannah Smith, Sarah Shaw, Lindsey Spitzley, and Jenna Ange) in order to create promotional materials, write press releases, and make the video.

Video

How Many Can YOU Name.” Co-Produced by Alexandra Hidalgo.

Storify

“Interview with Ondi Timoner” Interviewer Alexandra Hidalgo.

“Women Experimental Filmmakers” Twitter Chat. Moderator Barbara Ann O’Leary. Featuring Denah Johnston and Lynne Sachs.

“Women Fiction Film Directors” Twitter Chat. Moderator Danielle Winston. Featuring Jennifer Corcoran, Li Lu, Leah Yananton.

“Women Fiction Film Directors” Twitter Chat. Moderator Alexandra Hidalgo. Featuring Zeinabu irene Davies, Alison Klayman, and Christine Turner.

“Women Television Directors” Twitter Chat. Moderator Barbara Ann O’Leary. Featuring Lily Mariye and Rachel Talalay.

Screenings

“Four Short Films #DirectedbyWomen” (with skype Q&A by director Bat-Sheva Guez)
September 12, 2016.
This screening organized by agnès films and co-sponsored by Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Film Studies, and The College of Arts and Letters.

“#DirectedbyWomen Screening of Sunshine” (with skype Q&A by director Karen Skloss)
September 26, 2016.
This screening organized by agnès films and co-sponsored by Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Film Studies, and The College of Arts and Letters.

Press

Cronick, Elena. “WRAC Joins the #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party by Co-Hosting Two Screenings This September.” Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. 9 Sep. 2016.

Cronick, Elena. “Screenings for #DirectedbyWomen Films.” College of Arts and Letters. 6 Sep. 2016.

#FavWomanFilmmaker Campaign
From November 9 – November 12, 2015.
I led six undergraduate students (Katie Grimes, Sabrina Hirsch, Shell Little, Sarah Shaw, Savannah Smith, and Lindsey Spitzley,) and Ph.D. student Shewonda Leger in organizing and running a Twitter campaign around the hashtag #FavWomanFilmmaker to explore why so few people have favorite women filmmakers and to discuss the work of women filmmakers around the world.

Videos

#FavWomanFilmmaker Monday Video.” Directed, produced, and edited by Alexandra Hidalgo.

#FavWomanFilmmaker Tuesday Video.” Subtitles by Alexandra Hidalgo.

#FavWomanFilmmaker Wednesday Video.” Edited by Alexandra Hidalgo.

#FavWomanFilmmaker Thursday Video.”

Storify

“Defining Woman Filmmaker” Twitter Chat. Moderator Alexandra Hidalgo. Featuring Sophie Mayer, Barbara Ann O’Leary, Danielle Winston, Rebecca Sánchez López, Lucía Valverde, and Daniella Daemy.

“Interview with Melissa Silverstein.” Interviewer Alexandra Hidalgo.

“Interview with Sophie Mayer and Hope Dickson Leach.” Interviewer Sabrina Hirsch, organizer Alexandra Hidalgo.

“Strategies for Being a Successful Woman Filmmaker” Twitter Chat. Moderator Shewonda Leger. Featuring Mara Ravins, Miriam Pinedo, Leah Meyerhoff, Alexandra Hidalgo, and bonnie lenore kyburz.

“Interview with Shanele Alvarez.” Interviewer Lindsey Spitzley, organizer Alexandra Hidalgo.

“How to Balance Personal Life and Work as a Woman Filmmaker” Twitter Chat. Moderator Sarah Shaw. Featuring Patricia Perez, Bat-Sheva Guez, Miriam Pinedo, Jennifer B White, and Alexandra Hidalgo.

“Interview with barb Morrison.” Interviewer Sarah Shaw, organizer Alexandra Hidalgo.

“How to Enter the Field as a Woman Filmmaker” Twitter Chat. Moderator Sarah Shaw. Featuring Dawn Davis, Emma Eden Ramos, Jen Shangraw, and Alexandra Hidalgo.

“Interview with Isabel Stevens.” Interviewer Katie Grimes, organizer Alexandra Hidalgo.

“Interview with Lauren Kinsler and Carrie Gooch.” Interviewer Lindsey Spitzley, organizer Alexandra Hidalgo.

“How Audiences Can Find and Support the Work of Women Filmmakers” Twitter Chat. Moderator Katie Grimes, organizer Alexandra Hidalgo. Featuring Sophie Mayer, Bat-Sheva Guez, Danielle Winston, Mara Ravins, Cristina Oliva Patrick, and Denah Johnston.

“Interview with Deborah Kampmeier.” Interviewer Savannah Smith, organizer Alexandra Hidalgo.

Press

#FavWomanFilmmaker Campaign Invites Audiences to Share Their Love of Films Made by Women.” IndieWire. 9 Nov. 2015.

MSU Professors and Students Want to Know Your #FavWomanFilmmaker.” Current State. WKAR. 9 Nov. 2015. Radio.

Jao, Charline. “#FavWomanFilmmaker Campaign Promotes Visibility of Films Made by Women.” The Mary Sue. 9 Nov. 2015.

Evans, Marian. “From Paul Feig to Agnès Films’ #FavWomanFilmmaker Campaign.” Wellywood Woman. 8 Nov. 2015.

Bringing Awareness to Women Filmmakers.” MSU Today. 6 Nov. 2015.

agnès films brings MSU writing and film communities together.” MSU WRAC. 12 Nov. 2015.

Web and Logo Design, Architecture, and Content Development

Besides collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students and colleagues to design the logos and websites for the journals and publications I edit, my documentaries, and certain peer-reviewed projects, I have also worked on the following websites:

Website design and architecture, logo design, and content development. The Documentary Laboratory for Creative Non-Fiction Film at Michigan State University. Designed with Jessica Kukla and Allison Costello.

Website design and architecture, logo design, and content development. constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space. Designed with Jeff Kuure and Lauren Brentnell.

Website design and architecture, logo design, and content development. Mothers in Rhetoric and Composition. An NCTE Special Interest Group. Designed with Hannah Countryman.

Website design and architecture, logo design, and content development. Latinx Caucus. An NCTE Caucus. Designed with Les Hutchinson and Jessica Kukla.

Photography

Event Photographer. “Screening of Academy Award winning film Inocente.” Michigan State University Library Film Series. April 2017. Featured on Shine Global’s official website “Notes from Susan: Inocente Screening at MSU.”

Event Photographer. “Conference on College Composition and Communication.” Portland, March 2017. Featured on WRAC Stories’ article “WRAC Completes Busy Week at National Conferences.”

Event Photographer. “Kate Birdsall Reads from The Flats: A Liz Boyle Mystery.” Greater Lansing Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. East Lansing, January 2017.

Promotional Materials Photographer. Stepping Stones Montessori in East Lansing. East Lansing, October, 2016.

Event Photographer. “Cultural Rhetorics Conference.” East Lansing, October 2016.