Writer/director Shelli Ainsworth is a Minneapolis-based artist whose work in experimental theater and film has earned her national recognition. Her first feature film, STAY THEN GO, has been an official selection in film festivals across the country, as well as the official selection for the Southern Circuit, a highly-regarded touring program. For STAY THEN GO, Ms. Ainsworth received the “Pioneering Women in Screenwriting” award from the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.
Women’s Week 2018
10/11/18 | 7:30PM | Aunt Phyl: A Staged Reading
Waters Edge Cinema, 237 Commercial Street • Free
Written and directed by Shelli Ainsworth, AUNT PHYL shares the story of a smart, independent young woman from a mid-century factory town, where the most common ambition among her class-of-’49 high school peers is an engagement ring upon graduation. Through the support of a few like-minded friends, she defies the social, sexual mores of the time, all while seeking – and finding – her own dazzling and often fraught version of The American Dream. An episodic series visually inspired by early television, AUNT PHYL was conceived during the inaugural Women’s Residency in 2015. The first two episodes will undergo a dramatic reading during this years’ Women’s Week.