The Women in the Director's Chair International Film & Video Festival, now in its 13th year, has an early program on Sunday, March 13, and then runs from Thursday through Sunday, March 17 through 20. It highlights shorts as well as features by women, including documentary, animated, narrative, and experimental works. Screenings are at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division; the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th St.; Randolph Street Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee; and Columbia College, 624 S. Michigan. Tickets are $6, $4 for Women in the Director's Chair members, students, and senior citizens with a valid ID; festival passes are also available. For more information call 281-4988.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
A program honoring "three generations of Chicago video artists": Janice Tanaka's "Who's Going to Pay for These Donuts Anyway?", Mindy Faber's provocative Delirium, and Andrea Cross's Projections (all 1993). (Chicago Filmmakers, 7:00)
THURSDAY, MARCH 17
A program of recent works by Latina artists, including two Chicago video premieres, Marta N. Bautis's video Home Is Struggle (1992) and Ximena Cuevas's Bleeding Heart (1993). Also on the program: Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia's video The Couple in the Cage: A Guatinaui Odyssey (1993), Dora Guerra's film La muchacha (1990), and Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez's video Ochun-Oricha (1990). (Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 7:00)
Three videos: Cindy Robateau's Belizian Self-Portrait (1993), Ngozi Onwurah's And Still I Rise (1993) from Great Britain, and Joan Braderman's Joan Sees Stars (1993). The Braderman tape, the only one in this batch that I've seen, offers a highly personal and angry critique of the ideological system of movie stars; like her earlier Joan Does Dynasty, it combines images of Braderman with images she critiques in witty, inventive ways. (Chicago Filmmakers, 7:30)
Two films: Anna Gronau and Shelly Niro's It Starts With a Whisper and Ilya Chaiken's The Actress. And two videos: Karen Kew and Ed Sinclair's Canadian Chasing the Dragon and Michelle Parkerson's "Odds and Ends" (A New Age Amazon Fable). All were made last year. (Chicago Filmmakers, 9:15)