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Animating the conversation about women in media production

Exploring the history of women in animation

Professor Chrissy Guest has spent the last three years researching the role of women in the field of animation and developing her documentary series Beyond Ink & Paint: The Women of Animation which explores the victories and challenges of women who have helped shape the industry. 

Her film has been picked up by festivals including the 2019 Women of Wonder Film Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art on Saturday, March 16th,  and she's been interviewed by NPR about the role of traditional film studios in representing women.  

“We’ve seen that Disney as a company has really been trying to embrace at least gender diversity not only on-screen, but behind the scenes, and that’s evident in Moana in the sense that it’s a story about a young girl. It’s really about her relationship with her grandmother, with leadership, leadership qualities, and being told over and over again you can’t do something, and still doing it.” 

Mentoring Park School women

Professor Guest also spends a lot of her time developing opportunities for students -- especially women.  She's led trips to NYC and to the National Comedy Center which features the career of Lucille Ball. She's been the advisor for our chapter of Women in Communications and is a mentor to our Women's Volleyball team.  She encouraged Lexy White to apply for a Television Academy internship which paired her with the STARZ Network.  Lexy says:

"My Professor, advisor, boss, school mom, and mentor, Chrissy Guest, encouraged me to apply and I wouldn't have this opportunity without her confidence in my abilities. I wanted a program that was more than an internship, but a way to connect and grow with my peers from all across the country. I am incredibly passionate about digital content which is why I'm excited to gain hands-on experience in connecting audiences on digital platforms with this opportunity through the TV Academy Foundation. "

Professor Guest also teaches a cutting-edge course in live remote television production - her classes set up portable multi-camera rigs to cover sports, concerts, live events like the downtown Ithaca Wizarding Weekend, and the Ithaca College's 125th anniversary Community Celebration livestream which won the Student Open Award of Excellence at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) On-Location Creative Competition Conference in October 2018.

Award-winning teaching

Chrissy Guest receiveing award for teaching

Professor Guest received the University Film and Video Association’s 2019 Teaching Award. The award presentation took place during a red-carpet event on Friday, August 2nd during the UFVA annual conference.  The awrds committee was impressed with the rigor, thoroughness, and thoughtfulness of her materials and teaching philosophy and her work toward inclusive teaching.”