What The Femme!: Vamps

Explore the history of 'vamps' from silent film sexuality to film noir's femme fatales to otherworldly vampires and succubi with WTF Programmer Colleen O'Holleran

February 29, 2020


In the early days of cinema, the term, "vamp," was interchangeable with "femme fatale" - referring to women marked as excessively sexual who step outside of socially acceptable behavior to achieve their goals. This class will look at the vamp archetype in cinema, investigating how the role of the femme fatale is woven through film noir as well as through otherwordly characters like vampires and succubi in genre films. From Theda Bara in the silent film era to Karyn Kusama's underappreciated Jennifer's Body, join WTFemme! to explore the history of Vamps.

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this event.


Saturday, February 29, 2020

SIFF Film Center

1:00 PM

Class Specifics:
Saturday, February 29, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SIFF Film Center
$20 | $15 SIFF Members

Certificated Educators: 
This class is available for 3 Continuing Education Clock Hours through the Puget Sound Educational Service District. There is additional administrative cost through the ESD to redeem the hours. See additional clock hour class offerings and email us if you have any questions.

Recommended Pre-Class Viewing: The Lady from Shanghai (1947), The Hunger (1983), and Jennifer's Body (2009)

About the Instructor:
Colleen O'Holleran has been programming for SIFF's WTF lineup since 2017 and is the co-creator and curator for SIFF's What The Femme! education series. She has worked in Africa, Asia, and the Americas as a facilitator for women's rights and social justice programs and is currently an education program manager for a global tech training program. Colleen pairs her backgrounds in genre cinema and education with the passion of a die-hard fan.

About What The Femme!:
Each WTFemme! session will explore through lecture and conversation: How does the male gaze influence the dimensionality of the character? How have these character archetypes evolved or changed over time based on societal politics and norms? What are thematic similarities or differences in plots with a particular archetype? Prepare to analyze female characters in your favorite films while expanding your list of movies to watch as you discuss both the problematic and empowering depictions of women in genre cinema.