What The Femme: Combatting Patriarchal Demons - Virtual Class

What do Buffy and other badass teen characters teach us about how female power is constructed in our narratives and how much male control of these narratives changes how we see them? Taught by Kris Hambrick.

March 23, 2021


In 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed the way we look at TV, vampires, and young powerful women forever. But what makes empowered ass-kickers like Buffy Summers and other teen heroines so special? This What The Femme class will explore the way dynamic young women navigate responsibility and freedom, love and loss, the real and the supernatural, and how those themes have been treated in film from The Wizard of Oz to I Kill Giants. With special attention to TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Williams' journey to find her baby brother in Labyrinth, and the psychological fantasy of Sucker Punch join us to explore how complex subjects can be treated in a fantasy setting, how female power is constructed in our narratives, and ultimately how much male control of these narratives changes how we see them. 

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.



Tuesday, March 23, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Presented via Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructor and SIFF Education programming.


Registrants are encouraged to have viewed or be familiar with the films listed below. There will be multiple video clips, though there will potentially be spoilers for the primary films in the class. Each title links to a webpage that lists where the films are available to stream online.

What The Femme is a SIFF Education series exploring female-representing character archetypes in cinema through analyzing the roles of women in horror, science fiction, and fantasy films. Each session will explore one character or archetype through several primary films, though likely more will be referenced. This education extension of SIFF's WTF Festival programming is curated by Colleen O'Holleran.


Kris 'Pepper' Hambrick is an educator and actor whose previous SIFF class was 2019's "A Century of Sherlock."