Institute History

  • 2018 Sundance Film Festival


A new HBO nonfiction series inspired by the eponymous feminist newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, Lenny covers current events, pop culture moments, and everything in between to connect with women of every shape, size, mindset, religion, and aspiration. Each episode features a collection of short-subject films unified around a theme. The six pieces comprising the pilot, “Women in Pursuit,” pulse with provocative experiences and surprising lenses, gleefully delving into sex, identity, culture and death.

In the short “Orgasmic Meditation,” women heal from trauma through assisted, hyper-conscious orgasm. Exploring how community forms in gender-segregated spaces, “J’Adore Nawal” joins a group of Muslim women in a suburban Illinois hair salon. In “Dead Is Better,” a writer investigates the thing she most fears. A high school girl turns to a computer game to take control of her life in the animated “Laws of Another Universe” (adapted directly from a Lenny newsletter essay). Finally, in “Funny Girls,” high schoolers at Second City Comedy Camp lay bare personal struggles to locate the funny girls within.

Screens with Eve
Eve, a 74-year-old widow after 30 years of marriage, journeys through grief, sexual passion, and renewal.

— C.L.

Screening Details

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