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Giovanna Chesler

Associate Professor and Program Director of Film and Video Studies

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  • 703-993-6198 (office)
  • College Hall, C100D
    4400 University Drive, MS 5D8
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Giovanna Chesler, (MFA in cinema, San Francisco State; BA in anthropology, University of Virginia) is director of the Film and Video Studies program, a professor in the communication department, head of the Film and Video Studies concentration in the master of interdisciplinary studies program, and affiliated faculty in women and gender studies. She teaches courses in film and video production and theory, and transmedia for social change. Chesler is a director and producer of documentary and fiction film through her production company, G6 Pictures.

Chesler is a producer on blair dorosh-walther’s documentary feature Out in the Nightwhich tells the story of four African-American lesbian friends who became criminals for defending themselves. Feature narrative work in development includes Java, a dramatic work of fiction around memory loss, trauma and an unlikely friendship.  Chesler’s documentary Period: The End of Menstruation? on cultural and medical trends in menstruation became a touchstone on the menstrual suppression debate. Her short films include Bye Bi Lovea fictional melodrama about a woman who gets an invitation to her ex-girlfriend's wedding; BeauteouS: The Trilogy (BeauteouS, BeauteouS: Giovanna and BeauteouS: Stephanie) a look at three sisters and their relationships with beauty; and hand-some, a reflexive documentary on a failing lesbian relationship.


MFA, Cinema, San Francisco University

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Appointment: Tenured

Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

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