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Professor Chesler is a Director and Producer of documentary and fiction film through her production company G6 Pictures. They earned an M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State (Most Distinguished Graduate) and a B.A. from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in Anthropology and a minor in Women’s Studies (with Highest Honors.) Professor Chesler directs documentary and narrative films addressing themes of the body, sexuality, and gender. Giovanna’s films have been exhibited at over 300 film festivals worldwide and in museums and gallery spaces including Anthology Film Archives, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, La Jolla Contemporary Art Museum, New Orleans International Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and more. Their new short fiction film The Pick Up (2018, 10 min, RED) is currently screening on the festival circuit and was awarded Best Short Film (Audience Award) at image+nation Montreal and Best Short Fiction Film (Audience Award) Cineaffable Paris Lesbian Feminist Film Festival. Java (2017, 11 min, RED) just completed its festival run. Recently, Chesler worked as Associate Producer and Co-Editor on Zeinabu irene Davis' feature documentary Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA which was awarded Best Diaspora Documentary at the African Academy Awards and Best Documentary – Jury and Audience at Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia. Giovanna produced the POV / ITVS funded documentary feature Out in the Night (dorosh-walther, 2015) which won fifteen awards and launched the United Nations’ Free + Equal film campaign in 70 countries. As a Producer, Chesler was selected to participate in the Film Independent Artist Development Program Fast Track and has been recognized by the Washington DC Office of Cable Television and Film as a Filmmaker of the Month. Giovanna’s scholarship focuses on sound, documentary and community engaged learning. They teach courses in fiction directing and screenwriting and transmedia and interactive storytelling
Giovanna earned an M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State (Most Distinguished Graduate) and a B.A. from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in Anthropology (with Highest Distinction) and a minor in Women’s Studies.
Giovanna is an active member of Film Independent and University Film and Video Association and is a 2019 Media Arts Fellow - D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
MFA, Cinema, San Francisco University
BA, Anthropology, University of Virginia
Faculty Rank: Associate Professor