Film Festival

2016 Film Festival



present: “GAME NOT OVER: Gender and Digital Culture”


The Women and Gender Studies Program at Oakland University will be featuring a screening of the film “GTFO: Get the f&#% out”, a documentary about women in gaming by Shannon Sun-Higginson.  (Some violent content, suggested for mature audiences)  Panel discussion and screening will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016 in the Human Health Building 1050.  Click here to view the poster.


Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with discrimination and misogyny.

In recent years, the gaming community has grown more diverse than ever.  This has led to a massive clash of values, and women receive the brunt of the consequences every day, with acts of harassment ranging from name calling to cyber vandalism and death threats.

Through interviews with video game developers, journalists, and academics, GTFO paints a complex picture of the video game industry, while revealing the systemic and human motivations behind acts of harassment.  It delves into such topics as the portrayal of women in video games, the history of women in gaming, the experiences of women in the industry itself, the culture of games, and the discouragement of young girls from participating.  GTFO is the beginning of a larger conversation that will shape the future of the video game world.



 Shannon Sun-Higginson is a documentary filmmaker from New York City.  In 2009, her first documentary short “Hapa Perspectives” aired on Current TV.  She has worked as a Production Coordinator at Zero Point Zero Production on the documentary television programs “No Reservations” on The Travel Channel and “Parts Unknown” on CNN.

She has also worked as an Associate Producer on such programs as “City.Ballet” on AOL On and “The Getaway” on Esquire Network.  She is currently producing her second feature documentary about a family enduring an unspeakable tragedy, entitled “The Witman Project.”



Sam Srauy, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Communication & Journalism

Sarah Babbie, President, Oakland University Gaming Guild

Ashley Cox, Graduate Student, Psychology and Behavioral Health, Oakland University

Juliana Stewart, Oakland University alumna

Monica Ybarra, Oakland University Ethics Bowl member

Casey O’Donnell, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Media and Information, Michigan State



The Human Health Building is located in the northeast corner of OU’s campus, nestled into the intersection of Walton and Squirrel Roads. For more detailed directions to campus or a printer friendly map, visit us at



The Women and Gender Studies Program would like to thank the following departments and colleges on campus for their generous support of the 2016 WGS Film Festival: The College of Arts and Sciences; Modern Languages and Literatures; Cinema Studies; English; Communication and Journalism; History; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice; Kresge Library; WXOU Radio; Gender & Sexuality Center; and The Oakland Post.



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2012 - 2013     Bully 
2011 - 2012     Miss Representation
2010 - 2011     From Hysteria to Disorder:  Manufacturing Disorder of Female Sexual Desire
2009 - 2010     Women in War / Women on War
2008 - 2009     On Our Way to the White House?  Women and Electoral Politics
2007 - 2008     Revolutionary Women in the Work Force
2006 - 2007     Women and Globalization:  Merchants or Merchandise?
2005 - 2006    Why Can't I Look Like that Model?
2004 - 2005    Muslim Women, in their own words
2003 - 2004     Women and Sports
2002 - 2003     Are you a Woman? Or a Man?
2001 - 2002     Fast Talking Dames
2000 - 2001    Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood
1999 - 2000    All Dressed Up:  Underpinnings of Feminism in Film and Fashion
1998 - 1999    Breaking Silences:  Representations of Women in the Non-Western World
1997 - 1998    Journey to Community:  Women, AIDS and Film
1996 - 1997    The Ties That Bind:  Families in Film
1995 - 1996     Women and Work in Contemporary Film
1994 - 1995     Telling Women's Lives