Friday, September 16, 2016

[088] Women’s and Gender Studies lecture includes ‘Lift Like a Girl’ screening Sept. 15

MURFREESBORO — A 40-year-old Tennessee mother’s personal discovery of fitness and body image will be the subject of MTSU’s first fall 2016 Women’s and Gender Studies Research Series lecture.

“Lift Like a Girl,” a short documentary produced and directed by MTSU assistant professor Allie Sultan, will be shown at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Room 100 of the James Union Building. A printable campus parking map is available at

Sultan, who teaches in the Department of Electronic Media Communication, will use the screening as a catalyst for discussion under the theme of “Women Creating Women: Issues of Representation in the Media.”

“We made this film to challenge images and ideas of beauty in our media culture,” said Sultan. “We look forward to sharing the film and discussing women’s representation in the media with students, faculty and staff at MTSU.”

The documentary tells the story of MTSU alumna Jenny Lutkins, a 40-year-old Franklin, Tennessee, resident who became frustrated with numerous unsuccessful diet and exercise regimens following the birth of her son.

When Lutkins turned to weightlifting, it transformed her concepts of feminine health and beauty. Now, as a coach, she imparts what she has learned to young female weightlifters.

The film captured the Grand Jury Prize for Best Tennessee Documentary Short at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival, third place in the Best Documentary Short category and second place in the Best Tennessee Documentary category at the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival, and the Audience Award in the 2015 Fusion International Documentary Challenge.

Sultan has more than 15 years of experience as a picture and sound editor for films, documentaries, reality television and visual effects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in recording industry from MTSU and her master’s degree in cinema from San Francisco State University.

Each academic year, the Women’s and Gender Studies Research Lecture Series presents a wide range of feminist perspectives from MTSU faculty and students at informal gatherings.

This event is free and open to the public. Off-campus visitors attending the event should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at

For more information, contact the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at 615-898-5910 or

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