Shewired.com reviews Bye Bi Love at the Chicago Reeling Film Festival: "Giovanna Chesler's Bye Bi Love was one of the more fleshed out and solid shorts of the two programs." 11/16/10
Interview with Giovanna at Prideindex.com about her recent film and other work. 11/3/10
Arizona Daily Star buzzes about the screening of Bye Bi Love at Lesbian Looks. 2/17/11
Programmer KJ Mohr blogs: "I have programmed several of her works in various settings over the past ten years and each time I am struck by the beauty of her composition and by how genuine her work is, how heartfelt. But the most obvious thing I think of when I think of Chesler's work is her ability to fluidly move between genres and to do each genre excellently and authentically." - 10/12/10
Period reviewed in Films for the Feminist Classroom in Signs. Sharra Vostral writes "The interviews [in Period] reveal deeply held understandings about menstruation, and how individuals grapple with conflicting advice, beliefs, and social dictates." - 2010
Feminist Film Review raves about Bye Bi Love: "It looked great, and felt pretty good too. Watching it was like mainlining gossip without the guilt: I cringed at Vera's situation (no "plus one" on the wedding invitation you send your ex? Damn!)...The ending was completely and utterly satisfying. Find it. Watch it. And look out for Giovanna Chesler's next big thing, because it's gonna be awesome." - Summer 2010
A Mentor Worth Watching:
The Films of Giovanna Chesler
Afterimage, Volume 36: Number 3, pp 14 - 1
"Period and Tune in HPV support my conviction that Chesler's natural aptitude and inclination point to a future in activist filmmaking, documentary or otherwise. She speaks too well for others to let this talent lay fallow, and it is evident from her body of work that she knows silence serves no one. In Period, one woman suggests that one of the reasons menstruation continues to be a cultural taboo, one shrouded in embarrassment and shame, is because women 'have not been mentored into the complexity of cycles.' In innumerable ways, Chesler's films are a form of mentoring. Not only for the next generation but for any and all women who have not been encouraged to find their own voice and vision. Chesler has clearly found hers and the world is wiser for her sharing it." - Alisia Chase
Tune in HPV - a web television channel for awareness, entertainment and expression about HPV (human papillomavirus) built in partnership with the Washington D.C. Department of Health and the Center for Social Media at American University.
UCSD Professor David Serlin begins his new book Imagining Illness through a discussion of HPV Boredom 2. Read why on this Minnesota Press blog. 3/2/11
Diverse Issues in Higher Education Film Scholar at the Forefront of a Womens Sexual Health Issue, 5/08
Period: The End of Menstruation
New York Times feature article: Pill That Eliminates the Period Gets Mixed Reviews by Stephanie Saul and video piece: Going Against the Flow by Shayla Harris. April 20, 2007 "At the alternative Bluestockings Bookstore on the Lower East Side of Manhattan early this month, several dozen women gathered for the New York premiere of “Period: The End of Menstruation?,” Ms. Chesler’s hourlong documentary. It explores the idea of suppressing the menstrual period but leaves the viewer to make up her own mind."
UK Guardian, "It's In the Blood" by Kira Cochrane, 10/2/09
USA Today "Menstruation: A Cycle of Pain or Creativity" by Kim Painter, 6/11/07
Review in Canadian Women's Health Network Magazine - Spring/Summer 2007 "The film asks a simple question – 'what does menstruation mean to women?' -- and shares answers both compelling and complex." (from link, scroll down to see review)
Rue 89, France, "A pill to put an end to the Ragnagnas" 5/5/07
El Mundo, Spain, "A New Contraceptive Pill Reopens the Debate on the End of Menstruation" 4/23/07
San Diego Union Tribune, "Birth Control Pill That Halts Periods Approved" 5/07
Television interview, KUSI - Inside San Diego, 4/23/07
Radio interview, Spoiler Alert Radio, 5/07
Report from talk at Making Your Media Matter Conference, Center for Social Media Blog, American University, 2/08.
VUE Weekly, "Should Women Make a Full Stop of the Period?" 11/07
Daily Trojan, USC, "Saying Hello to Aunt Flo on the Big Screen" 10/07
Profiled on MTV Live! Canada Feb 19, 2007: Episode on menstruation and interview with Giovanna Chesler, clips from Period.
Review in Bust Magazine - Dec / Jan 06/07, p.100 "Chesler offers a dialogue here that is relentlessly intelligent, ecumenical, and profoundly sensitive to the varying perspectives of women and girls who must ultimately make their own menstrual choices." S. May, Bust Magazine.
Review in Sex Roles - October 2006 "There is often a cloud of shame and guilt shading menstruation that prevents open dialogue. Chesler has lifted that cloud..."
Review in Video Librarian - October 2006 "The debate here is rich and varied... An interesting documentary on that time of the month that is definitely recommended."
A. Cantu, Video Librarian
Recommended in Our Bodies Ourselves - 2005
Recommended screening in Chicago Reader - 2006
In Citybeat, San Diego - November 2005
Radio Interview, Holy Hormones, Honey! or the greatest story never told, June 2006
Radio Interview, Ladybug Live, June 2006
Recommended flofilm on Moltx - 2005
Recommendation in San Diego Reader, May 2005 of DVD collection including hand-some and BeauteouS: The Trilogy
Voice of San Diego, August 2005 Interview about programming Trumpetistically Clora Bryant for SDWFF Summer Series
Giovanna's DVD recommendations in San Diego Reader, November 2005
Release Print, March 2004, Film Arts Foundation, Article on Short Film Festivals and Giovanna's experience at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films.
BeauteouS: The Trilogy
Gay and Lesbian Times, Sept 04
KPBS review of the trilogy Sept 04
Video Librarian Review, April 2004
City Beat, San Diego, review, February 2004
UCSD Press Release for Trilogy Screening, February 2004
La Jolla Times, February 2004
Voice of San Diego, November 05
Dyke Diva, April 05
Metro Weekly, Washington D.C. gives BeauteouS 5 stars!
The Lounge radio interview, Sept 2003 - transcript forthcoming
The Lavender Lens, review, Sept 2003
Gay and Lesbian Times interview, Sept 2003
Film Close Ups radio interview, Sept 2001 - Transcript of Peter Crimmins' in-depth interview with Giovanna about BeauteouS: Stephanie for public radio
Film/Tape World, Sept 2001 - BeauteouS: Stephanie is featured in the article "MadCat presents women-made films".