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Event: Ladyfest Philly Film Series, May 2013

Ladyfest Philadelphia Film Series!


Wednesday, May 1

16mm Short Film Screening

at AUX (319 N. 11th Street, 3rd floor)

8:00 PM; Free (donations welcome)


The first screening in the series consists of short 16mm films by women made before 1980. These classics include the first film by an openly lesbian filmmaker (Barbara Hammer’s Dyketactics), innovative computer animation techniques pioneered by Bell Labs artist-in-residence Lillian Schwartz and the sarcastic Pop Art shorts of Gunvor Nelson. The films will be projected in their original 16mm format.

Friday, May 10

Ladies and Gentlemen… The Fabulous Stains

at International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street)

8:00 PM; $9 general admission, $7 students/seniors, Free for IHP membersBuy tickets

Directed by Lou Adler, US, 1982, 35mm, 87 minutes — rare 35mm archival print!

With an introduction by rock critic Sara Sherr


The original riot grrl film, Ladies and Gentlemen… The Fabulous Stains was tepidly made and not-actually-released by Paramount in the early 1980s. A tumultuous production and disastrous preview showings led the film to be shelved. When it later ended up on late-night TV and in repertory theaters it became a cult hit, inspiring rockers like Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill and Courtney Love to pick up their instruments.

Recently orphaned Corrine “Third Degree” Burns (a 14-year-old Diane Lane) enlists her cousin (Laura Dern) and sister to launch a punk rock band, The Stains. Three rehearsals later, the band scores the opening slot on a cross-country tour with aging metal act The Metal Corpses and British punk rockers The Looters. The Stains meteoric rise—and equally lightening-quick fall—owes more to TV exposure than to talent. Featuring real-life punks (Paul Simenon of The Clash, Steve Jones and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols), outrageous fashions and The Stains’ post-punk hits “Waste of Time” and “Join the Professionals,”Ladies and Gentlemen…The Fabulous Stains is a sarcastic and hilarious look at the early 1980s punk scene.

Sara Sherr is a Philadelphia-based rock critic and host of Sugar Town, a 12-year-old monthly music series for female and female-identified musicians, performers, and DJ’s. She co-ran independent booking agency Plain Parade from 2002-2006 and is an organizer for the Phreak N Queer Arts & Music Festival and Ladyfest Philadelphia.

Friday, May 17

The Watermelon Woman

at AUX (319 N. 11th Street, 3rd floor)

8:00 PM; Free (donations welcome)

Directed by Cheryl Dunye, US, 1997, DVD, 85 min.


Cheryl Dunye’s debut feature is as controversial as it is sexy and funny. Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 1930’s. Cheryl is surprised to discover that Richards (known popularly as “the Watermelon Woman”) had a white lesbian lover. At the same time, Cheryl falls in love with a very cute white customer at the video store (Guinevere Turner from Go Fish).

Such are the complexities of race and sex in this startlingly fresh debut, which has been attacked by conservative Congressmen for having been funded by the NEA and lavishingly praised in the editorial pages for being charming and courageous.

Thursday, May 23

Women’s Cinema in the 21st Century

at AUX (319 N. 11th Street, 3rd floor)

8:00 PM; Free (donations welcome)

The final evening in the Ladyfest Film Series, this program highlights recent perspectives on gender oppression, liberation and contemporary cinema. Multiple experiences are represented in the selection of short films by directors from Eastern Europe, France and the US. All made in the 21st century.






Event: Screening & Director’s Talk: Mosquito y Mari by Aurora Guerrero


Tuesday, April 9
Room A8, DRL (209 S. 33rd St), University of Pennyslvania

Penn for Imigrant Rights and Queer People of Color are teaming up for the first time to bring you Aurora Guerrero, Chicana female filmmaker and LGBT director and screenwriter. We will be screening her first film Mosquita y Mari and a Q&A after the film to discuss her work with LGBT and immigrant communities and upcoming projects.

This is a great follow-up to Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez’s screenings last week!

Event: Film Screening & Director’s Talk: Contradictions of Fair Hope

Film Screening & Director’s Talk:

The Contradictions of Fair Hope

When: March 12, 7 pm

Where: International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street)

a film by S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf
USA, 2012, 67 min

Cost: $10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members

S. Epatha Merkerson in person

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia and Reelblack

July 1865. Over 4 million slaves have been freed. Forced to roam the antebellum countryside, many of them are ill prepared and unable to cope with the realities of their new found freedom. This documentary examines a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed “benevolent societies” to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper’s grave.

The Contradictions of Fair Hope sets the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, and traces the development, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies, known as “The Fair Hope Benevolent Society” in Uniontown, Alabama.

Through gripping human stories of some of the last surviving society members and interviews with historians and local residents, the film provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous world of Fair Hope juxtaposed against the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual “Foot Wash” celebration.


S. Epatha Merkerson (Executive Producer, Co-Director) is best known for her portrayal of Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on NBC’s Law and Order (2006/2010/2011 Image Award). She received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, Gracie Allen and Image Award for her performance in the HBO movie Lackawanna Blues and can be seen in the upcoming film We The Peebles.

In theatre Ms. Merkerson has received one Helen Hayes Award, two Obie Awards two Lucille Lortel Award nominations and two Tony Award nominations. She has appeared in numerous television movies, made guest appearances in a variety of television series as well as appearing as a regular on PEEWEE’S PLAYHOUSE. She will be the host of TV One’s Find Our Missing. Ms. Merkerson earned a BFA degree from Wayne State University where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2009. The Contradictions of Fair Hope is Ms. Merkerson’s first feature film project.

Rockell Metcalf (Executive Producer, Co-Director, Writer) is Vice President and Chief Counsel at Amerprise Financial, Inc., where he concentrates on brokerdealer, marketing and banking law, Mr. Metcalf received his LL.M from Columbia Law School and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review. Mr. Metcalf served as federal clerk to Chief Judge U.W. Clemon in the Northern District of Alabama. He received his B.A., with distinction, from Talladega College. He is co-author of the Practical Guide to Broker-Dealer Regulation, and he obtained a 2008 U.S. Patent for a “System and Method for Dividing a Remittance and Distributing a Portion of the Funds to Multiple Investment Products.” Mr. Metcalf serves on the boards of Bird, Bonnette & Stauderman Worldwide, Inc. and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The Contradictions of Fair Hope is Mr. Metcalf’s first feature film project.

Producers’ Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Event: Intersectionality, Cultural Expression, & Art w/ Paul Farber

Tuesday, February 19
LGBT Center (3907 Spruce St), Univ. of Pennsylvania

Join Lambda Alliance, UMOJA, QPOC, and Race Dialogue Project in a discussion of queer figures in the Civil Rights Movement with a focus on the impact of James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin, and Audre Lorde. What connections can be made with the present day? How do issues of identity and Civil Rights intersect? Featuring Paul Farber, Lecturer in Urban Studies and co-author of This is the Day: The March on Washington and a discussion afterwards.

Film Screening: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights

Film Screening:

The Powerbroker, Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil Rights

When: February 28, 6:30 pm

Where: PhillyCAM (699 Ranstead Street)

ITVS Community Cinema, in partnership with WHYY, PhillyCAM and ReelBlack, will be presenting a free screening of The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil Rights on 6:30pm  on February 28 at PhillyCAM (699 Ranstead Street). The film tells the story of a national civil rights leader, Whitney Young, whose story is shared less often than other civil rights leaders.This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Please click RSVP to reserve your seat.

About the Film

Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial — leaders of the civil rights era. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. Young had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders, and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.

Event: Social Justice Media Making with Aishah Shahidah Simmons & Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez

Social Justice Media Making:

A Conversation with Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez and Aishah Shahidah Simmons

When: Monday, April 1, 2013 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Where: Temple University, 812 Anderson Hall (Women’s Studies Lounge)

This event brings together two contemporary activist-artists whose multimedia and multifaceted work demonstrates the best that social justice media making can embody: Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez, a Queer Latin@, Columbian-American video artist with a long history of work in the community arts movement, and Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist.

These two vibrant artist-activists will discuss the importance of media production for marginalized communities, examining how marginalized communities have and can mobilize media making tools in the service of social justice. Each speaker will also discuss their own media making practices as well as tactics for using media to fight violences of capitalism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, sexual assault, and the prison industrial complex.

Enríquez-Enríquez has made a number of award-winning multimedia video installations including Un/binding Desires, Escrito, Intimate Margins, and Reclaiming Spaces, and Simmons is the director of the award-winning film NO!: The Rape Documentary.

Event: Melissa Harris-Perry on “Which Women?: Race, Class, Sexuality & the Continuing War on Women”

Melissa Harris-Perry

“Which Women?:

Race, Class, Sexuality and the Continuing War on Women”

Judith R. Berkowitz Lecture in Women’s Studies for 2013

When: Thursday, February 28, 2013 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Where: Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum. Access via 33rd Street Museum entrance just south of Spruce Street.


The Alice Paul Center, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and the Penn Consortium for Undergraduate Women are pleased to present:

Melissa Harris-Perry “Which Women? Race, Class, Sexuality and the Continuing War on Women”


Melissa V. Harris-Perry is host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry.” The show airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to noon ET. Harris-Perry is also professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University.

Harris-Perry is author of the well received book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale, 2011), which argues that persistent harmful stereotypes profoundly shape black women’s politics, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly, and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is not guaranteed. Doors will open at 5pm. The lecture and q&a will begin at 5:30pm and end just before 7:00pm. Melissa Harris-Perry will be signing books from 7-8pm. The Penn Book Center will have Harris-Perry’s books available for purchase at the event.

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication, the Center for Africana Studies, the Political Science Department, the Trustees Council of Penn Women, the Penn Women’s Center, and the Greenfield Intercultural Center.