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Event: Ladyfest Philly Film Series, May 2013

Ladyfest Philadelphia Film Series!

Websitehttp://www.ladyfestphilly.com/film

Wednesday, May 1

16mm Short Film Screening

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

8:00 PM; Free (donations welcome)

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 


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Event: At the Helm: Women Filmmakers with María Teresa Rodríguez

At the Helm: Women Filmmakers

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When: April 3, 2013

  • 5-7 pm: Master Class. 1408 Terra Hall
  • 8 pm: Film Screening. Connelly Auditorium, 806 Terra Hall

Where: University of the Arts, Terra Hall

Websitehttp://uarts.edu/events/alumni/2013/04/helm-women-filmmakers

The University of the Arts School of Film presents “At the Helm: Women Filmmakers,” a visiting artist program with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The new program continues with a master class, film screening and Q&A session by award-winning filmmaker María Teresa Rodríguez.

“María Teresa Rodríguez: The Many Faces of Documentary” master class will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in 1408 Terra Hall. The class is free and open to the public and the University community, but there is limited space and pre-registration is required. Please e-mail egoidel@uarts.edu to reserve your spot.

Beginning with clips from her short student works, which were screened internationally in film festivals, to her present day long form non-fiction, María will discuss the changing face of the documentary over the last decade, as well as touch upon funding, the film festival circuit, and distribution.

A screening of “Niños de la Memoria” will be held at 8 p.m. in Connelly Auditorium, 806 Terra Hall, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. The screening is free and open to the public and the University community.

About Niños de la Memoria
Niños de la Memoria tells the story of the search for hundreds of children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Salvadoran army. Taken away from the massacre sites by soldiers, some grew up in orphanages or were adopted abroad, losing their history and identity. Niños de la Memoria weaves together three separate yet intertwined journeys in the search for family, identity and justice in El Salvador, and asks the larger question: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past?

About María Teresa Rodríguez
María Teresa Rodríguez is a filmmaker, producer and teaching artist. Her work has won awards in film festivals around the world and has been broadcast nationally on PBS. She recently finished the ITVS & Sundance funded documentary “Niños de la Memoria/Children of Memory” with co-producer Kathryn Smith Pyle. The film, which received a LASA Award of Merit, is currently on the festival circuit. Her previous work includes “Mirror Dance/La Danza del Espejo” (with Frances McElroy), which was broadcast on the PBS Series Independent Lens, received a LASA Award of Merit, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, a First Place for Television Documentary award from the Society of Professional Journalists (Philadelphia Chapter) and was an Imagen Award Documentary Finalist. María worked with Vital Pictures and California Newsreel on the series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” which was broadcast nationally on PBS and received a 2009 duPont- Columbia Award in Television and Radio News, a 2009 Council on Foundations Henry Hampton Award and a 2009 Communication Award in TV/Radio/Film from the National Academies. Other work includes: “From Here to There/De Aquí a Allá” which received a First Place Award for Short Documentary at the XVII International Film Festival of Uruguay and “Morningtide,” which won 11 awards internationally. María is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Leeway Transformation Award which recognizes the work of women artists engaged in social change. She is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar.

Terra Hall

211 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

United States

Event: Health & Wellness Education Prog for Trans Women

THE HEALTH & WELLNESS EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR TRANSGENDER WOMEN

Every Tuesday, January 29-March 5
3-5pm
Philadelphia AIDS Consortium (112 N. Broad St.), 5th Floor Conference Room
This free six-week class will give Transgender women a basic education in various health topics, all aimed at increasing their overall health and wellness. The topics discussed have been pinpointed as the most pertinent health topics for Transgender women. This training will provide a strong platform from which they can begin to make healthy choices for themselves in the future. This program is for Transgender women ONLY. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Contact Deepa Kamarsu or Yoshi Yamasaki for more information.