Women’s Film Preservation Fund, Program 1: “Pretty Women”
Introduced by Drake Stutesman, Co-Chair, The Women’s Film Preservation Fund. Post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Liane Brandon and Lisa Crafts
Sunday, November 7, 2010, 1:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Includes the following films:
1976. USA. Directed by Lisa Crafts. Set to a funky jazz score, this deceptively erotic animation short celebrating the joyfulness of lovemaking. 5 min.
All Women Are Equal
1972. USA. Directed by Marguerite Paris. A pioneering documentary short that explores the life of Paula, a male to female transsexual. Made before many other films on the subject, Paris’s film is a non-exploitative depiction of an ordinary, well-adjusted transgendered person. Preserved by MIX: New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival. 15 min.
Betty Tells Her Story
1972. USA. Directed by Liane Brandon. Brandon’s film observes a woman in two takes, from dual perspectives, as she describes the purchase of a dress. 20 min.
Anything You Want to Be
1971. USA. Directed by Liane Brandon. In a series of vignettes, a teenage girl discovers that despite her parents’ assurance that she can “be anything she wants to be,” reality sometimes throws a curveball. 8 min.
ca. 1974. USA. Directed by Jane Morrison. A Super 8mm film (blown up to 16mm) by the late documentarian that reveals the private world of women and their toilet. Preserved by Northeast Historic Films. 8 min.
MoMA celebrates its ongoing relationship with New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) by presenting two programs preserved through its Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF). The WFPF was founded in 1995 by The Museum of Modern Art and NYWIFT in order to preserve the cultural legacy of women in the film industry. The only fund of its kind, the WFPF has provided financial support for the preservation of over 80 short and feature films.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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