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2003 schedule
PRELUDE
co-sponsored by
The Department of Anthropology
The Department of Women's Studies
The Committee on LGBT Studies
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
UA Pride Alliance
Arizona Center for the Media Arts, and the
Slavin Fund for Excellence in the Media Arts
FEB. 21, 7:30pm
AME Auditorium / NE corner Mountain/Speedway at 7:30 p.m. / FREE
THE ODDS OF RECOVERY
(Su Friedrich / 2002)

Su Friedrich

Award-winning experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich screens her terrific new film,The Odds of Recovery, a film about six surgeries, one bad hormone problem, a fifteen-year relationship and the onset of middle age. Acclaimed filmmaker of Sink or Swim and Hide & Seek, Su Friedrich documents her personal journey through a multitude of often unexplained illnesses and the problems she faced while encountering the medical establishment.

Odds of Recovery

The journey through an exasperating health care system is just part of the story, which also exposes ways in which Friedrich had ignored her body, as she now is forced to consider the spectres of middle age, menopause and death.

Friedrich takes a very direct approach to the subject by showing herself in numerous doctors' offices dealing with an assortment of problems, ranging from diseased organs to broken bones to a major hormone imbalance. As she endures a seemingly endless string of standard Western treatments, she also explores alternative preventive methods in her daily life: T'ai Chi, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and the Zen of gardening. Friedrich lays bare her medical history while acknowledging her all too human inclination to avoid conflict and to deny the need for radical change.

"Friedrich makes flinty and form-minded, extremely pragmatic, highly personal, affecting movies." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Photo of Su Friedrich taken by Rebecca McBride.

 

OPENING NIGHT
SATURDAY, SEPT. 20
MODERN LANGUAGES AUDITORIUM / FREE
NO SECRET ANYMORE
Del and Phyllis

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon have been partners in love and political struggle for fifty years. With incisive interviews, rare archival images and warmhearted humor, Joan Biren's 2003 film reveals their inspiring public work, as well as their charming private relationship. When they courageously launched the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955, it became the first public organization for lesbians in America. Today, these tireless activists are educating both the LGBT and aging movements on the needs of older lesbians.

PLUS
Club Q: The Legendary
Dance Party For Women
(Kristen Wolf, 2003)
Traces the rise of this unique San Francisco scene.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 4
MODERN LANGUAGES AUDITORIUM / FREE
CORNUCOPIA OF SHORTS
Camoflouge Pink

A diverse array of dramatic, comic, experimental and documentary shorts. Afterschool Delight (Eve Bregman, 2003) finds 12-year-old Scout and Angie checking out Playboys in her brother's room, while Camouflage Pink (Carolyn Caizzi and Laura Rodriguez, 2002) and Peeling (Heidi Bollock, 2002) feature teenagers with some secrets of their own. Lauren Cook's The Fair and The Weak (2002) deftly draws on 50s educational films to consider her own coming of age. Butch Mystique, winner of this year's Best Short award at San Francisco's Frameline festival (Debra Wilson, 2003), features articulate and thoughtful butch women musing on the mysteries of identity.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 18
MODERN LANGUAGES AUDITORIUM / FREE
ROBIN'S HOOD
Robin's Hood

Dubbed by critics "the little film that could," Sara Millman's first feature recasts the Robin Hood legend as an urban romance between an idealistic social worker and a charming French thief. The streets and alleys of Oakland take the place of Sherwood Forest, and the evil king is institutionalized racism and poverty. These partners in love and crime face an uncertain future, as Brooklyn's drive to steal from the rich fuels Robin's fire to give to the poor. "a disarmingly sexy blue-collar romance...full of heart and electric chemistry between the two exceptionally gorgeous leads" (Outfest review).

PLUS
Letter to A.K.
(Leilani Lumen / 2002)

Lyrical reflection on an irresistible yet impossible ex.