Film series “Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmakers” concludes with Bette Gordon’s “Variety” Tues., Mar. 22

Best Video Film & Cultural Center concludes the first installment of what will be a recurring film series highlighting up-and-coming and historically unrecognized women behind the camera. Raizine Bruton and Jules Larson, of BVFCC staff, chose three films for “Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmaking” that display the significance of women’s direction and leadership on the movie set. How the women have led these projects, what stories are told, and especially how they’re told, matter.

Support for this series has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

After screening “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” on Mar. 8 and “Losing Ground” (1982, dramedy, dir. by Kathleen Collins), BVFCC will show Bette Gordon’s 1983 film “Variety” on Tues., Mar. 22. The event starts at 7:30 PM.

From director Bette Gordon’s website:

Few films deal honestly with a female’s sexual point-of-view, and particularly with the way in which she develops her own fantasy world. Controversial and highly personal, “Variety” does just that, and in so doing announced itself as the major film of a director who embodies the essence of independent cinema.

Emerging out of the underground NYC arts scene that produced the late ‘80’s boom in American independent cinema, Variety contains the contributions of an impressive array of talent, including cinematographer Tom DiCillo (“Living in Oblivion”), actor Luis Guzman (“Boogie Nights”), a script by the late cult novelist Kathy Acker, and a score by actor and musician John Lurie (“Stranger Than Paradise,” “Down by Law”).

This is an indoor show so attendance is 35 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

 

 

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