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.

 

 

Film series “Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmakers” continues on Tues., Mar. 15, with “Losing Ground”

Best Video Film & Cultural Center is presenting a film series that highlights up-and-coming and historically unrecognized women behind the camera. Raizine Bruton and Jules Larson, of BVFCC staff, have curated as their first installment of the series “Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmaking,” three films 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, the second film in the series is “Losing Ground” (1982, dramedy, dir. by Kathleen Collins).

Kathleen Collins was the first Black American woman to direct a full-length feature film since the 1920’s. Though it was completed in 1982, there was no theatrical release until Collins’ daughter, Nina, rescued the original 16mm print from then-liquidating DuArt film processing lab in 2010. The film screened on restored 16mm, receiving rave and prestigious reviews for what has been called in Seattle-based weekly, The Stranger, from their A.E. Charles Mudede, “one of the most important and original American films of the second half of the 20th century.”

This will be an indoors event with the following covid protocols in place:

• 35 attendees max
• proof of vaccination required
• masks required (they can be lowered to take drinks or eat popcorn but should be raised back up when done)

Remaining schedule for the series:

Tues., March 15, 730 PM: “Losing Ground” (1982, comedy/drama, dir. by Kathleen Collins)

Tues, March 22 730 PM: “Variety” (1983, neo-noir, feminist sexploitation, dir. by Bette Gordon)

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Film series “Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmakers” starts on Tues., Mar. 8, with “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Best Video Film & Cultural Center is pleased to announce a new film series that will highlight up-and-coming and historically unrecognized women behind the camera. Raizine Bruton and Jules Larson, of BVFCC staff, have curated as their first installment of the series “Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmaking,” three films 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.

The series will launch with Céline Sciamma’s modern feminist classic, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”(2019) on March 8th at 7:30 PM. It will be introduced by film scholar, Leana Hirschfeld-Kroen. She is currently a lecturer in Film & Media Studies at Yale University, where she received her PhD in Film & Media Studies and Comparative Literature in 2021. There will be time for discussion until the screening, starting at 8 PM. Tickets for admission will be $5.

This will be an indoors event with the following covid protocols in place:

• 35 attendees max
• proof of vaccination required
• masks required (they can be lowered to take drinks or eat popcorn but should be raised back up when done)

The schedule for the series:

Tues., March 8, 730 PM: “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (2019, Lesbian romantic drama, dir. by Céline Sciamma)

Tues., March 15, 730 PM: “Losing Ground” (1982, comedy/drama, dir. by Kathleen Collins)

Tues, March 22 730 PM: “Variety” (1983, neo-noir, feminist sexploitation, dir. by Bette Gordon)