Q&A with Tessa Hughes-Freeland and Mirra Bank following the screening.
BETTY TELLS HER STORY
Liane Brandon / 1972 / 20 min / 16mm
Vivienne Dick / 1978 / 28 min / DCP
Fronza Woods / 1979 / 15 min / Digital
Tessa Hughes-Freeland / 1982 / 3 min / 16mm
Mirra Bank / 1974 / 20 min / 16mm
Barbara Halpern Martineau / 1983 / 9 min / 16mm
Portraits of women living ordinary and eccentric lives including Yudie, focusing on an elderly Lower East Side lifer, looking back at a life lived on her own terms; Fannie’s Film, Fronza Woods’ beautiful portrait of an aging cleaning woman going through her day’s work while revealing her thoughts and aspirations in voiceover; Keltie’s Beard, in which a woman rhapsodizes about the pride she takes in her beard; Baby Doll, a film of two topless dancers preparing for work while talking about their job and their patrons; in Betty Tells Her Story, a woman tells the story of finding and losing the perfect dress twice, first as a humorous anecdote, then as a fulcrum of her anxieties and insecurities; and Guérillère Talks, Vivienne Dick’s single-reel portraits of No Wave icons including Pat Place and Lydia Lunch.
Films courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts