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Six Portraits

Six Portraits

Six Portraits

Various / 95min / 16mm

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

Q&A with Tessa Hughes-Freeland and Mirra Bank following the screening.

BETTY TELLS HER STORY
Liane Brandon / 1972 / 20 min / 16mm

GUÉRILLÈRE TALKS
Vivienne Dick / 1978 / 28 min / DCP

FANNIE’S FILM
Fronza Woods / 1979 / 15 min / Digital

BABY DOLL
Tessa Hughes-Freeland / 1982 / 3 min / 16mm

YUDIE
Mirra Bank / 1974 / 20 min / 16mm

KELTIE'S BEARD
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