Tricia's Wedding + Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom
Screening introduced by Ed Halter and followed by a Q&A with Halter and Lebert Bethune.
1971 / 33 mins / DCP
Director: Milton Miron
MALCOLM X: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM
1966 / 30 mins / 16mm
Director: Lebert Bethune
16mm print courtesy the New York Public Library for the Perforing Arts.
Grove and Evergreen were ardent advocates for gay literature and film, many years before Stonewall. One of their most notorious films was Tricia’s Wedding, a raunchy spoof of presidential daughter Tricia Nixon’s nuptials, performed by the underground San Francisco drag troupe The Cockettes, appearing in the personae of Rose Kennedy, Jackie Onassis, Mamie Eisenhower, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Diller and others. Grove Film Division distributed Tricia’s Wedding, along with Jean Genet’s Un Chant d’amour and Kenneth Anger’s Fireworks, as part of a package called “Films from the Liberated Underground,” and promoted it with the following quote about the Cockettes’ film from The Village Voice: “Hysterically funny, yet a serious statement on sexual politics...the film is tremendous fun but also strongly anarchic in sensibility both in its anything-goes style and its apocalyptic finale. The polymorphously perverse orgy with which the film ends is a revolutionary vision.”
One of a number of films distributed by Grove that focused on Black liberation, Malcolm X: Struggle for Freedom was praised by directors like Chris Marker and Joris Ivens for its up-close portrayal of the radical civil rights leader, directed by Jamaican-American filmmaker Lebert Bethune. Grove promoted Bethune’s film as part of a proposed Afro-American studies curricula for high schools and universities, along with the bestselling Autobiography of Malcolm X, which Grove also published. “An impressive portrait of this historic figure, filmed during his trip to Europe and Africa, just three months before his tragic assassination in the United States. With global perspective and calm but uncompromising logic, Malcolm discusses racial and other social agonies of our age, at a time when his views were rapidly evolving towards a new approach to racial action and organization.”—Grove Film Division catalog
Co-presented by Light Industry