(y'alls know how i feel about Jerry Lewis, oh he of mahvelous pinkie ringdom...And yet this is his first appearance on continuumfilmblog!)
@ Headlands and egged on by Will Brown (they didn't have to ask twice--or even entirely finish the question the first time) Paul Clipson and I are going to blab on ad infinitum or whenever Paul runs out of clips (5th of Nevuary) about our own Jerry Lewis!
I'm here! On the West Coast! At The Headlands Center For the Arts! I arrived with a cold and a little melancholy but I'm beginning to chilllax (as opposed to having chills) and to start to take "it" in!
The Center is in Sausalito, a place I visited once in the 70's with my parents. We visited and stayed with my parents great friends, Archie and Vesta Williams. Archie was a fellow retired Tuskegee Airman whose lifestyle choices seemed so opposite to my father’s corporate post military life yet they remained buddies since their WW2 flying days. We drove up the twisting streets up to their self-built earthquake proof (?!)house set up on a stilt system. Archie, a science teacher, was building a portable planetarium. Vesta, had a loom. They cooked a pork roast in a smoker and we had homemade chutney with it. We bought heavy brown Heath ceramic plates and slept on futons and listened to jazz. How was it my parents had these hip, artistic friends!!
So, I also am finding it quite moving and full of vague but evocative memories here...
Passing a little floating city of houseboats on the way to the Headlands, I recalled amazing scenes that I saw in The Beaches of Agnès (Les Plages d'Agnes)
--by the one person I wish I could turn into, the transcendent Agnès Varda! To begin my headlands posts from Marin county and the environs take a look at this sweet short, Oncle Yanko!
photo: ina archer: wyoming, post RNC "minstrel show" starring Clint Eastwood Here's the fabulous Flotilla Debarge's take on the chair dance!(ps; for sensitive ears, the language is a little Blue, in more ways than one...)
A timely and entertaining 22 minutes, please watch Kartemquin's The Gender Gap Movie preserved in part with funding from NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund. Then confirm your polling location and VOTE!
(From the Lincoln Center Screening this past Oct.)
Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap
Jenny Rohrer, 1984
USA | 16 minutes
This rare screening of this remarkable and incredibly timely
film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Jenny Rohrer
(director), Nancy Meyer (co-producer), Nicole Hollander (cartoonist),
Page Gardner (Founder/President, Women’s Voices, Women Vote Action Fund
and The Voter Participation Center), Amy Richards (author/activist),
and Faye Anderson (filmmaker/public policy consultant).
As America gears up for the presidential election, an undeniable gender
gap is apparent between the two candidates. This film was made to
mobilize women voters before the 1984 election, when Ronald Reagan was
running against former vice president Walter Mondale. The documentary
explores the growing difference in the voting patterns of men and women
(the gender gap) that could no longer be denied by the mid-1980's. These
issues, including equal pay, environmental justice, subsidized
childcare, job creation, and healthcare, became wedge issues in Ronald
Reagan's America as more and more women joined the workforce. The film
tackles the subject of women’s voter participation and equal rights
with both humor and depth.
Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap interweaves testimony by a
diverse group of women discussing the issues that matter to them with
satirical animated scenes by the cartoonist Nicole Hollander, creator of
the comic strip Sylvia. The film was featured at the 1984
Democratic National Convention and screened at the National Convention
of the Organization of Women that same year.
The film was a product of the venerable Chicago filmmaking collective,
Kartemquin Films, the now 45-year-old institution whose mission is to
make socially conscientious documentaries that inspire change in
society. Women’s Voices is the result of a collective filmmaking process
at a time when women were underrepresented in film production, and were
rarely considered producers or directors.