Wednesday, August 03, 2011

BAC: Women's Film Series

Brewery Arts Center
449 West King Street
Carson City

Celebrate films “By and About Women” at the BAC’s Friday Film Series. The five week series began in July and continues through August. Over the series you can enjoy a diverse line up of FREE films in BAC’s Performance Hall.

Thursday, August 4, 8pm
…But Then, She’s Betty Carter
A film by Michelle Parkerson
This lively film is an unforgettable portrait of legendary vocalist Betty Carter, one of the greatest living exponents of jazz. Uncompromised by commercialism throughout her long career, she has forged alternative criteria for success — including founding her own recording company and raising her two sons as a single parent. Parkerson’s special film captures Carter’s musical genius, her paradoxical relationship with the public and her fierce dedication to personal and artistic independence.

Friday, August 5, 8pm
Divorce Iranian Style
A film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini
England, 1998, 80 minutes, Color
Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circumstances of Iranian women’s lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband beats her; Ziba, a 16-year-old trying to divorce her 38-year-old husband; and Maryam, who is desperately fighting to gain custody of her daughters, this deadpan chronicle showcases the strength, ingenuity, and guile with which they confront biased laws, a Kafaka-esque administrative system, and their husbands’ and families’ rage to gain divorces.

Friday, August 12, 8pm
Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go
A film by Kim Longinotto
UK, 2007, 100 minutes, Color
Harrowing at one moment and heartwarming the next, Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go is set at England’s Mulberry Bush School, founded by Barbara Dockar-Drysdale who developed unique methods for working with children suffering through severe emotional trauma.

Friday, August 19, 7:30pm
Short Video Contest Showing and Awards
and at 8pm Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business
A film by Helena Solberg and David Meyer
USA/Brazil, 1995, 92 minutes, Color, Subtitled
This fascinating film skillfully combines reenactments, interviews with confidants and commentators, and footage from her many films to tell the haunting story of 1940’s superstar Carmen Miranda. Charting Miranda’s transformation from famed Brazilian singer to Hollywood’s first Latina star to independent artist, award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Helena Solberg shows how Miranda’s saga exemplifies contradictions in the relationship between Latin America and the United States that persist today. At the convergence of sexual politics, cultural colonialism, and one woman’s life, this moving film powerfully explores the complex factors behind the image and life of the “Tutti-Frutti Woman,” Carmen Miranda.

Thursday, Aug 25, 8pm
Mary Lou Williams Music on My Mind
A film by Joanne Burke
Pioneering Black American composer-arranger-pianist Mary Lou Williams is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of jazz. In this authoritative film, lively interviews with Williams, Dizzy Gillepsie and Buddy Tate interweave the musical and personal elements of her dramatic life. At the height of her career, she dropped out of music to help drug-addicted musicians in Harlem, making a triumphant comeback fifteen years later. A spirited tribute to Williams’ indelible contribution to American culture, narrated by Roberta Flack.

[text and image from BAC]

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