Dating from 1950 to 1984, these 11 short films contain experimental narratives, personal documentaries, and abstract animation from the likes of Mary Ellen Bute, Storm de Hirsch, Faith Hubley, and Marie Menken, as well as contemporary voices of living female artists. Asserting the contributions of women filmmakers in the canon of the American experimental avant-garde, this program also celebrates 15 years of direct financial support for preservation of historically under-recognized films by women through the Women's Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television.
Featured in the program: Pastorale (1950, dir. Mary Ellen Bute), Divination (1964, dir. Storm de Hirsch), Windy Day (1967, dir. Faith Hubley), Zenscapes (1969, dir. Marie Menken), Anything You Want to Be (1971, dir. Liane Brandon), Homage to Magritte (1974, dir. Anita Thacher), Michigan Avenue (1973, dir. Bette Gordon), Coney (1975, dir. Caroline Ahlfors Mouris, Frank Mouris), Desire Pie (1976, dir. Lisa Crafts), Remains to be Seen (1983, dir. Jane Aaron), and Bent Time (1984, dir. Barbara Hammer). Special thanks to Academy Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, Emily Hubley, The Museum of Modern Art Department of Film, Cecile Starr, and the individual filmmakers for their participation.
Tribeca Talks: Join us for a conversation with an eclectic group of women filmmakers who helped shape avant-garde cinema. Panelists to include: directors Liane Brandon, Lisa Crafts, Barbara Hammer, Jane Aaron, Bette Gordon, as well as Bute films curator/collector Cecile Starr, animator Emily Hubley, and Tribeca's experimental film programmer Jon Gartenberg. Moderated by Drake Stutesman, Co-Chair of The Women's Film Preservation Fund and editor of Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media.