Abby Moser, one of this year’s grant recipients, will be screening her piece at MoMA in NYC this Wednesday, along with pieces by Beth B. and Sadie Benning:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 7:00 p.m
Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC 2010. USA. Abby Moser. 60 min.
Belladonna 1989. USA. Beth B, Ida Applebroog. 25 min.
Jollies 1990. USA. Sadie Benning. 11 min.
This powerhouse feminist, DIY, badass female filmmaker could have easily been responsible for something akin to Women in Horror Month if she hadn’t died so young. Not only did she start her own production company with her mother, Ruth Jacobson, but she worked as an art activist, a journalist, a ‘zine writer and most importantly, the author of The S.T.I.G.M.A. Manifesto. I found this manifesto online just a week ago and read it wide-eyed (I don’t say that as an expression, my eyes were seriously bugging out!). Here was a document written well over a decade ago holding almost the same ideals behind the Women in Horror Month manifesto, calling out the “stigma” of women working in the film industry…. Jacobson is part of our horror and underground film lineage, but just like most women she has gone relatively unnoticed. We cannot allow her to be written out of history, and with that I am here now to recognize the amazing passion she had while carving out space for women in filmmaking.
Marie Losier, who was a recipient of the grant in 2007, just won a Teddy Award for her project”The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye.” We’re very proud to have supported it.
The jury gives the best documentary award to the Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye by Marie Losier. This film draws us into a whole new magical world of diversity where anything is possible; genders change, identities shift and two people can become one through pandrogyny. The jury feels that nobody could tell the story of this once in a lifetime love affair like Ms Losier, a filmmaker with the unique imagination to match her film’s subjects and the compassion to tell an extraordinary tale of queer pioneers into a simple and universal tale of love.