2017, Michelle Citron, USA, 35 min.
- Fri, Jun 23rd 8:00pm
- Wed, Jun 28th 8:15pm
Chicago-based filmmaker and scholar Citron, whose 1984 meta-documentary DAUGHTER RITE is a classic of feminist cinema, centers her latest film on a box of over 2,000 snapshots that had belonged to Norma and Virginia, a lesbian couple who lived together for nearly 50 years in East Rogers Park. These artifacts provide a fascinating window into the Chicago lesbian community of the pre-Stonewall era — a vanished world of bars, dances, parties, and beach outings which was hidden from mainstream society and later disdained by many post-Stonewall lesbians, but which Citron, in her first-person narration, seeks to decode and reclaim as a vital, neglected part of her own history and the history of all lesbians.
Followed by LEFTOVERS (2014, Michelle Citron, USA, 23 min.), described by Citron as an experimental documentary, which uses a paint-by-numbers motif to recount the last years of Norma and Virginia, nearly completely isolated save for a neighbor who cared for them and, after their deaths, discovered the photographs that inspired these two films. Both in DCP digital. (MR)
June 23 at 8:00 PM and June 28 at 8:15 PM: Director Michelle Citron will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.