FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Margot Gerber
323/461-2020, ext. 115
November 29, 2000

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS THIRD ANNUAL "WOMEN IN SHORTS" FILM
PROGRAM, PLUS ACTRESS KAREN BLACK IN-PERSON WITH THE NEW DOCUMENTARY, KAREN
BLACK: ACTRESS AT WORK

Co-presented with Women In Film

Thursday, December 7, 2000

HOLLYWOOD - On Thursday, December 7, 2000, the American Cinematheque
spotlights films with female protagonists, that deal with female issues. The
evening will include a seven film short film program entitled "Women In
Shorts," as well as a special screening of the new documentary, "Karen
Black: Actress At Work" - featuring an in-person appearance by actress Karen
Black. All screenings take place in the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler
Theatre at the historic Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between
Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.
At 7:15 PM is the Cinematheque's third annual Women in Shorts program. These
films look at, among other topics: sexual issues, ageism, domestic abuse,
creative dreams made real, drug abuse and rock & roll. Funny, painful,
beautiful, surreal, smart and sexy: sound like a woman you know? The
program includes: Relah Eckstein's "Lucy's Dream" (13 min.) From the
director of one of our favorite visual treats, "Oatmeal," comes this funny,
surreal story of a dog who dreams she's a woman, who's in love with her
master who fantasizes she's a rock & roll drummer in an all-girl band. Got
that? Featuring Gina Schock of The Go Go's and Tosh Berman. Marcel DeJure
's "Blow Me" (12 min.) L.A. Premiere! Two LA. archetypes: one a beautiful
"seen it all" blonde - the other a pot-smoking wannabe actor - together they
have a few laughs -- and moments of self-discovery. Louis Pepe's "The
Dictionary Artist" (19 min.) Best Short Film/ Hamptons Film Festival '99 --
L.A. Premiere! A professional illustrator struggles with her desire to
achieve creative satisfaction in the workplace in this charming, surreal
film. Mollie Jones's "Invisible" (5 min.) L.A. Premiere! A woman
disappears. The director of "Debutante" wows us again with her distinct
visual style. Sheila Sofian's "Survivors" (16 min.) An unusual and
Women in Shorts-- page 2
moving animated piece which uses ink and crayon drawings on images to
illustrate audio interviewers with survivors of domestic abuse. The winner
of multiple awards, "Survivors" won First Prize in the 15-30 min. film
category at the World Festival of Animation. Orla Walsh's "Blessed Fruit"
(16 min.) A "post-Catholic" Irish woman's imagination runs wild with the
possibilities of an unplanned pregnancy. Deborah Baxtrom's "Ethel's Sofa"
(7 min.) Hilarious look at turning the tables on how we view older women as
frail, sexless, victims. Please note that these films do not necessarily
screen in the order listed here. Q & A will follow with several of the
filmmakers, including Relah Eckstein, Christina Beck, Louis Pepe, Mollie
Jones, Sheila Sofian & Deborah Baxtrom.
Following at 9:30 PM is the documentary, KAREN BLACK: ACTRESS AT WORK
(2000, 57min), directed by Kerry Feltham. "Karen Black: Actress At Work," is
a revealing and provocative hour-long documentary about the actress best
known for roles in NASHVILLE, DAY OF THE LOCUST, FIVE EASY PIECES, AIRPORT
1975, and TRILOGY OF TERROR. Feltham shows us Ms. Black's grounded, Zen way
of coping with crazy shoots, endless plane rides, various hotel rooms and
directors and lighting people who don't understand her eyes. Those eyes!
"Actress At Work" intersperses clips from her many film roles as well as
interviews with directors and family members. Whether you are a fan of Karen
Black, or just someone who is interested in a "behind the scenes" look at
the creative process of filmmaking, you will enjoy this engaging portrait of
the actress, mother, wife, and Southern California resident. Q & A will
follow with Karen Black and director Kerry Feltham.
Separate admission for each program. Tickets: $5 Cinematheque & Women In
Film Members and $7 general admission. Please check our website for updates
about filmmakers appearing for discussion with their films.
Press kits, black & white and color photos as well as " screening cassettes
are available. Call Publicist Margot Gerber for press materials at
323.461.2020, ext. 115 or Publicity Assistant Jasmine Ong at x-116. Karen
Black is available for interview through director Kerry Feltham. He can be
reached at 310.454.6806.
For information about American Cinematheque events, please call
323.466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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Hollywood, CA 90028 tel (323) 466-3456 fax (323) 461.9737
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