From Austin School of Film...
We are happy to announce the first two films (a short & a feature) for our new summer screening series highlighting WOMEN IN FILM! An official press release & poster will be coming soon but we just couldn't wait to share this!
*This screening is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
*BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) for OUTDOOR screening
*Complimentary drinks & hors d'œuvres while they last!
*This event is totally FREE on a first come basis. Please show up early (8:30pm) if you want to be able to attend.
AMERICAN REFLEXXX / Dir. Alli Coates (2015)
American Reflexxx is a short film documenting a social experiment that took place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Director Alli Coates captured performance artist Signe Pierce as she strutted down a busy oceanside street in stripper garb and a reflective mask. The pair agreed not to communicate until the experiment was completed, but never anticipated the horror that would unfold in under an hour. The result is a heart wrenching technicolor spectacle that raises questions about gender stereotypes, mob mentality, and violence in America.
DAISIES / Dir. Vera Chytilová (1966)
Daisies (Czech: Sedmikrásky) is a 1966 Czechoslovak comedy-drama film written and directed by Věra Chytilová considered a milestone of the Nová Vlna movement. Made with the support of the state-sponsored film studio, it follows two teenage girls, both named Marie, played by Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová, who engage in strange pranks. Innovatively filmed, and released two years before the Prague Spring, the film was labeled as "depicting the wanton" by the Czech authorities and banned. Director Chytilová was forbidden to work in her homeland until 1975. The film received the prestigious Grand Prix of the Belgian Film Critics Association.
A special thank you to Alli Coates (Dir) and Signe Pierce for letting us screen American Reflexxx for free for the Austin community.
WHY DID WE CHOOSE THESE FILMS?
American Reflexxx -----
"When I first heard about this social experiment back in 2013, I was anxious to watch the film and was finally able to do so earlier this month. American Reflexxx left a deep impression in me, being a queer identified person who has experienced a significant amount of social persecution and violence. Immediately I identified with the faceless figure and I knew I had to share with my community this important work."
- Gilbert Cruz (ASoF co-curator)
"It's simple. It's one of my most favorite films. Blending experimental cinema with humor and drama on the forefront of an important piece of film history especially within the feminist movement"
- Faiza Kracheni (ASoF co-curator)